Writing a resume can be a stressful event, and for good reason. As you sit down and examine what your best options are in writing a resume, I would like you to consider the following:
2 reasons for not including an objective statement in your resume:
1. An objective statement is simply that; it is your declaration as to what you want. The reader really does not care what you want. The reader wants to know how you will solve her problems. The resume is the documentation that you use to convince the reader that you possess the background and experience to solve her problems.
2. You have already gone over your objective in your cover letter. Your objective is to be hired for the position you are applying for. At best, you will send no more 3 pages consisting of a 1 page cover letter and a resume that is 1 or 2 pages. Space is a premium that you cannot afford to squander by restating in a resume objective statement what you have already written in your cover letter.
5 reasons for including a summary of accomplishments in your resume:
1. Most recruiters and human resources professionals prefer a chronological resume. It makes sense as a chronological resume is easy to read, and also allows the reader to spot or intuit employment gaps. But it may not highlight your accomplishments to your benefit. By starting off your resume with a bullet point summary of qualifications, you present your best assets first before moving on to the chronological aspect of your resume.
2. Having a summary of qualifications and/or accomplishments allows you the flexibility to list your past employments without worrying about listing accomplishments per job. And it allows you the flexibility to get all your information on 1 page and still provide a powerful snapshot of your past work history.
3. All business plans begin with an executive summary. The executive summary provides investors and readers with clear synopsis of what is in the business plan. A summary of qualifications and/or accomplishment is your executive summary. It is a short paragraph or bullet point presentation of you that says, “This person may have what we are looking for,” before the reader even gets to the work history.
4. By starting off with a strong summary of accomplishments; you make the cover letter and resume presentation all about solving her problems. It is never about what you want or what kind of job you are looking for. You applied to this job, why would you want to waste valuable real estate restating the obvious.
5. Your resume can be a glorified listing of your work history as found in an application, or it can be a presentation of you and what you can bring to the table. A summary of qualifications allows you to market, and perhaps influence, what your first impression will be. It allows you to be proactive.
Always make it about solving the recruiter or human resources professional’s problems and issues. You must format your resume to come across as the answer to what they need.