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May 15, 2012


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You should probably lighten your stance on objectives a little. I spent three years with a Fortune 10 giant; first as a co op/intern, then as a training program resident, then finally as a lead recruter for my alma mater. I recruited specifically for my business unit, location, and major, and primarily for those students looking to do 2+ semesters alternating between school and work.

Being able to tell me which of our various intern programs you were interested in, when you planned on graduating, and what training program you would eventually apply for was very important. This weeded out those who were just dropping off a resume/didn't put in the time and effort, and reflected very well upon those who were familiar with the company and had a specific goal in mind with us, because we had a specific plan we were recruiting them for.

I definitely agree that for most people/opportunities the space is better used on something else. But there are some scenarios when it is totally appropriate, and will land you an interview. (MOST of the people who were laser focused on us would get the interview).

I think an objective is only necessary if you're applying for a wide variety of positions. For example, my company is hiring for interns. The job description is so vague, you better put an objective down so they actually know what you want to do.

If you're applying directly for one specific job, then I agree, an objective is a waste of space. Honestly, I still have one of my resume because I feel like it's expected but I'd really like to take it off.

I must respectfully disagree with your second point. 'Find out what skills, knowledge, and experience are needed' could be quite important, depending on what industry/field you work in. Not all fields have clearly defined and accepted roles. For example, in my field of computer programming, one of the first things I want to know is what languages will this company expect me to know. And then I want to know what duties they assign to that roll (does their lead developer spend more time leading or developing?).

My 2¢ worth.

Agree with Jeremy - even when applying to jobs in the same industry the requirements can be slightly different and require you to tailor all of your action statements.

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