Don't be fooled by people who tell you that resume objective statements are optional, or that you shouldn't have one at all. Their reasoning is usually that they fence you in and limit your job-seeking focus.

I'm here to tell you that you need an objective statement on your resume. Why?

* An objective statement tells me why I should keep reading the rest of your resume.

An objective statement is advertising, basically. It's the teaser that will draw me in to reading the rest of your resume. The cover letter won't do it. Recruiters don't generally have the time to read a cover letter-we go straight to the resume. So, make sure the first few lines of your resume make me want to read more. Research online about how to craft a compelling objective statement. At its core, a good one will match your capabilities to fulfilling the needs of the organization. What are a few of your key qualities that will make you a good fit for this job? Be careful that you don't make this too generic (read: boring).

* An objective statement makes it easier for me to figure out who you are and what you want.

Don't be vague. Think of your resume objective as a personal branding statement, an elevator pitch, or small summation of what you bring to the table. It not only says what you want, but it also indicates what problems you can solve and how you can bring value to the organization. It's tailored to the job you're applying for, and shows me right off the bat what you can do for the company.

Don't worry: a well-crafted, tailored objective statement won't stop you from being considered for other jobs. For instance, as a medical sales recruiter, I'm always looking for the best candidate to submit to my clients for consideration for jobs in laboratory sales, medical device sales, health care IT, and more. If your objective statement has led me to read the rest of your resume to see what you can do (and what you have done), I'm going to think about you for any job you might be a good fit for because that's what's in the best interests of me and my client companies.

Author's Bio: 

Peggy McKee is known nationally for placing top sales talent at companies that are Fortune 5, 100, and 500 organizations as the owner and chief recruiter for PHC Consulting. Her firm works with sales, sales management, marketing and technical support candidates in the medical products/laboratory products/healthcare products arena. See her website at =>