To add an objective, or not to add an objective…that is the question Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

This seems to be an area where people in the field are split – some like an objective on a resume and some do not.  So, the question is, do you include one?  In my opinion, I’m not a huge fan in general, but do find them useful if you are trying to fill space or if you are switching career fields and want to show how your work experience can pertain to the current position.  But, there are others that feel just as strongly in the opposite direction as I do.  My advice, read the articles below and make your own decision.

If you do decide to add an objective, make it a good one.  Many people simply state the obvious “Objective: to obtain a position as a paralegal”…this tells me nothing that I don’t already know and is too generic.  The other common mistake is to add too much to the objective, “Objective: A highly motivated, ambitious, intelligent person with great analytical skills, reading comprehension skills and typing abilities seeking a position as a paralegal at XXX firm which will enable me to learn about the law and grow in the field.”  This is way too long – I feel like your throwing yourself at me trying to cram as many positive descriptors in as possible.  The trick is find the balance.  Be sure to include the place you are applying if you are going to use the objective and personalize/tailor it to the specific job you are seeking – remember, once again, think of it from the employers perspective, not your own and tell what you can contribute to this position, but keep it concise.

Sample resume objectives:

Resume Objective Examples – 15 Top Resume Objectives Examples

Sample Resume Objectives – What is a resume objective?

Articles continuing the debate further on whether or not to include an objective:

Should You Use a Career Objective on Your Resume?

Career Objective


Resume Blogs Sunday, Apr 25 2010 

I admit I do not have a lot of experience with blogs as resumes, but it’s becoming more of a trend as blogs and technology grow and it is something to consider, and in certain fields, it is common and even expected.  While on the one hand a blog can provide more information that you can’t fit on a resume and  can be more personal, on the downside it needs to be maintained and may not get viewed by the potential employer.  As such, I don’t believe it can hurt, but if you are in a field that traditionally is not accustomed to a blog as a resume I would submit your resume ( a full, complete resume) and put a link on it to the blog.  Assume the blog won’t be seen, but have it be a nice bonus if it is.  Below, find some articles discussing the pros and cons of the blog as a resume.

Use Your Blog as a Resume? Part I: Pros and Cons

The Blog is the New Resume

Experts: More Job Seekers Using Blogs As Resumes

If you do decide to do a blog as a resume, below find some suggestions on how to do it, what to link to and what to include.

Some basic advice that is in these articles that I want to stress: (1) write well! Remember typos in your blog will be seen as a typo in your resume and will not look make you look good , and (2) keep the blog professional – remember your audience that will be reading this, i.e. don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your potential employer to read and don’t provide links to anywhere with inappropriate content (i.e. facebook).

Use Your Blog as a Resume? Part II: Tips and Examples

Blogging Yourself Into a Job: Is Your Blog Your Resume?

It could be worse…you could be this guy. Wednesday, Apr 14 2010 

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s only human.  So, I see no problem in making ourselves feel better by knowing there are other people out there who made similar mistakes or have done worse.  I for one, when I was applying to law school, sent one application out where in the cover letter it said “…and that is why I would make a great addition to [INSERT SCHOOL NAME HERE] Law School.”  !!!?!??!  Needless to say, I did not get into that school.  I’m sure you’re shocked. Lesson learned – have someone proof read your resume and cover letter!  But, if you do make a mistake, it happens, don’t beat yourself up, and read this – it will make you feel better.

“Consistently tanked as top sales producer”

“It’s best for employers that I not work with people”

“Skills: strong work ethic, attention to detail, team player, self-motivator, attention to detail.”

Still not consoled? Check these out:  150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever

Advice for the seasoned worker’s resume Sunday, Apr 11 2010 

If this is not your first resume, and you have a decent amount of work experience under your belt, the challenge becomes making space. Think Scanability! Picture yourself in Human Resources with 100 resumes before you. What appeals to you? Crowded resumes where it is clear the candidate is trying to cram in every single thing they have ever done? No. Too much reading involved. Unorganized resumes? No, doesn’t reflect well on the candidate.

What is appealing is an organized, clean, 1 page resume.

The problem, and I was guilty of this as well, is either: (1) for the most recent job I had I would list the most bullet points under my job title as it was what I was doing then, it was relevant. But then I would get a new job, and not delete some of the bullets from the last job…after a few different jobs this adds up and my resume was too long; or (2) the other issue is that a lot of times I would not want to cut a bullet point because that bullet point was important to me, I spent a good amount of time, say, reading and summarizing depositions as a paralegal.  But, that has very little relevance now to any job I would be applying for, but I grew partial to that bullet point so wouldn’t want to cut it.  Also, if a lot of bullets say the same thing over and over again, you don’t need them all.  So, my advise is to go through your resume as if you are the one doing the hiring, and ask yourself if it is an attractive resume?  If not, how can you make it that way?  If it means you have to cut some of the bullet points, as long as they are not job requirements of the job you are applying for, start snipping!

Additionally, there are ways you can format your resume that make it more appealing and can cut down on the space used for your past work experience.  For example, a functional resume separates your related work experience (with details of same) from your work history (which is simply listed).  This is good if you have a varied employment history, have been in the work force for a while, or switched fields at some point.

Functional Resume Example

90 Sample Resumes – samples of all types of formats/ways to organize