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Why Objectives and References Are a Thing of the Past

Take your resume out of the past and keep it modern with today’s resume standards!

Historically, a traditional chronological resume featured an objective to lead readers into the content and references to validate and confirm the achievements, functions and duties featured on the resume. However, standards have changed and objectives and references have since evolved into an obsolete item.

The modern industry standard calls for more comprehensive formats. Today, resumes are required to show more with less content, brevity and thoroughness are implored more than ever. With this being established, resume writers and job seekers are tasked with “trimming the fat” off of resumes to optimize content. For many resumes this idiom begins with removing objectives and references. Why? Because objectives are essentially a redundancy.

In the era of technology where recruiters are inundated with hundreds to thousands of applications and resumes per day, it is safe to assume that anyone who applies for a position has the goal of acquiring a position or new skills and experiences that pertain to the what they are applying for. Thus, the objective has since become outdated and has since been replaced by the career summary and/or areas of expertise.

Instead of stating the obvious, the career summary details the skills, talents and abilities of the applicant and summarizes how their capabilities apply to the role they are hoping to obtain. In essence, it highlights what the reader can expect to review in the content below. This approach serves as a great way to gain the reader’s attention.

References can be left off of the modern resumes well, allowing the reader to re-direct their attention to the content at the bottom of the resume. Most often this is the area where education, training and awards are listed and it is imperative that this becomes the focus, as they serve to be fundamental qualifications in many instances. As a result, references can have an adverse effect and even take up space that can be used for more pertinent details. For this reason, it is recommended to keep a separate sheet of references available for any recruiter should they request them. If one feels a necessity to mention they have references available on their resume or CV, simply insert “References Available Upon Request”.

Nevertheless, this one line graphically displays what should already be implied. If a recruiter should request references, the separate listing is very handy.

There are many pundits for inserting both an objective and references into a resume. Although tradition may dictate this as a fundamental practice, the ideology has become all the more obsolete with the evolution of modern resume standards. There are more efficient ways to convey objectives without being redundant, which is why all the more resume writers have elected to utilize a career summary instead of an objective.

Content sourced from Talent Inc.
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