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.