"Objective" on résumé -- really?
March 9, 2011 9:45 PM Subscribe
"Objective" section on résumé -- necessary?
posted by colinmarshall to work & money (34 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I understand that the how-to wisdom of the résumé ancients dictates that thou shalt put an "Objective" section at the top. In it, thou shalt describe thyself as an "accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits administration in an entry-level human resources position" or something even worse.
But -- really? This seems charade-y even by the standards of the crazy charades people put on to get jobs. That, and I've never been able to bear how dorky I feel when trying to write one, so I never actually do. If you hire people, do you expect to see a laid-out "Objective" on a résumé? Would it weird you out if you didn't see one there? If you routinely get hired for things based on your résumé, do you ever do it sans "Objective"?