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Résumé Writing: References Available Upon Request, Objective Statements, and Other Advice

Updated on January 3, 2013

If you’re in the process of writing or updating your résumé, then you need to know how to develop a modern résumé. Just like everything else, résumés evolve over time. Because of this, you need to make sure that your résumé doesn’t resemble something akin to a 70s horror film.

I have never put an objective statement on my résumé or any of my clients’ résumés. Why? It’s simple: employers know what your objective is, i.e., to get a job!

Instead of an objective statement, write a summary of qualifications. If you’re not sure how to do that, this article will help you out.

You should have a list of references prepared at all times. Employers are most likely going to want to contact your references, so you need to have a list ready. A hiring manager isn’t going to care if you have “References Available Upon Request” on your résumé – they’re going to want them. So, instead of putting this obvious statement on your résumé, just leave it off.

Note: Notify all of your references that you’re job searching. If they’re caught off guard, they won’t be able to give a very good referral. In addition, you’ll want to send them a copy of your résumé so that they can review it prior to speaking to your potential employers.

The example below demonstrates the usage of skills and sample of classes in order to fill up additional space on your résumé. If you are applying for jobs that require technical knowledge, it’s a good idea to include your 'skills' and 'courses taken' on your résumé. By doing so, a hiring manager is able to quickly scan over your qualifications and determine whether or not to setup an interview.

Note: The résumé below is my ‘all-purpose’ version. In most cases, your résumé should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for.

Other useful tidbits:

• Be creative. Imagine how boring it must be to sift through hundreds of identical looking résumés. If you’re able to, try to get creative and think of a way to make your résumé unique.

Include a link to your LinkedIn profile or other online portfolio (you do have one, right?). You want to give an employer as much information as possible while remaining concise. If they’re interested in you, they’ll want more detailed information. By including a link to your online profile, you’ll make it easy for them to quickly learn more about you.

Have a text-based version of your résumé available. When applying for jobs online, it’s a good idea to have a .txt format version of your résumé available. A lot of employers require you to paste your résumé on an application form. By having a .txt format available, it will be a quick and easy process.

For more detailed information, make sure to check out my other articles, many of which are written specifically to help you write a better résumé and land more interviews! I am a professional résumé writer with Hired Résumé Service, a family-owned and operated business. We offer professional, affordable résumés for anyone who wants a little additional help!

Thanks for reading!


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      Jerad Maplethorpe 

      8 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Thanks for the great advice; it will certainly help me better inform people!

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      8 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      it depends on what kind of position i'm hiring if it is a managing position then i want to see Achievements and dollars/budgets and number of people they've been responsible for...i'm also looking at work history to determine whether or not someone hops from job to job and/or there are gaps...i think it is good to have a breadth of experience but if someone for example has worked in the same kind of job and doesn't stay very long in a position and moves around to similar paying jobs/similar roles - then it might raise a red flag for really depends on the position. If it is one that requires a particular skill, then i expect to see education that matches that - if the education doesn't line up then i won't look further. And finally - no errors/typos...that turns me off right away. However, all of this can be captured nicely in a cover letter if it is written well and any questions i may have e.g. work history gaps can easily be answered. I guess most important is tailoring the resume and cover letter to the job that is being applied for - many people don't do that. Hope some of this helps....there is much to consider when hiring/applying.

    • maplethorpej profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerad Maplethorpe 

      8 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Thanks for the comment!

      I've heard some managers say that they look at the résumé first to see if it is worth reading through the cover letter. Of course, it does seem to make a bit more sense to read the cover letter first, since that is what it is there for!

      And yes, I think the 'don't bother pile' is probably necessary haha.

      Curious, what is the thing you like to see most on a résumé?

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      8 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...good resume writing tips..i find when i'm hiring and going through the pile of applicants what i screen first is the covering letter which pretty much sums up what i'm looking for - it should the cover letter for me as the person hiring makes it easy to determine whether or not i want to look at the resume for further information and to determine which pile to put it in....the 'read further pile' or the 'don't bother pile'.....or is that just me? (ha ha ha).....good hub!


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