When was the last time you edited your resume? Was it years ago before you've landed the job before this one? Maybe you should give it a second look even if that career shift you've been planning isn't in the pipeline yet. According to The Muse, aside from looking for a new job, your may just unearth that CV during times when you need to be a speaker or present yourself as an expert.

That being said, you'll need to review the contents of your resume. If you haven't touched it for ages, then you most likely have an "objective" section on your CV… But does it really need to be there?

Some say it's necessary, while others believe you can do without it.

If your resume and cover letter are detailed enough or self-explanatory, you don't need to include an objective statement. Think about it this way: An objective is like a written version of your answer to "Tell me about yourself". That said, you should include an objective when you want to explain an experience that isn't covered in detail in your paper or cover letter, like when you're entering a different industry.

Also, keep in mind that you can't just say something as bland as, "I'm looking for a research position to improve my skills." That's a good way to get a hard pass from a potential employer. When writing an objective statement, think about what you can offer them instead of the other way around.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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