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Old 08-23-2016, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I have used one and been hired but recently I have had recruiters say ditch it?

I like to use it in lieu of a cover letter at times since it's the top of resume it get their 15-30 seconds of attention.

Curious what others think
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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Just curious, what does it say?
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:54 PM
 
Location: US
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I ditched "objective" in favor of "Career summary" and was much happier with it.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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My opinion is that objective statement is completely useless. I have never used one, and the vast majority of resumes I see for openings do not include one.

I am in the minority and put a great value on a cover letter. I have a cover letter as a requirement for all openings that I lost, and I will reject candidates who cannot write a decent one.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:31 PM
 
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I have used one and been hired but recently I have had recruiters say ditch it?

I like to use it in lieu of a cover letter at times since it's the top of resume it get their 15-30 seconds of attention.

Curious what others think
Yeah, don't use it. I've seen far too many resumes with odd statements which aren't of help to employers. You only have a few seconds of them reading a resume to decide to continue looking at it, so don't waste it with an objective.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:40 PM
 
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I had one up until about five years ago. They have fallen out of fashion which I am glad of. I could never write one I was satisfied with.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:04 AM
 
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I haven’t used an “objective” in decades.
But whether there’s an objective on the resume or not, I don’t see how it takes the place of a cover letter. They don’t serve the same purpose at all.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:29 AM
 
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I ditched "objective" in favor of "Career summary" and was much happier with it.
This has been the trend for some time. Objective statement was a 90s thing.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Using an objective statement today just shows the interviewer that you are 40+ years old most likely.

I love looking at resumes today and seeing objective statements such as: To obtain the ____ position posted.

No kidding?
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Hickory, NC
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Using an objective statement today just shows the interviewer that you are 40+ years old most likely.

I love looking at resumes today and seeing objective statements such as: To obtain the ____ position posted.

No kidding?
At least they're not beating around the bush. An objective that says anything else is just fluff.
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