Should you include an objective at the top of your resume? While many
resume books say yes, I am anti-objective. Why? Objectives tend to be
either so specific that they convince the potential employer that you
are interested in something other than the job at hand, or they are so
vague that they include practically every position on the planet. During
a recent search for a Film Producer Assistant, one candidate's objective
was to become a TV producer; another wrote an essay on his career
ambitions, the future of the film industry, and general U.S. policy.
Neither candidate got an interview. Though these are extreme examples,
objectives tend to do more harm than good.
Salary and References
Unless a want ad specifically asks for salary information, do not
include it. If you do include salary information, you run the risk of
either pricing yourself out of a position or limiting your earning
potential. For references, unless an ad requires them, a simple
'references upon request' at the bottom of your resume will suffice. You
can bring a list of references and letters of recommendation with you to
Don't be intimidated about writing a resume -- just keep it clear and
concise and you should get good results.