Seven Resume DON’Ts: #7 The Objective

Over the next several blog posts, I will be sharing the top seven DON’Ts of the resume.  This list has been compiled based upon my 15+ years in human resources.  Getting an interview is the goal of a successful resume.  In order to move beyond the resume screening process, it is important to provide accurate relevant information in a clear and concise manner.  You want the opportunity to capture your audience’s attention within the first few seconds of the resume review process in order to share highlights of your professional story.  Awareness of the Seven Resume DON’Ts will help you tell a more relevant, effective and capturing professional resume.  Let’s countdown, starting with the #7 DON’T.

 #7  DON’T :  The Objective

Want to relive the 80’s?  List an Objective on your resume.  Unfortunately, it may date your job hunting research, or show you did not do your research.  During the 80’s and early 90’s, the Objective statement was how we introduced ourselves on resumes.  It identified the position you wanted.

In today’s marketplace, it is more effective to use a Summary or Professional Summary. It gives an overview of your experience, transferable skills, and how you will contribute to an organization.  Which introduction will capture the eye of a hiring manager or human resources professional, provide relevant information, and tell your story?


Utilize business, marketing, sales, and negotiating skills in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and successfully contribute to a Sales Organization’s bottom line. 

 Professional Summary

Entrepreneurial oriented sales and marketing professional with 12+ years experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry complimented by strong background in proven leadership, sales, and account management.  Analytical problem solver focused on turning business opportunities into new programs and new markets that generate long-term growth and profits.    Skilled communicator, able to influence medical professionals and executive level decision-makers through presentations and written proposals.

Question:  Which introduction will make the reader want to learn about you and what you have to offer?

Answer:  The Professional Summary.

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