Your Resume: To Objective, or Not to Objective

With all due apologies to Mr. Shakespeare, that is the question, and one which has bothered me for a while.  Whenever I read a resume prominently featuring an “objective statement” section at the top, I am always left with the impression the applicant is either likely a novice at applying for positions or has just finished reading a 25-year-old book on how to write a resume.  To me, an objective statement on a resume is sort of an out-of-vogue relic from days past.  It’s not a huge deal, and I can get past it easily enough, but somehow I always end up feeling the individual has not necessarily put his or her best foot forward.  After all, isn’t it rather obvious that an applicant’s objective is to land the job for which they are applying?  Plus, wouldn’t a cover letter be a better place to include such information? Continue reading

Development Programs – Clarity, Communication, and Commitment are Key

Development programs of all types seem to abound these days and are promoted under a wide variety of names; these include monikers such as: 

 

  • Employee Training and Development Program
  • Employee Development Program
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Career Development Program
  • Individual Development Program
  • Staff Development Program

 In your mind, or even by formal definition, each individual program name may have its own specific meaning or implied objective, and therefore these titles should not necessarily be used generically or interchangeably.  However, professionals who develop and implement such initiatives need to keep in mind that the intended participants of these programs are likely not aware of the technical differences in the names. Continue reading