Okay – on to my answer: Historical convention say you should have an Objective on your resume. Unfortunately, that “it’s the way we have always done it!” argument is not valid.
It’s a debate that just won’t die. Some career advisors and hiring managers prefer to see objectives on resumes, while others consider them a waste of space. For a jobseeker, it can be incredibly frustrating to get two conflicting pieces of advice. So what should you do? Leave it on or take it off?
Are Your Still Using an Objective Statement on Your Resume?
If you are looking for a career in management, you most likely have years of professional experience under your belt. However, remember that it isn't always the best-qualified candidate that gets the job. You have to present your qualifications and your skills in a way that will catch the attention of a hiring manager, and one of the best ways to do that is through the objective statement on your resume.
I am often asked this question and always tell people that I am not a fan of objectives on resumes unless you are looking for a complete career change or only for a very niche type of position. Otherwise, objectives usually end up with one of two problems:Not all jobs require good writing skills. Some don’t require the writing skills at all. For some jobs (many of them technical in nature), employers are not interested in reading cover letters when considering candidates – they jump straight to the resume. In these cases, it may be a good idea to put an Objective on your resume.I have to admit that, for the most part, I am NOT a fan of Objective statements on resumes, so please know that my advice is influenced by that personal bias.