How to Write a Great Objective Statement in your Resume

“Emphasize your strengths on your resume, in your cover letters and in your interviews. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people simply list everything they’ve ever done. Convey your passion and link your strengths to measurable results. Employers and interviewers love concrete data.”

– Marcus Buckingham

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If you’ve started working on part time or fulltime jobs, then most likely you may already have written a resume and cover letters. Cover letters are like movie passes while resumes are your ID and you need both to get into a theatre playing an R-18 movie, which in this case is the company that you’re applying to. Bad resumes will lead to bad employments or zero employment, that’s why you’ll need to write high-impact resumes getting the hiring manager’s attention and landing the job that you’re aiming for.

Before we move forward, here are the parts of a resume:

  1. Information section
  2. Resume Objective
  3. Education
  4. Work Experience
  5. Skills
  6. Achievements
  7. Volunteer Activities
  8. References

Do You Need an Objective Section?

It actually depends on your prerogative as it’s hard to stifle a definite answer on this one; however, for experienced job hunters blending their objectives and career goals into their list of qualifications is a more subtle way of doing it than saving a section or line for it on your resume.

For instance, a job applicant wrote her qualifications summary this way:

“Talented and dependable secretary, skilled in all aspects of office management within non-profit environments.”

From this sentence the HR Manager should be able to determine that her career goals includes office secretarial role and admin support, and having determined that now, the Employer can guide her to the job position, department and teamRalliedHR that she will be working with in case she gets hired.

Still it wouldn’t hurt if you dedicate a space on your resume for your career objectives though.

When Is a Formal Objective Required?

Under normal circumstances, your goal is to grow in the company that you applied for a job in and not go looking for new jobs every 2 years or so; therefore, you should concentrate more on ways to get promoted in your career path. However, you can’t be sure of the times nowadays, because an economic recession could hit us again and you’ll be back on the streets job hunting. Newly graduates would be on the same boat as those who are switching careers, but having a formal objected written on your resume should only be done when you’re targeting a job position in the company.

Resume Objective Examples

Entry-Level Job Seekers:

“Highly motivated IT graduate seeking an entry-level computer programming position in XYZ Company.”

When Targeting a Specific Position:

RalliedHR“2 years experience Electrical Engineer with a Master of Science Degree applying for Quality Assurance Engineer in ABC Enterprise.”

For Career Changers:

“Seasoned business marketing manager seeking to leverage extensive background in overseeing the activities of workers; hire, train and evaluate new employees; and ensure that a company or department is on track to meet its financial goals, in an entry-level division manager position. Extremely motivated for targeting new career goals and eager to contribute to a company’s growth.”

Tips for Writing Your Own Objective Statement

Remember that the company is already aware that it will offer you a good compensation and benefits in exchange for your service, so write your objective in a way that it highlights what you can contribute to the company. That’s because you can discuss how you can get compensated properly during the job interview when you’ll negotiate your salary. Make your intentions clear and avoid turning yourself into a charity case where you want to work in a specific department of the company so that you can learn from your boss and co-workers. Learning is over, you did that in school – it’s time for doing.

Try to come up with multiple variations of your resume in case you have more than 1 career goal. This will help when you’re applying for jobs.