You’ve probably heard some mixed messages on whether or not to include an objective in your resume. If you’re trying to transition into a new industry or take your career in a different direction, listing an objective is probably pretty harmless. But in all other instances, and especially in Hollywood, we’re firm believers that an objective on the resume is a waste of space.
Hiring managers already know your objective -- if you’re applying for a job at a company, it’s usually safe to assume that your objective is to get a job at that company. And in some cases, listing an objective can make you sound unfocused or misguided. For example, if you write “Objective: To obtain a marketing position” in an application for a development job, the hiring manager is going to think you’re either confused about the position or that you just applied blindly.
Our advice: Leave the objective off. Sometimes you may feel the need to explain why you’re applying to a job that may not exactly align with your past experience, but that’s what cover letters are for.