Hey all, I recently got laid off from an IT position at a major company, and have been sending out my resume to various consultants, recruiters, connections, etc. to try and find a new job. Before my recent job search started, I never included a blurb at the beginning of the resume that states one's skills and qualifications - often called an objective or, more recently, a summary. When I was laid off, my company provided me with a career counselor who emphasized the importance of a summary, so I wrote one and added it in there. Now, however, a couple of my connections have asked me to omit this section from my resume before they send it out. They said it would cause many recruiters to ignore it from the start, whereas my counselor said the exact opposite. I know there are a lot of professionals on this board, so I'm curious about your thoughts on this subject. Right now, my instinct is to keep the summary in there, but have a summary-less copy on file just in case. But, if the summary really is unnecessary, maybe even hurtful, then I should just totally eliminate it. Thanks for your time and thoughts on this!