Posted By Amanda Collins on June 30, 2010
Back when I started writing résumés in 1996, they all started with an objective. But, if you look back at objectives, they’re often all about you, when we all know that a résumé’s true job is to share the value you’ll provide an employer.
Although the function of an objective remains the same, its name has changed. Now, we call it either a headline or a title, remaining in line with the marketing function of résumés. The goal of a title is to set the tone for the rest of the document and let the reader know who you are for him. Something simple and clear, such as the job title, is the way to go.
Objective: To obtain a full-time position in which I can apply my acquired skills in health care to better benefit the organization and myself.
Title: Staff Nurse
One of the above is clear and succinct, while the other talks around the issue without saying much. To continue with this example, it will be much easier to stay on target with the content of the résumé using this title. The objective here could mean the person is a healthcare administrator, CNA, or any other manner of positions.
So stick with a short title or headline. Elaborate in a branding statement and add more about your value in your summary.