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Resumes That Get Noticed – Part 4 of 8

Objective Statement, Skills & Summary

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Resumes Objective, Skills, Summary

Objective Statement

The only time we recommend using an Objective Statement is with the targeted resume approach (see our 2nd blog in this series for a description of the targeted resume). There is not much value in a generic Objective Statement. It is of most value when it can be tailored to demonstrate you are a match for a specific position.

When using an Objective Statement, it is listed at the top of the resume just beneath your contact information. In the Objective Statement, state your goal, targeted at the specific job opportunity. If not using the Targeted Resume approach, we recommend not including the Objective Statement.

Introduction, Skills and Summary are really all words for the same section within your resume. This section is included to summarize and highlight your specific experience and skills. It should be located at the top of your resume, just beneath your contact information (or Objective if you have one). It can be used on all resume formats. However, it may be particularly useful with the Targeted Resume format since this list of skills and experience may be tailored to a specific job opportunity. The Summary section is also useful when you have a significant amount of experience.

The Summary section should be brief, concise and to the point. It is often the first section of your resume that is read by the reviewer. You do not want to burden the reader with a lot of words. The typical reader is not going to spend much time on your resume, probably less than a minute in the initial screen. Your resume typically has to pass an initial screen before it is read in detail. So, you want your summary to tell the reader a single concept that you want known, backed-up by bulleted skills. Be sure to keep the Summary brief and above all, keep it professional. It should speak directly to your professional background and give the reader, in a glimpse, an interest in you as a match for the job opening and the curiosity to move forward with reading the balance of your resume.

This is the 4th in our 8 part series. Like us on Facebook at for other recommendations that get your resume seen by the hiring manager.
Previous articles in this series include:

Resumes That Get Noticed – Part 1 of 8: Introduction
Resumes That Get Noticed – Part 2 of 8: Resume Styles
Resumes That Get Noticed – Part 3 of 8: Identification & Contact Information
Resumes That Get Noticed – Part 4 of 8: Objective, Skills & Summary


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4. “How to Target a Resume for a Specific Job”

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Steve Copeland

Executive Editor

Steve Copeland

Steve Copeland is a seasoned career advisor and energy engineering professional. He earned his MBA from Georgia State University, graduated from Georgia Tech with a Mechanical Engineering degree and is registered as a Professional Engineer. He developed his engineering skills working in design, manufacturing, power, construction and consulting. He began consulting in the Staffing/Recruiting arena in 2002 and has advised corporations, senior executives, mid-level managers and engineers with career services since that time. He owns two companies focused in different aspects of career search. His personal bio can be found at

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