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Should you include an objective on your CV?

Matt Glodz
Should you include an objective on your CV?

Why you can confidently get rid of your objective statement

If you do a simple Google search on the topic, you’ll find plenty of articles on how to write your CV's objective as well as lots of contradicting information.

We don’t recommend including an objective on your CV and never do so for our clients.

We believe there are much better uses for the limited space you have to work with.

It’s fine to skip your objective for the following simple reason:

The primary objective of your CV is to land you an interview.

Enough said.

When you submit your CV for a job posting, your objective is to get invited for an interview.

You’re applying because you want the job, right?

The act of your submitting your CV very clearly implies your objective.

Trying to explain yourself will inevitably sound forced and awkward.

As such, you can nix the objective and move on to crafting sections that will add greater value, showing readers why you would make a great fit for your target roles.

There’s simply no reason to waste time or energy crafting a statement that will not differentiate you from other applicants - and that may cause recruiters to question your professional judgement.

Whilst objectives used to be common on CVs, they are no longer expected.

We can assure you that skipping this section will not detract from your candidacy in any way.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over eight years.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

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