Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

Should I use a summary or objective in my resume?

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Resume summaries work better than objective statements for some job seekers. Each type of introductory statement has a different purpose. For many job seekers, neither resume introduction statement will be the right one.

Is a summary necessary on a resume?

The short answer is that depends. Summary statements are usually best for more experienced professionals with years of experience to tie together a common theme. They can be used to tie together disparate experiences with a set of skills.

Why should you now use a summary statement and not an objective?

An objective statement tells the reader what to expect, but a summary statement tells them who you are and what you can do.

What is the difference between an objective and a summary statement?

The objective is usually a short one or two sentences. What job or career are you looking for? Your qualifications are highlighted in the summary.

Why you don’t need an objective in a resume?

An ‘Objective’ section does not explain why you’re the best person for the job. Recruiters want to read your resume with prepared answers in mind. summary statements do that.

Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

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