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My question is, when switching job titles, I've decided to use an objective rather than a summary...do I change the title from Professional Summary to Objective or just leave it as is, since it is kind of a combination of the two Thanks?

My question is, when switching job titles, I've decided to use an objective rather than a summary...do I change the title from Professional Summary to Objective or just leave it as is, since it is kind of a combination of the two?

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ELISSA’s Answer

The objective is what you want and are aiming to do. That would be my suggestion and tie the two together. "Leverage communication skills to become a development professional .... " Explain how the skills you have will transfer.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Kelly !

I have never seen a resume that said "Professional Objective" so if you opt to have an objective on your resume which usually goes at the top of the page under your contact information, just put "Objective". I have my own ideas which many would not agree with about using an objective on a resume. By all means if you prefer to use Objective as part of the resume, do so, but personally, I do not believe that an objective is necessary because we all want to work to our best ability, we all want a job that can use our skills, etc. I think it really doesn't say much to an employer. You will periodically also have to modify it from time to time to make it applicable to whichever position you apply for. And what if your written objective doesn't match up with the employers' objective for the company ? Employers initially want to read about your experience, skills and education and other things can be discussed in the interview. That is just my viewpoint about it, but the wonderful thing is that everyone's resume is unique and done with their preferences.

As for a Professional Summary, I would not use it because you can list your accomplishments and duties for each job under Employment History. The employer would get a better idea reading each experience under each job/volunteer work or internship you've had. By all means, gather more advice and make the decision based on what you personally think works and looks best.

Best wishes in all you do !
Thank you comment icon Okay, thank you both for the great advice and opinions! Here is the objective that I have prepared. What do you think? Experienced and detail-oriented administrative professional with a strong background in executive support, adept at providing comprehensive administrative assistance to senior executives. Skilled in calendar management, travel coordination, document drafting, and financial management. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and highly organized with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Known for maintaining confidentiality, handling sensitive information, and thriving in fast-paced environments. Seeking to leverage 20+ years of experience to contribute to a dynamic team as an Executive Assistant. kelly
Thank you comment icon I have been a legal assistant/paralegal for the past 20 years. Thanks again! kelly
Thank you comment icon You are very welcome, Kelly ! The objective sounds good. Michelle M.
Thank you comment icon Thank you again for your time and opinions! kelly
Thank you comment icon Hello, Erik - I am thinking that your comment was meant for the student. Your comment should be entered under your advice entry, but that's okay. Have an awesome day ! Michelle M.
Thank you comment icon Dang, your correct! I'll edit. Thanks! Erik Maroney
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Erik’s Answer

Hi Kelly, For a resume, an objective will be a statement of what you are looking for out of your next job or career. Your professional summary is a brief 'value statement' of what you have done in your current role(s). Preferably, the summer is modified to reflect responsibilities that relate to the role you are trying to achieve. So, you can have one or the other - or, both on a resume. However, they serve two distinct purposes.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Yes, I understand that, thank you! My question is when titling that section...do I change it from the title of "Professional Summary" to be titled "Professional Objective" or just plain "Objective". I hope that clarifies what I was asking. kelly
Thank you comment icon Okay, Either is fine. It's understood that it is Professional. Erik Maroney
Thank you comment icon Hi, looks good. To be clear, that is a Summary. The only objective you stated is: Seeking to leverage 20+ years of experience to contribute to a dynamic team as an Executive Assistant. I would call it a Summary unless you separate into 2 sections Also, you can run your statement thru CHAT GTP. Type (into openai's chatgtp): "make this an objective" (or "make this better for a resume" and paste your entire paragraph. You will be amazed...good luck. Erik Maroney
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Rosie’s Answer

If you're switching from a professional summary to an objective statement on your resume, you should update the section title to reflect the change. This helps to clearly communicate to employers the purpose of that section. Here's how you can make the adjustment:

Change the Section Title: If you've been using "Professional Summary" but now want to incorporate an objective statement, update the section title to "Objective." This signals to employers that you're stating your career goals and intentions upfront.

Revise the Content: Since you're transitioning from a summary to an objective, you'll likely need to revise the content to reflect this change. An objective statement typically focuses on your career goals, the type of position you're seeking, and what you can bring to the role. Ensure that your statement is concise, specific, and tailored to the job you're applying for.

Consider the Context: Depending on your industry and the norms within your field, you may find that one approach (summary or objective) is more commonly used or preferred over the other. However, if you believe that a combination of both serves your purposes best, you can certainly create a hybrid section that incorporates elements of both a summary and an objective statement.

Formatting Consistency: Whichever approach you choose, maintain consistency in formatting throughout your resume. This ensures that your document looks polished and professional.

In summary, if you're switching from a professional summary to an objective statement, update the section title to "Objective" to accurately reflect the content of that section. Then, revise the content to align with the objective statement format.
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