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Ep. 224 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another stupid resume mistake that too many job hunters commit.

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This is 1 of my favorite mistakes people make-- including an objective.

Objectives are a residue from 40 some odd years ago when it was too complicated to type a cover letter.. Why? Because back then, you type in a typewriter, if you made a mistake you used white out (a product that many of you will think, "Huh?? What's that? .. It was a liquid that was designed to allow you to cover up mistakes she could type over them again). It looked real good. When you send a resume (please note losing sarcasm). Copying was not as ubiquitous as it is now. It was expensive to have your cover letter copied. As a result, people opted for an objective on the resume to talk about what they wanted to do for the next organization.

Let's fast-forward to today. The outcome of an objective is to accomplish the same thing. However, when you read them, they say 1 of 2 things – – they are bland and boring. They will say something like, "I want to work for a progressive organization where I can use my talents and grow... On and on and on. The 2nd way they are used makes them very limited. "I am looking for (they describe something very limiting and very specific). As a result, they really had and toss your resume out or deleted because you disqualified yourself because what you described tells them that you would not be interested in the role that they have.

Ditch the objective. Just don't use it. It is a waste of time. It will only hurt you. And accomplishes nothing positive.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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