Is That Really Necessary?


Welcome back to our job search blog series.  Hard to believe it’s day 12 in our Get Hired program.  I’m really excited about supporting you in your job search efforts.


Question of the Day: Did you draft your resume?


A resume objective is not mandatory and many experts recommend eliminating it from your resume completely.  A traditional objective tells the employer what you are looking for in a position.  It doesn’t focus on what the employer needs.  Recruiters and hiring managers are interested solely in what you have to offer. 


Job search tip #11: Delete the objective from your resume

The more clearly you can describe your professional qualifications the better chance you have of being considered for the job you are interested in.  My recommendation is to draft a branding or positioning statement/summary instead of an objective.  The summary is where you tell the employer what you are known for.  It is where you can highlight your soft skills, quantify years of experience, and use impressive adjectives.    


Here is one variation of my resume summary:

“Respected professional with extensive experience managing teams of diverse individuals to produce positive outcomes. Highly successful in planning, initiating, and managing relationships between the public and private sectors. Knowledge of current research and best practices related to positive youth development, leadership development, and community engagement.”


Soft Skills Also called people skills because they have to do with how people relate to each other.  Examples – communicating, listening, solving problems, providing feedback, managing time, resolving conflict


Stay tuned for job search tip #12 tomorrow.


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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.


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Comments 5

  • YEAH – I so agree with you – whether you are trying to grow your career or your business – you are the brand – great resume tips and ideas how to do that on a resume. Let’s connect by phone – I would love to get to know more about your business. My email is – send me some times you are available to chat.

  • Thanks for the tips! I have always hated that “objective” part of a resume as a job seeker AND as an employer.

    As a job seeker I would find myself trying to “guess” what they would WANT me to say.

    As an employer, I always figured it was “fluff” and was probably drafted around the position applied for & was likely NOT a true picture or that persons objective, but more a stab in the dark on what I might WANT it to say!

    Have a great day!

  • Nicki,

    It is so great that you are out there for kids and their families! I really like the idea of switching from an objective to a positioning summary. I also like that you provided an example- you are a natural teacher. Finally, your title of Chief Visionary Officer is very hip!

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