Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Resume Tip - Summary vs. Objective

Today I met with a new client to upgrade his resume.  One of the topics we discussed was a summary vs. an objective and what is considered the more useful and accepted.  My client agreed that an objective is obvious to the person reading the resume.  The candidate's objective is to get the job!  I think it's a waste of "resume real estate."  An employer wants to know what you can do for them.  Not what they can do for you.  If you ask me, it sounds a bit one- sided (who's asking anyway).  Companies want to know how your experience and skill set will add to their bottom line.  Period.

A summary is a 3-5 sentence description of what makes you unique and how you've added to your previous employers' bottom line in measurables.  Consider it another way to sell yourself.  A summary should include significant accomplishments and key strengths that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

I will go into more detail about the summary in upcoming posts.  It's the bewitching hour (as usual) and rest is calling me.

"Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

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