Show, Don’t Tell: An Objective Vs. a Profile in Your Resume.

Hello and Happy Holidays!

Many times when a client gives me their resume to edit, the resume includes an Objective, a Work History section and an Education section. The first thing I do is remove the Objective and add, in its place, a Profile or Summary section.

There are two reasons why an Objective isn’t needed:

1). We already know. Many times, an objective sounds something like this: “To utilize my skills in the field of education,” or “To find an IT position that fits my goals and background.” Well… yeah, we already knew that. To state your objective is redundant. The fact that you are applying for the job to begin with makes your objective obvious: you want that position, and you feel your skills are a good fit (or else you wouldn’t be there in the first place). Hopefully your professional history, as outlined in your resume, reflects that.

2). It’s a waste of space. The Objective is often placed at the top of the resume, making it the first thing people see. You should use that prime resume real estate to outline the skills, traits, and strengths that are unique to you and that make you the perfect fit for the job.

Instead of telling people you want the job, show them you’re the perfect candidate for the job. The internet has basically left each of us with the attention span of a fruit fly, so we need to take this into account when we write our resumes. Your resume should include eye-catching key words and phrases that leave people impressed and wanting to call you in for an interview. Which brings me to…. (dun-dun-dun)….

The Profile Section

The Profile (or Summary) section of your resume is your golden opportunity to really shine and stand out from the crowd. Here, you want to outline the things that set you apart from your competition. Briefly list what you perceive to be your strengths. Are you an excellent problem-solver and you think on your feet, even in hectic work environments? Put that here. Are you able to focus on multiple projects simultaneously without sacrificing quality? Add that in as well. Important: Keep it short and sweet! You don’t want long paragraphs here, just a concise, well-written list.

In your Profile section, you can also highlight certain skills that you think are crucial to getting the job you want. Additionally and if there’s room, you can add a line for technical proficiencies and languages spoken.

If you’re an IT professional, your Profile section will look vastly different from that of a school teacher; if you’re a CEO, your Profile section should outline past accomplishments and leadership qualities, while if you are an Administrative Assistant, you may focus on computer and people skills.

Take advantage of this precious space on your resume to stand out from the crowd! It’ll be worth it in the end.

As always, if you need help writing or editing your resume, or have any questions, contact me anytime.

Good luck out there!

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