An Objective Statement on Your Resume – To Add or Not to Add?

As our company’s Community Liaison Partner, I’m often asked by the public to clarify or corroborate employment related opinions. There is an ongoing debate in regards to a job seeker putting an objective statement on their resume. I asked Tom Miller, Director Staffing & Recruiting Services, to collaborate with me on an answer of whether to add or not to add an objective.

To Add

Think of an objective statement as your career goals within a specific company. A statement of “I want,” that matches an employer’s “I want.” It is looking forward – speaking to what you can do for the employer.

The objective is not a summary statement. A summary is a statement of “I am” matching the employer’s “I want.” It is looking backward at who you are – summing up the essence of you.

Use an objective statement when a company puts specific information in a job posting, i.e. “Dynamic fast-growing company looking for 2-year degree trendsetters to be a part of our sales team.” This company is looking for high energy, contemporary thinking folks with an associate’s degree. Catch the employer’s attention with your objective by using their clues. Write your statement using the company’s exact words and include wording that reflects their style and spirit.

If you know the company’s name, include it in the objective when you match your statement to a company’s job posting. This shows you are the standout type of person they are looking for – the persimmon pudding candidate – not the vanilla pudding candidate.

Help a company find your application/resume in the hundreds received online by matching a posting’s wording on your objective statement. Word search could be your new best friend.

Quick housekeeping tip:  Create a folder on your computer titled Job Search. Create a folder within Job Search called Active Resumes. File each company specific resume and the date you submitted your resume under Active Resumes.

Not to Add

An objective may not be necessary when you submit a resume based on a generic job posting. If the posting is vague and does not contain any clues or explicit details about the company (including the company name) then you have nothing to match.

To add or not to add, that is the question. The answer is up to you.

Susan Fix has worked 15 years in staffing services performing outside sales, recruiting, permanent and temporary placement coordination, career counseling, customer service and social media/business. Tom Miller has over 30 year’s human resource, management and recruiting experience.

Improve Your Chances of Staying Employed

There is a plethora of advice on how to find a job. How to put together a great résumé, perform a killer interview, and network properly. What if you are employed and concerned about keeping your job when so many have been laid off? Every employer is different; however, there are some common rules of conduct that companies across the nation appreciate. Applied Staffing Solutions is an employment agency in Reno, NV that is here to give you the following guidelines to improve your chances of staying employed.


Never say “That’s not my job.”

Companies are operating with less people doing more work. Your ability to adapt to the company’s needs in a timely manner will provide an invaluable service to your employer.

Be cautious about turning down new assignments.

Accommodate your employer’s requests. If your “plate is full” ask for a meeting to prioritize the work. Your manager may help you re-organize your schedule or pass low priority items to a coworker who is looking for an opportunity to grow.


You are hired to perform a job.

Refuse to list excuses when you can’t deliver results. Admit it and take responsibility when you fall short of goals. Exert yourself to succeed with the plan you and your manager design to correct deficiencies. Neglecting your responsibilities is carelessness – repeatedly not doing or not completing your job can be seen as laziness.

Be cautious about using the refrain “I’m doing the best I can.”

Like the boy who cried wolf, that line only goes so far. Eventually you have to step up to the plate and perform well. Follow through and avoid recurring mistakes.


Generate results.

Meet and exceed the expectations of your job. Anticipate employer’s needs and provide the information they need before being asked. Pitch in when your team is short handed due to illness or vacations. Be a “go to person” that smiles and goes the extra mile.

Be cautious about inferior behavior.

Too many absences, being late, texting or making personal phone calls on the job, and requiring constant positive reinforcement to be productive can try the patience of any employer. A lack of initiative and an inability to learn or adapt to working conditions creates inefficiency.


Ask questions.

Make sure you understand your job thoroughly by asking questions – you are gathering information to do your work properly. Listen carefully and take notes. At a later date, if you must seek clarification, prepare a written list of questions to keep the interface on topic and brief.

Know your employer’s communication style – do they like a lot of information with constant updates or do they prefer concise reports only as needed.

Be cautious about how and what you communicate.

Always emailing/texting information or updates to coworkers and your employer breaks down personal connections. Much of the time face-to-face interaction can solve problems quicker than relying on technology. Negative comments regarding your company or coworkers exhibits disloyalty, is an on-the-job time waster, and creates an unhealthy work environment.

Trusted Employment Agency in Reno

Do you need more employment tips and tricks? Get in touch with the experts at The Applied Companies. Our employment agency provides a number of solutions whether it be helping you keep you job or even to find a job. Contact us at (775) 853-5433 to learn more.