What’s the Difference Between a Resume Summary Statement and a Resume Objective?

The latest trend in resume formatting has been slowly creeping onto the scene for more than a decade, and finally it's here to stay: the rules have officially changed – the resume objective is out…the resume statement summary is in. As an applicant, you'll gain a stronger foothold in the market if you can recognize the difference between the two and make the transition to using the more modern approach.

The Resume Objective

If you're still using a resume objective to introduce yourself to potential employers, we have a message: The 1980s called, and they want their opening resume paragraph back. Decades ago, job seekers were encouraged to begin their resumes with this paragraph. It outlined who they were, what they wanted, why they wanted it, and what they expected their readers to do about this. This short statement followed the rules of all standard correspondence at that time: It opened the communication and explained the purpose of the foregoing text.

Here's an example:

"I'm a consumer electronics marketing manager looking for a fast-paced workplace and a position that leads directly to the senior management level. I'd like an opportunity to build my credentials, and I'd like to gain hands on experience so I can further my specialization in consumer electronics. Please read further to learn more about my background. "

In our modern era, hiring managers know what resumes are. When they post an open position, they fully expect to receive a stack of resumes in response, and they don't require a basic explanation of the candidate's intentions. They know what their candidate's want: they want to land the job and advance their career.

The Resume Summary Statement

The resume summary statement, in contrast, skips directly over this superfluous information and focuses on what the candidate has to offer and what value they can add to the company, not what he or she wants. It's a small change, for sure, but this difference can set the tone for the rest of the resume and make or break the candidate's chances of success.

Here's an example:

"I'm a marketing manager with a track record of successful rollouts and a drive to cultivate excellence among my teams. I'm a seasoned leader with the ability to generate innovative plans, collect and analyze consumer feedback, and optimize big data. I'm proficient with modern data platforms and I possess a global understanding of the consumer electronics space."

Can you spot the difference between the two? Make sure your tone, your intentions, and the information your share in your opening paragraph reflect the style of the second example, not the first.

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