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Do you use the Objectives section on your resume?

Some people place a paragraph at the top of their resume that talks about their career objectives or sums up the characteristics that would make them good employees. Do you use this feature?

I've got a question I'd like to throw out to you guys. You know that place — usually at the beginning — on a resume where you list your career objective or your general characteristics or qualifications? For example, this is the place you'd see "Committed to superior customer service" or "Great interpersonal skills." I'd like to know if any of you still use that section. It seems a little superfluous to me and I'm not sure if hiring managers look very hard at it. It's obviously very subjective, and you could make the same points, more concretely, in a listing of your actual work experience and qualifications farther down on the page. But then, it could be a nice place to just summarize what your qualifications will bear out in the rest of your resume. What do you think?

I'm going to post a poll in IT Leadership to find out how many managers look at this section and I'll let you know what they say.


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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