When Resume Objectives Do More Harm Than Good

Most of the time, job seekers include a "career objective" on their resumes. Recruiters usually look straight to the objective if the resume has it. This is supposedly to provide the employers an idea how the candidates sees themselves career-wise in the near future as well as their expectations in the company that they are planning to apply for.

However, more often than not, those career objectives are written so poorly that recruiters couldn’t help but to criticize or, worse, make fun of it.

Some job search experts actually claim that the career objective is not needed in your resume at all, especially if you commit these following errors.

Too narrow – Writing an objective with such eagle-eye precision, indicating what department you want to work for instance, would prompt a hiring authority to judge your credentials and potential only against that specific objective. Putting just your intention to work for "sales" in your objective would only work against your chances of landing a job, even if the company’s "marketing" department would be more interested to someone with your knowledge and background.

Using vague, unrelated adjectives towards the company – Praising the company you plan to apply in, even if you do not have any idea what it is, could work against you. Your wanting to work in a "well-balanced" company with a "warm environment" would not bring smiles to the recruiters (snickers probably).

Using unrelated objectives – Losing focus from your main career objective is a common error, probably thinking that a "longer" objective would score more brownie points. Please do note compare your accounting skills with your love for cooking.

Misspelled objectives – One indicator of a good resume is that it should be free from any spelling errors. If your resume contains a career objective, recruiters usually read this first and finding a wrong word there could be the end of it.

Completely vague objectives – Looking for a job "that challenges you" would only prompt recruiters to offer you a janitorial job just for the "challenge" of it. Simply state what possible jobs you want in the company.

Rude-sounding objectives – Career objectives that sound overly aggressive would only irritate your employer. Don’t demand that you only accept positions lower than the vice-president. Maybe you need to hone your interpersonal skills before applying.

Dragging your family with your objective – Although we work to provide for our family, employers would rather see what you can offer to their organization aside from "being a breadwinner."

Getting too creative – Being crafty on your objective could only do as much damage especially in an industry where you skills and accomplishments are what they want to know.

 
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