/ Asked by April
Your blog post about the four points on your resume mentions that an objective should be used on the resume. We're reading a lot of articles stating that professional statements or profiles should be used instead of objectives. Do you support this advice?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 29, 2016
When constructing your resume, it is critical to think of it from a marketing point of view.  You have a personal brand and the resume is one piece of sales or marketing material that is used to sell your brand.  As with any marketing material, your first goal should be to draw in the reader and make them want to learn more.  This is the primary purpose of the first paragraph of your resume.  Whether is constructed as a objective or a professional statement or something else, the intent should be to introduce you to the reader and make them want to learn more about you and why you might be a good fit for their company.  That is the most important part about this section of your resume.  Which format you use should depend on your background and how well you can write each.  As for which one, take a shot at writing both and go with the one that you feel best makes someone who does not know you want to learn more about you.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Honestly, it really depends. There is not a resume style that is perfect for everyone. Everyone has different experiences and goals, which means there will be varying types of resumes, objective and professional statements. Attending a career fair is very different than applying to an experienced professional role. An objective makes more sense to include at a career fair while applying to an experienced role a professional summary or statement could be the better option.
Keep in mind that while resumes should speak to who you are as both professional and individual; the overall presentation of who you are should reflect your pursuit more. Therefore, treat your objective or personal statement like an introduction to your strongest assets. If you are a versatile learner and team member and your qualities are more wholesome rather than specific, go with the objective but make sure it isn't a generic explanation. If you are looking to share specific attributes of your ambitions or professionalism go with a personal statement. Ultimately, the recruiter should be able to read your objective or statement and get a sense for what you can bring to the table: your personality, your ambitions and your talents.
My best piece of advice is to have different variations of your resume. Some variations could include: a resume with an objective; a resume with a professional summary; and a resume without an objective or professional summary. Having different variations will allow you to assess the situation and gauge which resume would benefit you the most. Ask your peers for feedback on your resumes to further gauge the reaction of the differences.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to this question. It depends on the type of position you are applying to and your years of professional experience. For more experienced professionals, I would encourage including a professional summary/profile as opposed to an objective statement. For entry-level employment, I think you could go either way to include an objective or not include one at all. I think the desire for an objective statement could also vary by recruiter based on their style or personal preference. I would personally only encourage adding an objective statement (for entry-level employment) if you need to fill space on your resume. If having an objective statement is the factor that makes your resume flow on to a second page, I would encourage you to remove it. For entry-level job seekers, I would prefer to see a resume that fits on one page than have an objective statement. If you do choose to include an objective, it is important to ensure the statement matches the company and position you are applying to. I have seen situations where a candidate will include a company name in their objective statement and not update it when applying with another company. Or, I have seen objective statements that imply the candidate is looking for a specific type of position but the position they applied to is a completely different field. If you don’t trust yourself to update your objective every time you apply to a position, I would recommend removing it.
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