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Old 09-02-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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I sometimes give informal advice to younger people who are looking for jobs. I tell them to take off the "objective" section, because, IMHO, it basically boils down to saying "I want a job." The jobs they are generally applying for are low-wage entry-level positions that require a 2-year degree and a small amount of internship experience.

I have heard differing opinions about the objective section and want to know if I am giving correct advice.

I did a basic search of the forum to see if this topic was discussed recently and didn't see anything. If there is an existing thread, please post the link. Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Hanover, PA
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I'm in the camp of those that leave it off as well. Its usually just a "fluff" section anyway.. I mean.. employers know what your objective is: "To get a job"..

Putting a fluffy objective is just taking up space on the resume that could be used for something more tangible in its content.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: here
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Years ago, I was advised to tailor the objective to the specific job. More recently I was advised to leave it off and replace it with a summary. In a summary you can use key words to describe yourself.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Thanks. I had a feeling it was a trend that has come and gone. Some of these kids seem to be getting advice from their college career office that is based on old trends. The career advisers need to stay up to date.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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I think the summary thing is a great idea. I agree that the career advisers aren't living in the real world at the ones I've encountered at my local university.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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i think that is something that should be elaborated on in the cover letter.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: California
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i use a single line summary that is specifically tailored to the job I am seeking.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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i use a single line summary that is specifically tailored to the job I am seeking.
What do you mean by a summary? Do you mean a summary of your objective? Or summary of your qualifications?
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: California
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A summary of the position I am trying to obtain and my qualifications.

Something like "Experienced Human Resources Generalist looking to transition from a corporate environment to a smaller business where I can gain more varied experience"
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think summaries are for people who have worked in the field they are seeking employment in while objective section is usually entry level type jobs for people with less than 1 year work experience.
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