I often wonder what ultimately happens to the attorney who applies for a particular position and states that their “Career Objective” is to work as attorney for that particular company or firm but is not offered the position.  Does this person simply sell off all of their worldly possessions and move to a deserted island?  My guess is that this person will bounce back and find another position that will be their new career objective.

Many resumes we review contain an “Objective” section at the top of the resume.  Mostly, this seems to provide an opportunity to state the obvious, offer some incredibly vague plan that ultimately leads to world peace, or make a statement that is so self-serving it does not seem remotely genuine.

This is not to say that we do not see some decent Objective sections.  The best ones seem to weave together the applicant’s sincere goals with their ability to add value to the company or firm.  Some people also chose to list the particular position that they are applying for in this section rather than a cover letter.  Although I would not encourage this course, it is better than just submitting a resume without any statement as to what position interests you.

More and more we are seeing the Objection section replaced by a “Summary” section.  This a much better use of resume space and the limited time that an employer is going to spend reviewing your resume.  The Summary allows you to market your skills and experience in way that can be difficult to convey in the standard resume format (listing what you have done in the past).

Keep in mind that most employers do not hire people to fulfill that individual’s hopes and dreams.  Employers want someone who can add value to their organization.  So are you better served by listing your objectives or summarizing how you can benefit the organization?  Lose the Objective and go with the Summary.



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