Last week, I opened up a discussion by asking if you use the Objectives section on your resume. Apparently, this was a topic a lot of you feel strongly about because 172 posted your reasons for or against the resume element. Many said they use it to let the potential employer know what they are interested in, while some use it as shorthand for a cover letter in case the cover letter gets misplaced in the chain of interview steps.TechRepublic member karen said, "I put my career goals in my objective section. For example, if a job description mentions that it will entail working with basic VoIP, this is where I might say that I am interested in pursuing a certification in VoIP." Others, like Palmetto, thought it was just a waste of keystrokes. "There's only one objective and that's to get hired. Anything else is superfluous nonsense unsuccessfully attempting to disguise the truth."
I would say about a third of those who responded in the discussion use the statement, a third do not, and the other third say they recommend it only if the statement specifically matches the job they're applying for. Take a look at the discussion — it yielded some great advice.
When I posted that blog, I promised that I would run a poll for IT managers and ask them if they look at the Objectives statement on job candidates' resumes. Out of 259 respondents, 58% said they do look at them and 42% do not.Hiring manager gary.hughes said, "I do read the objective section if it is included. However, more times than not, the candidate would have made a better impression without including that section. Just provide me with solid qualifications and experiences that will make me interested enough to bring you in for an interview. If you get the interview, then we can discuss your forward-looking objectives."
Toni Bowers is the former 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.