Summary and Objectives on your Resume

Your Summary and Objective sections can help you as much as they can hurt you.  Make those sections specifically relevant to the jobs to which you are applying.  If you are considering more than one career path, consider making multiple versions of your resume, each with corresponding Summaries or Objectives.

For example, when searching for an administrative or executive assistant position, limit your top sections accordingly.  Don’t try a shotgun approach that lists every type of job you might consider.

Also, feel free to completely leave an objective out. They aren’t necessary and if written incorrectly, they can do more harm than good. If you do decide to keep in an objective refer to the example below.

e.g. OBJECTIVE:  “Looking for an administrative / executive assistant temporary or direct-hire position” is more effective than “Looking for administrative / executive assistant, marketing, advertising, or event-related positions.”  Employers will likely get the impression that you’re not exactly sure which direction you’re headed and will overlook you as a serious candidate who may not be satisfied in the role long term. You should be able to portray that you are focused on one role and that you will be satisfied in that role.

Although you may think of the summary to be the same as the cover letter it’s a good idea to have a summary attached to your resume as that’s what employers will be spending most time looking at.  Nowadays everything is done via e-mail and your cover letter is usually inserted in the body of your e-mail as an introduction to the employer. The summary is less of an introduction and more a summary highlighting your previous responsibilities. Make sure that when you are writing a summary you are showing an employer what you can do for them instead of what you are looking for in your next position.  Here is a good article to refer to: