With resume real estate limited, why waste it with an objective or an offer to provide references or writing samples. Both are pointless and potentially toxic sections?
In addition to taking up space, Resume Objectives present three problems:
- Obviousness 1. The purpose of presenting a resume to an employer is to secure a job. Whatever language that might be shoe-horned into an objective has career-ending Pompous Potential (see #3), however, if well-edited, its essence might become part of a cover letter.
- Obviousness 2. The only real objective is a day’s pay for a day’s work. Everything else gilds the lily.
- Pompous Potential. The language in an objective can be a pompous, obscure, and contradictory set of sentences or sentence fragments. Consider this real example and be glad that it isn’t yours:
My background has cultivated an aptitude to articulate solutions and reasoning in a concise and discernible format. I am searching for opportunities, outside the jurisprudential sphere, which demand these skills, preferably in a public relational context.
REFERENCES AND WRITING SAMPLES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
In addition to taking up valuable resume space, a candidate’s polite offer to provide these materials and information is silly. If an employer asks for either and a candidate declines to provide them, no offer will be extended. End of employment story.