There are plenty of unwritten rules when it comes to resumes. You’ve probably heard some of the classics, like “keep it to one page!” As hiring preferences change and opinions shift over time, it can be a challenge keeping up with the new norms of resume writing. For example, it might surprise many job seekers that the days of the resume objective statement are over. Before diving into what has replaced it on the modern resume, let’s take a look at why objective statements were prominently featured in the past.

What Was the Objective of the Resume Objective Statement?

An objective statement should answer the question, “What do I want next in my career?” While objective statements have served a purpose on resumes in the past, they have since devolved into a space for cliches and a whole lot of fluff. At its core, an objective statement is meant to explicitly state the type of role you’re interested in landing, and the impact you plan to make. Sounds like a great addition to a resume, right? That is, of course, until you see something like this example:

Objective

To obtain a customer service role that allows me to utilize my strong people skills and support a growing company. 

When you really evaluate a sentence like that, it becomes clear that it’s not adding anything meaningful to your application materials. After all, the employer should already know the job you’re interested in, and they definitely do not need to read another way of saying, “I’m a people person!”

Therefore, the old standard resume objective statement has fallen out of favor in today’s workplace. For those looking to update their resumes accordingly, what has taken its place?

Meet the Career Summary

The career summary, also known as the professional summary, has taken the objective statements space on most resumes. Typically consisting of three to five sentences, your career summary should clearly communicate highlights of your professional experience, along with specific qualifications, achievements and goals. Think of it as your job seeker elevator pitch! A career summary goes beyond the old objective statement to personalize the impact you plan to make and set the tone for the rest of your resume. 

Here’s an example of a career summary on a resume: 

Career Summary

Customer Service Specialist offering five years of experience in high-pressure work environments. Led teams of ten or more in healthcare insurance call center through resolving complex claims. 90% client call and chat satisfaction rate. Proficient with CRM systems, including Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. 

Rather than simply repeating the job title and mixing in a few overused phrases, a career summary like the one above kicks off the resume with an extremely personalized preview of what’s ahead. It’s a chance to show your strengths, and illustrate how they would apply directly to the employer; as opposed to an objective statement, which pretty much just says, “this is what I want.” 

Do you currently utilize a resume objective statement or career summary? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each some more in the comment section below! Then, put your resume to work as part of the Medix Talent Community. Get started today at https://careers.medixteam.com/