Newspapers have them. So do magazines, ads, even stories on the nightly news.
A headline highlights and introduces what is to follow. Based on the headline, the viewer may read it or bail out (turn the page, change the channel, etc.).
The headline in your resume is the opening paragraph, just under your name and contact information.
Here’s what you should be asking yourself:
Do I need one? Should it be an “Objective”? Should it be a “Summary”?
And, here are the answers:
Yes, No, Yes.
You can’t assume that the reader or Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) has seen the cover letter. Many cover letters are overlooked, lost or discarded, so the resume has to stand on its own—and it’s too abrupt of an opening to have your name & address, and then go right into Education or Experience.
An “Objective” is old school and a waste of space. The “objective” is to get an interview for the job [for which you’re applying]. The company knows that.
Instead, give the reader a “tease” about what’s important without having to dig into the resume. Use the opportunity to promote yourself with one paragraph, summarizing a few key skills, a quantifiable accomplishment, and your passion to be part of that company/industry. What degree do you have? Bi-lingual? Traveled or worked in other countries? An award winner? Maybe namedrop a well-known company or competitor for whom you’ve worked.
That’s it, two sentences, no more. You want to get and keep their attention so that they keep reading.
Then, and here’s the key…make sure that you’ve demonstrated those highlights down below. There’s nothing worse than a headline that promises something and then never delivers.
Give yourself a strong, credible headline to hook the reader and not let them bail out.
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