Resume question-objectives?

Nurses Job Hunt


As a new grad [taking my exam next month], do you suggest adding an objective to the resume?

Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU.

Not at all. Objectives are outdated and really serve no purpose. You want your entire resume to make you stand out. Objectives don't do that. They all, in one way or another, say "I'm applying for this job because I want a job." Yes, everyone knows that.

Leave out the objective. The space can be much better utilized for something that showcases your skill set and abilities.

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

I agree with Ashley. They rarely, if ever, help you -- and they give you another chance to say something that could hurt you. Leave it out unless you have some special reason for including one.

Depends on where you're applying, actually.

I work for a large multi-specialty medical practice and the person who opens the mail dumps everything that looks like a resume or application into an "HR" pile, with one notable exception. If it says "NURSE" somewhere near the top (as is the case in an "objective" line), it goes directly to me for review. Those applicants don't get lost in a 'whatever' bin; the nurse manager (me) actually gets them promptly.

The "HR" pile gets looked at once a month or so, as they're only looking for clerical or MA spots to fill. If there's an actual nurse in that batch, it could be easily a couple of months before I get to see it. Resumes that had an objective line for a nurse? I get them fast.

As I mentioned to someone else, if your resume can in no way be construed as anything but a request to be reviewed for a nursing position, then fine--leave it off. But if you have a varied background, multiple degrees, a work history that is anything but "I'm obviously a nurse looking for a JOB as a nurse", then an objective might not be a bad idea. And in the case of my facility--a rather good idea. New grads often have just such a varied history--and one poor in nursing experiences-- on their resumes.

I did, it's like a single line ... it won't kill you. Keep it simple. Obviously RnrRWe's situation is a good example of why you should have it there.

+ Add a Comment