Ask most Recruiters or Hiring Managers today if they feel an objective is necessary and you’ll likely hear a resounding “NO!”
Resumes no longer offer an accurate picture of the candidate. Employers want a sense of who the individual actually is and resumes have limitations.
Competition among search partners doesn’t guarantee success; it just causes a burst of activity and a rush to make a referral before anyone else. What you really want is a dedicated, thorough search by a committed recruiting partner to ensure you are getting the best candidates in the market.
Go a different way when you have the opportunity – you can always go back the way you know.
As a candidate you are being asked to spend this time so that you can continue to be vetted before the official offer is made.