Let’s look at a very common resume myth. Most of us often use top section of the resume to write “Objective” or “Career Objective”. It is a 2-3 line statement which goes something like “A superman or wonder woman with extraordinary abilities to save the planet. I aspire for a position in a fortune 500 company where I can utilize my superpowers for the benefit of the organization and my personal super fast growth”. Or atleast, that’s the idea we are trying to convey, right?
There’s no harm with a decent self-branding now and then, but blowing your own trumpets with general statements such as above without any evidence to support them and then telling the recruiter what YOU WANT (I aspire…) may not be the best of ideas. Here’s why:
Typically for most positions, a recruiter may have just a few seconds, as experts say less than 10 seconds to look at one resume, and i.e. if they look at a resume at all. During those 10 seconds, the first thing they expect to see is your name, picture, address etc at the top. But after that, do you really want them to spend these few seconds looking at how arrogant you are and what you want from the company? What’s In It For Them? The recruiter, the company?
Better to start off with your experience, or if you are a fresh graduate, with your educational qualifications. If you absolutely MUST write something at the top replace the objective section with “Summary”. Use this to mention very specifically and to the point what you have to offer.
An easy way could be “Your Title/Profession + Experience + Key Accomplishment”. Like for a fresh graduate, it could be “Fresh Mechanical Engineer with exposure of organizing/winning XYZ international competition” or “Mechanical Engineer with experience of 3 internships in Multinational companies” for an experienced professional it could be “A PMP Certified Project Manager with 5 years experience of leading 1 Billion Rupees projects”.
Again, writing objective or even summary is just an old myth, but if you really want to, write a summary instead of an objective as this way you are selling your best feature to the recruiter and trying to make a good first impression.