Resume objective statements are valuable--IF they're done right. A badly written objective statement is a waste of space and worthy of the scorn that's been heaped on it by some. A well-written objective statement is going to grab the attention of hiring managers. It might even stand in for your cover letter. (Busy hiring managers might not read it.)
Watch the video below to see more about why objective statements are so important and get ideas for what a good resume objective statement would look like for a marketing job. Click the video to watch.
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Everyone knows you can't afford any resume mistakes...just one typo and the entire thing hits the trash. So you spell-check it to within an inch of its life and you ask your friends to proofread it for you just to make sure. You can do everything you know to do....and STILL have a big mistake that will keep you from getting the interview.
I've seen thousands of resumes in my career (career coach, recruiter)...most of the time, resumes need improvement. But it really hit me last week when I looked at 250 resumes at once. A full 248 of them had a major mistake right on the front page.
CVs are the long, detailed cousin of the resume. It delivers much more information than a resume and takes many more pages to do it. But whatever differences they might have, CVs and resumes both have the same function: to get you interviews. If you have a curriculum vitae and aren’t getting the job interviews you would like, you can borrow good resume writing principles to make your CV more effective.
Employers should WANT to talk to you after reading your CV. Very often, all it takes is a few adjustments in how you write it. Read more...
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Resume blasts used to be the hot, hot thing back in 1999 and before. When I got my first job back in the early 90’s, I sent out 1000 resumes to hiring managers in my field all over the country….lots of envelope stuffing and stamp-licking. My ambitious peers were doing the same. And then that moved from snail mail to email, complete with services to do it for you. All those people who were doing resume blasts were making a lot of money from providing that service with the lists they had created… although they weren’t getting people very many jobs. Not that they told you that. And now they’re getting people even fewer jobs…because they send emails.
I get the theory: the job search is a numbers game, so you should send your resume out to as many people as you possibly can. (I used that theory myself, back when I didn’t know any better.) SOMEONE is going to have a job opening to talk to you about. That’s the idea behind resume blasts.
But here’s the problem, especially now: No one’s getting email they don’t want. Spam filters take care of that, and you wasted all that effort on something that hits the spam folder rather than the inbox. Plus, now you’re married to that service and give the impression of a spamming mass marketer. It’s not the same as if you wrote that person a personal message.
So I’m negative to resume blasts, but I am positive to contacting hiring managers directly. Why is that different? When you contact hiring managers directly, you are personalizing your message for them. You don’t send it as a resume blast, because it won’t get seen. If it’s not personalized, it will be dismissed because of how “form letter” it looks.
The truth is, the job search is a numbers game…but you have to play it differently than you used to. You have to play smarter, not harder. You have to find enough hiring managers in your field and contact them to give yourself the opportunities you need in today’s market. Most jobs aren’t posted, anyway, so the only way you’ll know about them is if you ask. The key is to find them and send them not a generic resume, but a personalized message that sells you as a potential solution for their problems. That’s the fastest way to find a job.
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References are a MUST if you're in the job search, but there's definitely a time and place for them. In the past, every good resume had "References Upon Request" at the bottom of the page. In today's job search, that's NOT a good idea. But you still have to provide job search references. Click the video below to watch how to deal with professional references, your resume, and your job search.
Is your resume giving you fits? If you don't have much experience, or if you have a big employment gap lurking in your past (it happened to plenty of people in our massive recession), you might be flirting with a functional format. It makes sense, right? Emphasize your skills, not your timeline. But it might not be your best choice.
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A good objective statement can do so much more for you than you think it can on your resume...it can even stand in for your cover letter in a pinch (and sometimes it might have to). And it won't fence you in or limit you in any way. It will help you. Watch the video for more details.
Watch to see how to get attention and interest with the objective at the top of your resume
Don't be fooled into thinking you need a summary instead of an objective. If your resume is written well, you won't need to summarize what's in it...they'll be able to read it easily.
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