Posted March 27, 2008 by

Does your resume begin with an objective statement?

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IRVINE, CA — Does your resume begin with an objective? Many recruiters and hiring managers don’t like objective statements because they focus on the needs of the job seeker rather than the needs of the potential employer. Consider trying something different.

Instead of an objective statement, try using a positioning statement that clearly and concisely explains what you have to offer. “Senior Software Engineer with 10 years experience developing leading-edge technologies.” Now the reader can immediately see your value to the company.
When you send your resume out, it must speak articulately for you. You can’t explain inconsistencies, clear up confusion or fill in things that are missing. Your resume has to make your sales pitch in a clear and compelling manner within 20 seconds. Invest the time to make it exceptional and you will see an immediate increase in the response rate.
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