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Objective: Write a Resume Objective

One of the fun parts of my job is cruising around the Internet finding information that might help our job seekers in their employment search. As I was sniffing around Pinterest today, reading up on ways to write a resume that stands out, I noticed in the comments of this article by Josh Steele a bluntly phrased remark: “The objective is obsolete. Why would you tell someone to put this on a resume?”

Wow – obsolete? Could that be putting things a touch strongly? On our Pinterest page, I keep a board of resume tips – while not all the articles I’ve collected there outright recommend an objective, the ones that do strongly emphasize the same things both a comment moderator on Josh Steele’s article and one of our Professional Recruiters Caitlin Hall-Sharp stated: the objective must be concise and articulate exactly what you are looking for in a job. It needs to add value.

As Arnie Fertig puts it in this article, any resume reader now assumes that the objective of a candidate submitting their resume is to be hired for the job offered. There are other ways, as Susan Ireland says on her comprehensive list of resume objectives, of making clear your career goals; these include letting your job history speak for itself or putting a title at the top of your resume with your name (like “Administrative Assistant”). All sources I’ve found which are in favour of using an objective statement make it clear that it needs to be tailored, specific, and support exactly what you are looking for in your new role. Ireland specifies that an objective may be especially useful when you are making a career change or your work history “lacks focus because you have held many types of jobs” – situations where you want to make explicitly clear what you are looking for. Also, as stated by Amna Masood, the comments moderator on the Josh Steele article, sometimes your resume will be going to someone who may have more than one job opportunity available. There, it is your responsibility to convey exactly what you’re looking for in a job as well as what you’re bringing to the table.

So – do you need an objective? You may not need a section of your resume explicitly titled objective, but there does need to be a clear and unambiguous statement of what you are looking for in your next position and what your contributions will be to your new role. Another of our Professional Recruiters, Jenna Nakamura, recommends this article by Kim Isaacs for interesting tidbits about writing resumes. Visit our Pinterest board for more!

As always, if you have questions for our recruiters, you can submit them at and one of our Professional Recruiters will reply. Happy resume-writing!

Rae, First Impressions Coordinator 

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