Resume Objective Examples
Resume Objective Examples
Feel like your applications are not getting anywhere? Are you applying for lots of jobs, but not getting to the shortlist? Having a clear idea about your career or job objective may help.
What is an objective for a resume?
When writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume, some people choose to state their objective or rather, their vision. Stating an objective for your resume can show employers that you are clear about what you want to do and how you are going to get there.
While stating an objective on your resume is entirely optional – having an objective for your resume is not optional. Having an overall objective ensures that you know what your career goals are and how you are going to achieve them. Applying for every job in site is not going to land you a job and especially not a job that you will love!
If you do include an objective on your resume, make sure that you revise it for every single job application that you submit. There is nothing worse from a recruiters’ perspective than reading someone’s objective to become the best engineer in their field and they are applying for an administrative job in a hospital! This just tells the employer that you will be out of there as soon as you can find a job in the field relating to your objective. They will not spend the time or effort in training you, and will only give your application a cursory glance, even if you do meet all of their requirements.
It’s a good idea to tailor your objective for each job you are applying for. While you may have one very clear career objective for yourself and your life, it is best to tailor it slightly to reflect the job you are applying for.
A good place to start is to gather the materials you have about the job you are applying for – the ad, the job description, look at their website and any other material that is available. Look at the company documentation and look for competencies, phrases or skills that relate to the job and that resonate specifically with you or that you count as a particular area of strength.
Avoid starting your objective with the words “I want”, “I hope” or “I’m seeking”. Instead, start your objective with words like “develop”, “build”, “manage”, “make a difference” etc. These tend to demonstrate that you want to contribute to their business or company and are not just in it for yourself.
Include your areas of strength in your resume objective
I’ve mentioned in other articles how important it is to know what your specific skills and competencies are. If you know that you are analytical, a great communicator, a strong leader or love to support a leader with a cause, then include the relevant characteristics into your objective.
Do Include in your Objective for Resume:
- Phrases or words that relate to the job description or the competencies and skills of the job that resonate with you
- Your specific skills or natural areas of strength
- Words that demonstrate that you want to contribute to the organisation rather than being only out for yourself
Resume objective examples
- Develop a career in the finance field where I can utilise my accounting degree, strong analytical and problem solving skills, and continue to build my management skills.
- To work in a marketing position that utilizes my creativity and strong communication skills so that I can make a positive contribution to the organisation.
- Obtain a position at xyz company where I can use my skills and experience to develop policy and procedures and influence the strategic direction of the company.