The Resume Objective

The objective section is an essential part of your resume. It tells the potential employer what you are looking for.

It is not a place to boldly sell yourself. It is, rather, a place to state what you can offer the employer.

Used correctly, it can help you get the job you WANT.

There is a way to incorporate a "selling" aspect into this section of the resume without being obvious. You'll learn this little secret so that you can impress the employer before you ever meet face-to-face. Here is a good example of a job objective. This example is for a human resources management position.

Job Target: A challenging management or generalist position in Human Resources where my in-depth knowledge of HRIS systems can broaden the base of expertise in your department

Why is this example good?

It offers a great deal of information about the job candidate immediately. The candidate knows the language of Human Resources, wants to make valuable contributions to the organization, likes to be challenged, is flexible (will look at more than one position), communicates well and has experience in vital areas.

Subtle selling of your qualities and achievements is an important aspect of YOUR objective statement. Do it in a way that presents your skills as solving the employer's problems, though, and you will master this section of the resume.

The more obvious advertisement of your abilities and education comes later in the resume (and also in the cover letter).

Consider for a moment just what this portion of the resume is designed to do:

  • Clarify for the employer what type of position you are seeking
  • Define some of your finest qualities and present them in vibrant language to which the employer can immediately relate
  • Subtly build up the employer with a positive flow of words

Write a Resume that Works!

Yes, that seems like an obvious comment, but not everyone follows that advice.

For instance, many people put their resumes together without a lot of thought or attention to detail. Employers know right away who took a lot of time to make their resume shine and who didn't. If you are willing to take the time to do this process right, you'll achieve far more success, get faster results and make more money. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

NOTE: The successful use of an objective statement targets each position the candidate is seeking. No two jobs are exactly alike. No two objective statements should truly ever be the same, either.

Your objective statement should be very narrowly focused on each position. Use the knowledge you have about the position, the company (even the person reading your resume if you know who it is) to write the most effective objective statement possible.

At some point down the road, you may want to use more than one variation of your resume. For example, if you have worked in the field of Public Relations, you may want one copy that is directed toward a Public Relations position. Another copy might be geared toward a Marketing position (and so on). Some people have as many as 5 varieties depending upon their work experience and career goals. This can be very helpful during the job-search process.

It takes time.

Writing a history of your professional life takes time. There is a huge payoff if you do it yourself, though. Many job-seekers don't consider this aspect of writing a resume, but I'll tell you the secret.

When you take the time to write your own resume, you know the material forward and backward and can recite it promptly and thoroughly when asked about it in an interview. This is SO important. It cannot be overstated.

You won't be fumbling for dates or job descriptions like some people do when they have a commercial service create their resume for them. You'll know it all because you will have worked with the material in a variety of ways. You gain so much more by doing the work yourself. This, of course, is aside from the fact that you'll be saving a lot of money, too.

Make your resume work for you.
Make your objective statement work for you.

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