Are CV Objectives old fashioned?

by Jul 14, 2011Career, Dear Dorothy2 comments

CV objectives are old school

Hi Dorothy –  I have been told that it is considered old fashioned to start a CV with my personal objectives. Is this true and would you go along with this idea? Alicia, Paris

Objectives are old fashioned

Objectives are old fashioned

Hi Alicia – thanks for your mail. I would answer “yes” to your question on both counts.  Currently any recruiter, hiring manager or search specialist will spend about 8 seconds looking at your mission statement, attempting to establish what you have achieved in your career to date and  to ascertain if can you can transfer that success  to their client. Use that space wisely to sell yourself to draw the reader in to the body of your CV and after that to secure  an interview. You can incorporate your personal goals in a small phrase tagged to the end “seeks … ” Any career strategy will come out in discussion.

So putting any objectives at the start of a CV is going to date you by about 5 years. Hiring managers want a helicopter view of your career that answers the main question:

What have you done before and can you do it for us?

Make sure you include your achievements and transferable skills. CV objectives are now very much old-school and show you are out of touch with the job search market. It also raises questions that you might be out of touch in other areas.

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Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she supports organizations to achieve business success via gender balance, diversity and inclusion. She is CIPD qualified, and a certified coach and trainer including digital learning.
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