Why Your Resume Needs a Career Summary NOT an Objective

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt stupid writing an Objective on a resume. You’ve searched and searched to find the job you want to apply for, and you’ve spent hours laying out your experience neatly on your resume. All the while, you’re avoiding that pesky objective. What is it anyway? You’re already applying for the job, so why do they need your “objective”? YOUR OBJECTIVE IS TO GET THE JOB, RIGHT?

Bizarre, I know, and that’s exactly why you should ditch the Objective and add a Career Summary. An Objective adds literally nothing to your resume that the person reading it doesn’t already know, so why not use that valuable real estate for info that’s going to set you apart and help you land the interview?

A Career Summary is a 2-4 sentence synopsis of your experience, accomplishments, and goals. The goal of the Career Summary is to give the reader a quick summary of your resume so that they’re immediately drawn in to how great you are. Don’t make them spend their 6 seconds scanning for helpful info. Frontload them with the right info, and it’ll make them keep reading.

Here’s a good example for someone in sales:

Innovative Sales Manager with over 5 years’ experience in new customer acquisition, business to business, and extensive reporting. Proven leader consistently topping sales teams of 50+ with a lifetime of over $2 million. Pursuing new opportunities to implement fresh, cut-of-the-edge sales techniques and leadership approaches in upper sales management.

A couple notes on that example:

  • It’s quick and to the point, only 3 sentences.
  • It packs a lot of punches, listing skills, experiences, and goals.
  • It uses several keywords that are probably in the job description of the job they’re applying for.
  • It quantifies in several different categories.
  • Overall, it gives a quick picture of what this person is all about.

So what do you think? Are you tired of wasting space in your resume on a useless Objective? Spend some time reading through your resume and the job description you’re applying to and then write a Career Summary. Better yet, have us edit your current resume or create you a new one. Check out our service options here. Trust me, it’ll help the person reviewing your resume and give you a much better shot at making it to the next level.