What's So Special About
about the Objective Statement?
Your Objective Statement Should Focus on the Employer's Needs
If you are in the market for a new car and a salesperson asks you what you are looking for in a new car, you may spout off a few details, such as: automatic transmission, power everything, any color but green, leather seats or 6-CD changer (or all of the above). The salesperson is much better equipped to find a car that matches your description if you provide the right kind of information.
The same holds true for an objective statement. If you do not use one, an employer might not be able to determine, from the rest of your resume, what type of work you are seeking.
This simple statement provides the employer with the details necessary to:
- Know what kind of work interests you
- Recognize your desire to impact the organization in a positive way
- Show that you understand what the company needs
Do not assume that your cover letter will do all of that for you. The cover letter might not even get read. Even if it does get read, it could very easily get separated from your resume. If that happens, the employer has no lead-in to your resume and it has to stand alone. That is where the objective statement becomes vital.
Consider what many human resource departments have to deal with during any given day. Depending upon the size of the organization, there could be anywhere from 5 to 50 open positions in varying degrees of being filled. There is no telling who will be reading your resume, if it will be sent to the correct person or if it will get put in the wrong stack of papers inadvertently. It happens. It happens every day.
Do you want to get hired for a specific position or are you ok with interviewing for any position an employer has available? Most people have a career focus and are interested in a specific type of work. You probably are, too.
The employer needs some direction from YOU
The objective statement lets the employer know what you are interested in. The best kind of objective statement does it in a way that also lets the employer know what you can do for them.
What can it do for you?
- Arouse interest in the rest of the resume
- Inject energy and enthusiasm
- Express your desire to contribute to the organization
- Articulate your knowledge of one or more aspects of the company
Use the objective statement as a springboard to the rest of your resume. Get the employer's attention and generate interest so that the rest of your resume gets read. Be specific and tailor every word to the position desired and the employer's needs.
Take the time to do it right and you will hear the welcome call of your phone ringing for that coveted interview.
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