How to Write a Resume Objective [+9 examples] | The Best Writing Guide

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So you’re writing your résumé, and it looks pretty kickass so far — you’ve had some good jobs, and that college you finished is prestigious, if you may say so yourself. So far, so good. But you’re still missing one very important thing. Your résumé objective.

Even its location, right at the top of your résumé, hints at how important your résumé objective is. Some recruiters will read only that — after all, how much can a person really take in within the 6 (!!!) seconds typically spent per résumé?

With this in mind, you can see how a résumé objective can make a newcomer to the workplace’s résumé or break a résumé as good as yours.

But don’t worry. I’ll help you write one that will keep recruiters reading so they can find out all about all you have to offer.

In this article, you will find out:

  • how to highlight the best you have to offer in your résumé objective
  • how to use your résumé objective to stand out
  • what common résumé objective pitfalls to avoid

Ready? Let’s do this!

What a résumé objective is

What a résumé objective is

We should probably start by making clear what a résumé objective is…and what it’s not. First, last and most of all, a résumé objective is an introduction of you as a candidate.

It’s supposed to tell the person reading it what

  • relevant skills,
  • knowledge
  • and experience you have

that make you the right person for the job.

Concise and easy to read and take in, your résumé statement should be the hook that gets the hiring manager to say:

“That looks like the kind of person
we need around here!”.

What it should not be, on the other hand, is a list of your own personal goals or, worse yet, demands.

And that’s the main problem with a lot of résumé objectives — people don’t seem to know what they are supposed to be, and make it all about them and what they want.

The recruiter reading your résumé knows you want the job because you are applying for it, so no need to write an entire sentence about that. The same goes for, say, wanting new opportunities and challenges. So let’s file those obvious, unnecessary statements under the “duh” category and move on.

How to write a solid résumé objective

How to write a solid resume objective

Writing a solid, snappy résumé objective is easier than you might think — it’s not supposed to be much over 2-3 sentences anyway. As I mentioned before, it’s supposed to be an:

  • introduction of you as a candidate,
  • highlighting your strengths
  • and showing that you are good to go.

Even if you have not had a whole lot of experience, a well-written résumé objective can succeed at grabbing a recruiter’s attention and interest.

But enough theory — you probably want to just see how it’s done.
Wish granted!

Résumé statement examples for different professions

Take a look at the examples below to see what a good résumé objective statement for different professions might look like.

Office Manager

Organized, enthusiastic office manager with 4 years of experience managing offices of up to 50 employees. Seeking to apply my planning and communication skills to stimulate ABC Market’s growth and expand ABC Market’s clientele.

Secretary

Reliable, enthusiastic secretary seeking to assist Food First’s CEO with the company’s international expansion. I bring 12 years of experience with managers at all levels as well as extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Customer service representative

Effective and communicative customer service representative. As head of a small team, I raised the customer satisfaction rate of my current company by 18% within a year. Looking to apply my intuitive customer service skills at an international company.

Daycare worker

Patient, caring daycare worker looking to surround Washington Special Ed Daycare charges with the care they need. My extensive knowledge of the most common learning disabilities and completed Parent Communication Course will allow me to be an invaluable member of the WSE Daycare team.

Nurse

Patient, compassionate licensed RN with experience working in high-stress environments and frequent positive feedback. Seeking to apply my skills in patient care and record-keeping to improve St. Mary’s Hospital patient satisfaction and gain experience with end-stage care.

Bank teller

Reliable and effective employee with 3 years of experience in both consumer and private banking. Looking to apply my detailed knowledge of EBANQ, Banksense, and Keybank software to offer Lion Bank’s clients world-class service. 

Waiter/waitress

Friendly and energetic waitress with extensive experience in both small cafés and fine dining restaurants. In 2019, I was chosen employee of the month 4 months in a row for my ability to advise guests on their choice of wine and apéritifs. Looking to help raise Jaque’s prestige with my attentive serving skills and good work ethic.

IT engineer

Diligent and perceptive IT specialist seeking to support the CodeIT team with my extensive knowledge of C++ and Java. Obtained an average quality grade of 96% three years in a row and delivered all of my tasks before the deadline.

Copywriter Internship (no work experience)

Highly-motivated, creative English major seeking to apply my penmanship skills to polish Country Living’s blog and attract more traffic to the website. Won prestigious Short Story of the Year competition at my alma mater, King’s College.

Resume objective: Do’s and don’ts

It’s always easy to make a mistake, but when you’ll be getting all of 6 seconds to make an impression, it is especially crucial not to. So before you send off that résumé, take a quick look at this short list of do’s and don’ts to make sure you avoided the most common ones.

Resume objective - Do’s and don’ts

Do:

  • Customize
    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: customization is key. Nobody wants to find out they got the exact same gift as literally everyone else, and the same goes for recruiters reading résumé objectives. If you want a hiring manager to pick you, you have to show them that you put some thought into picking their company to apply to, too.
  • Use sentences
    You probably know this by now just from reading the examples I put above, but just as a reminder: a résumé objective is not supposed to be a collection of impersonal bullet points
  • Keep it short and sweet
    Yes, I know I just told you to write full sentences, but two things can be true at once! And rambling wastes space, simple as that. A résumé is not an essay. There is a time and a place for writing a little more about yourself, and that place is the cover letter. Check out my guide to find out how to write a good cover letter to find out how to perfectly complement the information in your résumé. 

Don’t:

  • Open with something like “Dear hiring manager”.
    This is not a letter, this is a résumé. As I mentioned above, if you need help writing a cover letter, I’d be happy to help, so check out my guide here
  • Be too general.
    Be specific about your achievements. Saying your results were “good” or doesn’t really mean anything. If you have a specific achievement to boast about, do it, but don’t waste space on vagueries
  • Avoid clichés and buzzwords.
    Yes, we know you are a hardworking, fast-learning go-getter and great team player who loves thinking out of the box. By the way, the nineties called, and they want their résumé objective back. Jeez.
  • Go overboard with the adjectives.
    Remember: a good résumé statement is supposed to be short and sweet, and the amount of room you have is limited. And that’s why your résumé statement should not contain a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious number of superfluous words.

    Not to mention that a thicket of adjectives obscuring any point is tedious and annoying — and those are 2 adjectives you would never want a recruiter to use to describe you!
  • Exaggerate.
    This point is something of an extension of the earlier one. You want to sell yourself, sure, but there’s a difference between presenting yourself in a positive light and making it sound like you saved your previous company single-handedly. The line between confidence and arrogance and narcissism is a thin one — make sure you are on the right side of it.

Checked all the right boxes? Great! Looks like you are ready to write your own résumé objective now.

See you in the next one!

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Joanna Ryś

Joanna Ryś

Sourcing Specialist

Joanna Ryś

Sourcing Specialist

Joanna has 8 years of experience in the recruitment industry, and currently works as the Chief Strategist for Sourcing in the EMEA area at HAYS. Microsoft, Rolls Royce Aerospace, Abbott, AB Inbev are several companies from the...portfolio of clients with whom it has cooperated, and its tasks include defining strategies for obtaining candidates in Europe, independent management of recruitment tools, monitoring the rate of return on investment, implementing initiatives from the area of Employer Branding into processes recruitment and data analysis. Sharing knowledge and discussions about working with candidates is her passion, which is why she eagerly creates new training programs, conducts postgraduate classes, organizes workshops with students of Krakow universities, employees of her company and free students from various social organizations. Passionate about computer games and socioeconomic issues.