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
What is Career Lantern?Career Lantern is an informational blog website where we discuss and share information regarding career planning, changing or advancing your career, job hunting, resumes and cover letters, how to have a successful job interview, and much more. Additionally, topics for Training & Development professionals are also covered, including Individual Development Plans (IDP), employee development programs, and more.
Still Choosing and Planning Your Career?If you are still in the selection and planning stages for your career, these Career Lantern posts may be helpful:
■ Still trying to decide if your potential career choice is a good idea? What does the future for this career field look like? How much money can you expect to make? Before you take the leap, check out this article which can steer you to free and valuable informational resources.
■ Different jobs and careers might sound good online, but what is the field really like? Here is a suggestion which might save you time, money, and grief.
■ Not really a four-year college person? Like working with your hands? Consider investigating apprenticeships as an alternative to the typical “get-your-degree-then-get-a-job” career path. Also, get paid while you learn and avoid student loan debt! How sweet is that?
■ Are you familiar with creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP)? These powerful career development tools are useful for creating a career plan and tracking your progress toward your career goals.
Applying for Jobs?You’re ready to start submitting job applications, resumes, and cover letters to apply for various positions in your chosen career field. Read these Career Lantern posts to learn information which may improve your chances of getting called for an interview:
■ When you apply for a position, odds are you will do so online through a portal to an organization's Applicant Tracking System (ATS). What does this mean for you? Does an ATS help or hurt your chances of landing a job interview? What can you do to help ensure you are not filtered out? Check out our multi-part series on this very timely topic!
■ You may have been taught to include an “objective” on your resume. Is that really the best thing to do?
■ What if you are asked for professional references? Be sure to read about securing and submitting professional references!
■ Did you know your social media and online presence may be actually hurting your chances of getting a job interview or being hired, even after a great interview? Read how to avoid trashing your chances!
■ So you think you’ve written the perfect cover letter to go with your resume and job application? Whatever you do, don’t make this mistake!
Job Interview HelpGetting ready for that big job interview? Are you ready for all the questions the interviewer will ask? Here are some links to Career Lantern posts which can help:
■ First, you have to get to the interview. Trust me, you need more than just the address! Be sure to consider the logistics involved!
■ Don’t walk into a job interview with nothing more than just your resume and a smile! Read this to find out why!
■ The interviewer has likely already seen a dozen candidates today just like you. What makes you think you’re anything special? Read about differentiation to make sure you stand out from the other candidates!
■ Usually near the end of the interview you will be asked "Do you have any questions for us?" Be careful; don't botch this part of the interview! What questions should you ask?
■ The interviewer might ask you a question that starts off something like “Tell me about a time that you…” This is most likely going to be a behavioral job interview question. Learn what these job interview questions are and discover suggestions for answering them.
■ Behavioral based job interview questions are very popular. Here is a list of potential questions for you to consider before going into the job interview.