This is purely my personal opinion, but I think they are a complete waste of space. I liken them to the “What would you like to change in the world?” question in a beauty pageant. There are only two possible answers: “Achieve world peace” or “Solve world hunger”. It’s the same with an Objective statement. Having read thousands of resumes over the years as a hiring manager, I always completely ignore it. It’s common to try and fit your resume onto two pages (or three if you have 12+ years of experience). So the space taken by an Objective Statement just isn’t worth it.
See the rest of my series on Resume Writing here. I also have a related series for Job Hunting and one for Interviewing.
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