How Your Perspective is Killing Your Resume

Do you have an objective statement on your resume?  If so, you could be sabotaging your job hunt before you’ve even started.

Objective statements stopped being considered best practice long ago.  The standard objective statement goes something like this:

“To obtain a job in a field that interests me and allows me to use my skills and education with a growing company that has opportunities for advancement.”

The thing about objective statements is they are almost always written from the perspective of the jobseeker.  This perspective is focused on what an employer can do or be for them.  What industry is the employer in, what is the size of the organization, is there room for advancement, will the position challenge me? 

The problem is, this is not the perspective of hiring managers when reading your resume.  They don’t read a resume wondering what they can offer you; at least not initially.  Hiring managers read resumes from a perspective that evaluates what value you have to offer them. Will you be a good fit for the position? What are the skills you bring with you that can benefit their organization? 

Essentially, this is the exact opposite of an objective statement.  If hiring managers aren’t reading your resume from that perspective, then you shouldn’t be writing from that perspective either.

Instead of an objective statement, use a brief summary to open your resume.  You should include a bit about your background, value, and differentiator.  You should be able to tell the hiring manager within 3-5 sentences or bullets what makes you uniquely qualified for the position.  Do you have the experience they are looking for; have you built a career in their industry; and what have you accomplished for past organizations. Maybe you have a valuable skill set that sets you apart from the competition; this is the place to mention it. 

Consider your summary your elevator pitch!  Write to the perspective of the hiring manager by showing you have the ability to bring value to their organization and that you’re qualified for the position; hiring managers are more likely to keep reading….and you’re more likely to get an interview!