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  •  This seems super helpful, (1+ / 0-)
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    and doing a resume is so stressful. Last time I had to do one I was lucky to have someone look it over who does a lot of hiring. Otherwise I don't know what I would've done, because the last time was also pretty much the first time.

    Though I'm waging a boycott of the "objective" part. All that really says is "I know how resumes are supposed to look and I can do corporate-speak."

    •  Thanks, Laura! (3+ / 0-)

      Each applicant should do what he or she thinks best.  One trick I've used with clients who objected to the use of an objective is to write one and then take it out of the final version of the resume.

      Writing to an objective is a great way to focus the Experience section.  If the position desired is that of environmental scientist, for example, then one strikes out such superfluities as "Mopped floors in Italian restaurant at night while earning Ph.D."

      There are people who think they should include everything they've ever done in their resumes, but all this does is wear out the reviewer whose unhappy lot it is to read it.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 10:04:44 AM PDT

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      •  I suspect the objective is often (1+ / 0-)
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        helpful, at least in making your resume look like you knew what you were doing when you put it together. I just wish that wasn't so...

        When I did my resume, I was switching careers so I excavated my past for anything that showed a natural progression to where I wanted to be, and cut out a lot of the details of what I was leaving.

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