Jag Venugopal's Blog

June 26, 2012

The ‘Objectives’ section on a resume

Filed under: Business — Jag @ 6:30 am

To borrow a phrase from Junior Soprano — An entire forest in the pacific northwest has probably given its life for the cause of the objectives section on resumes. To no end whatsoever.

When someone’s looking for a job, there’s only one objective they have — to land a job that pays well, and where they have the opportunity to succeed. The rest is all fluff; both the applicant and hiring manager know it. Yet, egged on by ignorant authors of resume writing books, applicants continue to fill an entire paragraph with cliches.

For the love of God, please don’t state an objective at all. I know what your objective is. I don’t want to read “to leverage, maximize, and further develop my skills and work ethic and leadership skills into a mutually rewarding relationship where I play a senior IT role for the success of the organization in an intensely competitive marketplace”.

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