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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:
Ready? Let’s do this!
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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
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.
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:
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.
Take a look at the examples below to see what a good résumé objective statement for different professions might look like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Checked all the right boxes? Great! Looks like you are ready to write your own résumé objective now.
See you in the next one!