We are officially 23 days into the new year and most of you have scrapped or at least modified your resolutions for the year. It’s okay, we can resolve to leave resolutions in 2016 and turn our attention to making changes that can actually help you move your career forward.
Every day this week, I will provide one common, career related mistake that you can definitely leave in the past.
1. Including an objective statement on your resume
Please believe me when I say everyone is over objective statements. Very few give insight on who you are as a professional, they take up space on your resume, and are a complete and total insult to people reviewing your resume.
Do you really need to use space on your resume to say that your goal is to get a job with the company? Submitting your resume makes that clear.
Instead of including an objective statement, put your energy into:
- Crafting accomplishment statements for roles that you have held in the past. Focus on telling the hiring manager what you have accomplished, not just what was prescribed by a job description.
- Highlighting skills specific to your industry. Do some research and make sure the language you use to describe your skills and experience is up to date and relevant.
- Writing a cover letter that explains your skill set, accomplishments, and of course why you will be a “value add” to the company and department.
In 2017, quit it with the objective statements. If your objective is to get hired, they do not help!