By now, you have probably figured out that traditional resume objectives are on my list of pet peeves. Why? Because they take up valuable resume real estate and essentially say nothing to a potential employer about your qualifications.

Yet, I probably receive at least 10 resumes per week for review that contain an objective statement. Since this was a widely publicized convention for a while (meaning back when I graduated from college!), it seems to have persisted beyond its time.

One problem with objective statements is that they are basically variations of the same statement (“seeking a challenging position utilizing my skills and abilities”). It doesn’t matter if you swap “rewarding” for “challenging,” or if you throw in a unique catchphrase such as “in order to leverage my capability to deliver on key business objectives.” It’s still canned.

A resume profile or summary can take the place of an objective and furnish hiring managers with precise information on why they should hire you. The summary can also contain an accomplishment that represents the pinnacle of your career. As you will see, it catches the eye much more quickly.

This before-and-after comparison is a classic example:

Before
“Objective: Secure employment with a dynamic technology organization that will utilize my leadership abilities.”

After
“Visionary, quality-focused technical leader and executive board member credited with $3.6M savings through efficiency and processing improvements affecting networks, corporate IT standards, and telecommunications practices. Fluent in technology utilization to meet corporate goals.”


While the former focuses on what the future employer should offer, the latter supplies information on what the candidate will deliver.

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