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Begin a Resume with an Objective Statement or Profile Summary?

Most employers want to be able to determine in just a few seconds what you want to do for the organization and what you are good at, this is why an objective statement or profile summary are so important.

You may choose either an objective statement or profile summary for your resume. They are equally effective, however, the profile summary is typically used by someone with many years of experience in their field.

OBJECIVE STATEMENT

Objectives are

  • Easy to write
  • Direct and to the point
  • Must tell what you want (position) and what you can give (meaning skills or return of investment). Usually have to change with every resumes you send.

Sample: Recent Mechanical Engineer graduate seeking a Drafting position with an organization that will benefit from a specialist in CAD Solids Works and CATIA programs.

PROFILE SUMMARY

Profiles are

  • Harder to write, takes more time
  • More directed at skills and personal traits
  • Like a 30 second elevator speech.
  • Typically does not have to change every time you send out your resume.

Sample: Professional Cosmetologist with over 3 years experience in providing customer service and skin care treat- ments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance. Strong retail and marketing background with knowledge of quality products and services offered. Characterized as a dedicated worker with a keen eye for detail and quality of work. Excellent communicator with the ability to perform well in a fast paced, high volume, and customer friendly environment.