Objectives, Summaries, or Professional Profiles

Use these resume objective examples and resume summary examples to help craft your own unique resume.

Deciding which approach to take

Consider the following as you decide which approach to take on your own resume.

Should you include or omit a career objective?

Fewer and fewer job seekers are including a career objective on their resumes. The trend to omit a career objective stems from recent research showing that candidates have a better chance to be interviewed if they write their resumes to help an employer fill an open position (which is what the employer wants), not to tell the employer what they want.

However, many job seekers still include it along with a professional summary, especially if they are new to the workforce. Note that whether employers expect to see a career objective on your resume is partly dependent upon your field. In some fields, like education, job applicants are still expected to include an objective.

Some resume experts believe including only a simple job title in your objective is better than writing a full statement. For example, these experts would suggest writing a position as a receptionist rather than a full-time position using my strong organization, office management, and customer service skills as a receptionist for an established financial planning firm.

Should you use a summary or profile?

The summary and profile statement do essentially the same thing. A summary statement simply restates the key points of your resume, usually in a short paragraph or a few bullet points. A professional profile also highlights the key points from your resume, but it usually focuses more on your accomplishments and accolades.

What should this section do?

Regardless of which you choose to include on your resume, this section should: