Two Minute Tuesday: My Objection to Your Objective

Today we are focusing on your objection and why you should not state an construction objective at the top of this important document. Doing so is one of the two most common missteps people make when putting a resume together. We’ll cover the second one in a future Two Minute Tuesday.

Let’s get to the skinny: If anything, having a stated construction resume objective will exclude you from opportunities that you might otherwise be open to exploring, now or in the future. Construction objectives, by their very nature, are exclusive. Unless you have companies beating down your door to hire you to the point where it has become overwhelming and you need to reduce the size of the herd (potential job offers), then your construction resume objective is not adding any real value to your resume. In fact, it is doing just the opposite, you really shouldn’t be taking up that precious real estate at the top of your resume to potentially limiting the number and scope of your opportunities.

So, if you have a construction objective on your resume, get on your computer and delete it right now. You may wonder what should take up that precious real estate if not an Objective. Ideally, a Professional Summary will. We will talk more about what makes a great Professional Summary in next week’s Two Minute Tuesdays.

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Taylor Maurer runs the talent acquisition firm HCRC as senior managing partner. He is a professional heavy civil construction recruiter dedicated to attracting and retaining high quality talent.

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