Professional Objective on Resume?

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  1. FCLaura

    FCLaura Rookie

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    I am re-vamping my resume, and I am wondering about the professional objective.

    First, I am wondering if I should even have one. (I am elementary if that makes a difference.)

    Second, if I do have one, should it say something along the lines of:
    "To secure a teaching position in X district/school."
    OR
    "To teach children to become life-long learners in positive school environment."

    Initially I thought the professional objective was supposed to reflect your philosophy on teaching, but another teacher said it was just to say that you want to get a job with their district/school.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  3. jday129

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    I think the second option is better.
     
  4. amaran20

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    When I was working on my resume (while I was still in college last year) I was told that we should NOT have a professional objective.
     
  5. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    I think it should be broad enough to span all the possible classes/grades/courses you're certified to teach.

    That way, an administrator skimming a group of resumes can see which ones might possibly apply to the opening he has.

    Mine would be: To secure a job teaching math, grades 7-12.
     
  6. MissCeliaB

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    I was told to take mine off because they are old-fashioned.
     
  7. KinderCowgirl

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    I think anyone reading your resume would know your objective was to get a teaching job. I wouldn't include it. I've always heard that many look at resumes to weed out who they are not going to interview. I wouldn't take the chance that something you say doesn't fit with that particular school. If you do include it I agree with Alice, it should be very broad.
     
  8. Unbeknownst

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    To me the objective seems a little redundant. Ummm, of course you want to secure a job with the district, that's why you're sending them your resume!

    I'd use that space for something more important, like your experience (that's what I did).
     
  9. Kangaroo22

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    I don't include one; I just put the certifications on the top of the resume so anyone looking at it knows immediately what I'm qualified for.
     
  10. Beth2004

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    I was also told not to include an objective on my resume. I just put my certifications at the top.
     
  11. Toak

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    Ever since electronic resumes have become popular, I've always been told that objectives are not to be put on them. The purpose was more to help the person sort your resume into the right pile, but now a computer does that
     

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