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This week’s question: Do I need an objective on my resume?

That is a great question! Let’s first start with what an objective actually is!

  • Optional short statement typically found at the top of a resume
  • States what your reason is for applying
  • Useful for the employer to know what specific position you are applying for, so you won’t end up in the wrong pile
  • Not necessary if you lack the space on your resume

An example objective would be:

“Objective: To obtain the Civil Engineering internship position at (company) in (location).”

The Career Center has a template with an objective listed on the website for reference as well.

Some of you may be wondering what the difference between a summary and an objective is.

  • A summary is used only if you have extensive experience in the field and aren’t able to include all of it on the rest of the resume, so you summarize it at the beginning
  • An objective is used as a short statement to describe the specific position, not your skills or abilities for that position
  • Your skills would be incorporated in your job descriptions, rather than in the objective


That concludes this week’s blog. Please write your questions on the lower, right side of the main page of our website!

I will be answering them every Friday. Ask any question you like, no question is too small!

Signing off,

The CC

By Andrea Richard
Andrea Richard Graduate Career Mentor Andrea Richard