No more objectives, please.

Writing a good resume is the key for getting replies from every other company you apply to. This task is challenging and difficult for most job-seekers, if your resume is weak, though, you’ll end up sitting around for weeks, maybe even months, before you even get a single response.

So you’re probably wondering how you can write a resume which leads to HR managers and headhunters inviting you to participate in recruitment processes so you can truly show yourself at interviews.

According to Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry, the most impressive resumes concisely and compellingly illustrate one major message: “This is how I made things better for the companies I worked for.” 

For Gary, the objective is highly outdated and unnecessary. In general, an objective distracts the hiring manager from focusing on what benefits you bring to the table. It can also make you seem pigeonholed and ruin your chances of being considered for other great opportunities and open positions (because the hiring manager will assume, they may be too different from your stated objective). The objective lines are just recommended for entry level positions and resumes for first job applicants.

Instead, a solid summary is a quick way to make an impact.

For example:

 “Financial executive with extensive experience building and leading teams. Areas of expertise include: Strategic planning, business process reengineering, SEC reporting and governance…”

Hiring managers, recruiters and headhunters define in a few seconds if you are what they are looking for, you need to make an immediate impact to make sure they will call you.