Re: Objectives on resumes and other stuff

Subject: Re: Objectives on resumes and other stuff
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:45:22 -0700

I say you should always put the objective in the resume. It doesn't have
to be long or wordy, just a simple statement of the position you're
looking for. In my experience, the cover letter never makes it past HR.
When we interview, we only see the resume. As for job fairs, forget
about anything verbal making it back to the office. If you're a likely
candidate, you get a star on your resume to indicate someone worth
calling, but that isn't where the decisions are made. In fact, you could
end up handing your resume to a person who has nothing to do with your
company, that is, an employee of the job fair organizer who is giving
you a break.

If you get a chance to volunteer for your company presence at a job
fair, take it. It's an eye-opener, and it might change how you write
your resume.

- Scott Miller
smiller -at- portal -dot- com


> If a person is responding to a specific ad, for instance, and has the
> capability to tailor a resume to include certain objectives to match
> that ad, then fine, do it. However, if a person is going to a job
> fair,
> for example, with a stack of resumes to give to various business types
> and kinds, then no, leave it out. Also, for a person just seeking
> that
> first position, objectives are often canned and shallow, telling HR or
> anyone else little about the goal of that person. When in doubt, I
> vote
> leave it out. Spell it out in a cover letter or verbally at a job
> fair,
> don't have 50 copies made with the same objectives. Honestly, most of
> those objectives state that you are looking for a position that has
> upward mobility to use your education blah, blah, blah... Space is
> better used otherwise.

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