Ditch the career objective section of your resume in favor of this


Remember what we said earlier about how every word in your resume needs to add value? If you find yourself struggling to craft the perfect career objective to open your resume with, stop already.

Most of what you’re writing is useless fluff that you read off other crappy resumes.

Instead of a career objective, begin your resume by summarizing for the reader what they are about to learn about you in the next few seconds.

Use bullet points or short paragraphs. State your combined years of experience in job function across the kinds of industries you’ve been in. Next, provide a high-level snapshot of your key achievements, awards, and specific areas of expertise.

The trick once again is keyword optimization for better Applicant Tracking System (ATS) ratings.

Are you able to identify the top 3-5 critical skills or experience required for this role from the job description? Mention them in your career summary.

Recall that up to 75% of CVs don’t ever get read by human eyes due to increasingly sophisticated robots that power these ATSs. Resumes need to have at least an 80% match to the job in order to filter through to actual recruiters or hiring managers.

Want to learn how to game ATSs to get filtered through and shortlisted faster than the average candidate? Check it out here.


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