Put another way--will you be swayed by what is called the “halo” effect?
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The 'halo effect' is a classic finding in social psychology. It is the idea that global evaluations about a person (e.g. she is likeable) bleed over into judgements about their specific traits (e.g. she is intelligent). Hollywood stars demonstrate the halo effect perfectly. Because they are often attractive and likeable we naturally assume they are also intelligent, friendly, display good judgement and so on. That is, until we come across (sometimes plentiful) evidence to the contrary.
IMAGE matters but does it RULE?…
current career marketing messaging practices and generally too lazy to research what may have changed since they last used that resume in 1993.
When I see an objective on a resume. I envision a guy (or gal) with a mullet hair style, wearing a Members Only jacket and strutting around with a fully extended metal antennae on their brick-sized cell phone before hopping into their Ford Pinto.
So, in other words, I find objectives "objectionable," completely irrelevant and out of fashion. NO ONE cares about your career goals and aspirations and how wonderfully you think you will be as member of our team. And, objective or not, using first person language on a resume makes it read like it was written by an 11 year old, not a business professional.
What most resume recipients expect to see is relevance to the position being pursued. The resume should be concise, error-free, well-formatted and organized in an aesthetically pleasing easy to skim/scan layout. Extraneous information (including objectives) is distracting and wastes space.
All content should demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills, abilities and competence worthy of the reader's attention and make it clear that the person is qualified to be considered further for the position being filled.
The primary goal of resume is to get the person an interview. Therefore, it needs to be immediately and abundantly obvious to the reader that the person "gets it." I've never seen an objective that added any value in that regard.
~KB @TalentTalks …