Difference Between Career Summaries and Career Objectives

Knowing that we live in a fast-paced world, how can you get a potential employer know more about you quickly and effectively? Your cover or introduction letter would seem like an obvious place to start, wouldn’t it? But let’s get real, time is a precious commodity that everyone is short on and most place won’t look at it unless they’re interested in you already. Here’s a convenient solution, time to put that space between your contact info and your work history to good use. Yes, that awkward blank space should be the perfect home for Career Summaries and Career Objectives of all kind. In one or two very short paragraphs you’ll be letting you potential employer know what they most need to know about you.

What to write in a Career Summary section:

A summary is a highly condensed version of your track record as a worker. It is your place to shine, let them know what you’ve done well, what you’re good at, and what you enjoy doing. This section is very useful for people who are new to the job market and seasoned professionals alike. If you have little to no work experience, think about what you were good at in school, you might also want to rename this section to something like “About Me”. If you’re an experienced worker, it’s time to put the things you achieved and your best skills in the spotlight, you worked hard for those credentials, flaunt them. You can adapt this section to the position you’re applying for by focusing more on the skills that are needed for the job, the goal is to let them quickly see that you have all the skills they need, you may also feel free to rename this section “Professional Summary” or something similar if you feel it suits your image better. This section should be fairly short, a single paragraph of 4 or 5 sentences. As in this example:

Example of a Career Summary:

Cheerful and reliable receptionist with a solid experience in the medical industry. Comfortable with several computer programs and fast typist. Good team worker but capable of working independently with great time management skills. Flexible with time, available for weekends and long shifts,

What to write a Career Objectives section:

This section is especially useful for those times where you’re sending resumes left and right, sometimes without knowing if there’s even a job opening in the business. But even more useful when you have a short history as a worker, it can be difficult for an employer to know what someone is looking for when their cv is sparse and you wouldn’t want them to skip your CV just because they weren’t in the research mode when you CV landed on their desk. In your Career objective, the focus should be on letting the employer know what you’re looking for or what they might keep you in mind for. The operative words for this section are short and to the point. While this section can be paired with the summary, you ought to be careful when doing that, if the paragraph is too long it might very well go the same way the cover letter likely went, unread. It’s a good idea to adapt this part to the industry you’re applying in but you do not necessarily have to. Here’s an example:

Example of a Career Objective:

To obtain a production line supervisor position, with possibilities of advancement according to work quality, in a well-established and respected company in the sampling sector.

Career Summaries or Career Objectives:

In short, the Career Summary is where you let the employer know about you and what you can bring to the business it takes a little longer to write. While quicker to write the Career Objectives lets them know what you hope they can offer to you, but might also require frequent editing, particularly if you’re applying for more than one type of employment. Both of these things are important, it’s a matter of what you think is more important. Really, it’s up to you, one or the other, or both. Regardless of the option you pick, take a few moment to write it as best you can, brush up on those marketing skills and remember this top part of your resume will in all likelihood be the very first impression a potential employer will have of you, make it a good one.


  • https://www.monster.ca/career-advice/article/career-summaries-vs-career-objectives-canada
  • https://www.greatsampleresume.com/blog/how-to-state-your-job-intentions-on-the-resume/
  • https://work.chron.com/difference-career-summary-objective-resume-7831.html

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