Q. During career day this week, a young agency representative gave me advice regarding my resume that was contrary to our college placement office. The agency rep said to drop the OBJECTIVE paragraph and go right to EXPERIENCE. Which is preferred?
A. You got good advice from the agency rep. The objective paragraph on most resumes is a distraction, and could cost you job consideration if your objective is different than the hiring manager’s objective. Let the interviewer fill in the blanks after reading about your experience. The only time an objective paragraph might help is when you have no relevant experience, and a simple objective sentence indicates you want to gain insights and hands-on experience in the field. Relevant experience, however, always trumps lofty objectives.