Re: Objectives on resumes and other stuff

Subject: Re: Objectives on resumes and other stuff
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 15:32:32 +0800

"Wiley, Karen P." <WileyKP1 -at- APLMSG -dot- JHUAPL -dot- EDU>
> 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.

True, but this isn't an argument particularly against objectives.
There's no room in your resume for *anything* that comes across as
canned and shallow.

Having said that, I would leave the objective out in most cases. I
would mainly use it to explain a career shift or to counter a possible
wrong impression that the hirer may get from the rest of the resume.

Mythical example: my job history and qualifications might be weighted
toward programming, with only nuggets of TW experience. A hirer might
assume from this that programming jobs are scarce and I'm merely wanting
a TW job to tide me over until something better turns up.

I would use the Objective to counter this impression by trying to show
a logical progression from my background to my present urge to make a
career in technical writing.

> 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.

Yes -- this sort of bean-bag filler in a resume really annoys me.

Stuart Burnfield "Fun, fun, fun
Functional Software Pty Ltd In the sun, sun, sun. . ."
mailto:slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au

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