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Continued: Objection! How NOT to Start Your Resume

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  • Last update: June 12, 2008 - 10:42 AM

    OBJECTIVE

    Management position in procurement where over 10 years of experience will add value to operations.

Avoid such trite phrases as: "seeking a chance for advancement," "where my skills will be utilized," or "where I can further my career." I've seen each of these on resumes that were badly hampered as a result.

So, to keep your objective from being objectionable (and torpedoing your job search), put the focus where it belongs -- on the employer and their needs.

And don't try to impress readers with your vocabulary. Write the way you would talk to your manager during a meeting. To see if you've succeeded, read your objective out loud.

Best of luck to you!


Kevin Donlin owns Minnesota based Guaranteed Résumé and writes a biweekly column providing job search and résumé writing advice. Reach him at the Guaranteed Résumé Web site: http://www.gresumes.com.
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