Nobody really puts an “objective” on their résumé, do they? I understand that the how-to wisdom of the résumé ancients dictates that thou shalt put one at the top and, within, thou shalt describe thyself as an "accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits administration in an entry-level human resources position" or something even worse.
I can’t write three words of an objective before I double over in the pain of being the century’s greatest dorkus. So I’ve never included an objective, but then again, I’ve never succeeded, so I took the issue to the hive mind. Representative responses:
“Isn't that what a cover letter is for?”
“just as many people (who counsel resume writing/job searchers for a living) tell me that it omg-has-to-be-on-there as I've had tell me omg-don't-put-it-on-there”
“bear in mind that most resume style advice is being given by people who are not themselves looking for jobs, and who have no incentive to keep track of the effectiveness of the advice they give”
“Half the time people shoot themselves in the foot by stating objectives that do not align with the position in question.”
“I think the objective thing is one potential part of the overall package and if you sell yourself better without some contrived paragraph then do that instead.”
“So once upon a time, somebody who knew stuff found it was a good idea to put a descriptive sentence or two at the top of their resume to sorta prime the reader into thinking how everything below fits into it. As that bit of knowledge diffused through the stultifying filters of corporate idiocy, it transmogrified into the ‘Objective: to get you to hire me’ line.”
“If I saw an objective statement that really seemed to uniquely fit the role I was hiring for that would definitely get my attention, but it's never actually happened.”
“if the truth is, ‘I need a fucking paycheck. Why do you think I'm applying?’ maybe leave that out.”
“they only ever stand out when they suck so much that they singlehandedly eliminate the candidate from consideration”
“at best a little bit of harmless dorkiness, and at worst makes me think of the writer as some kind of toadying idiot”
“God I hate objectives.”
“It screams ‘I'm the sort of person who really, really, really loves to contribute to workshops on developing vision and mission statements we can all get behind, and on explaining the difference between a vision and a mission over and over and over again.’”
“It's the type of useless thing a campus career counselor would tell you to do.”
Prejudices confirmed! Devil’s-advocating against myself, I used some of what the MeFites said to build the strongest possible pro-objective argument, but that argument only comes to suggesting you maybe include an objective if you’re applying to some vast, disorderly organization (shudder) that might separate your résumé from your cover letter and forget what job you applied for in the first place — and if you don’t think you’re quite smart enough to subtly build your objective into other, less obvious bits of your résumé. Their self-disrecommending quality seems inescapable.