How to Write a Great Objective Statement on Your Resume

A career objective statement is so often simply stated on the resume as “statement.” It is your opportunity to state your career goals. Now this may sound simple. We know your objective and that is to get a great job that pays well and keeps you challenged and interested.

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In actual practice this may be the most difficult part of the resume to craft. It should be limited to one or two sentences and you need to present your professional expertise, expectations from the job and the organization to which you are applying.

Not so simple now, is it?

It is usually considered a mistake to not include an objective.;people believe that the objective is obvious. The objective is to get the job you are applying for. This only seems obvious.

Now look at the objective from the employer’s point of view. They may have a stack of resumes and all of the people who have provided them have the same unspoken objective. They want the job for which the interviewer is hiring. They need to know what a person is looking for so they can know whether to move you forward in the process.

You need an objective statement that will get you an interview!

Do not include an objective statement that does not actually state your goals and your qualifications. An example of this type of statement would be: To find a position that is challenging where I can utilize my experience.” There is nothing specific in this statement and doesn’t say anything about professional growth.

Do not use generic statements like the one above. It will hurt you and they never help. This type of statement will leave the employer with the impression that you have no specific goals in mind.

Okay, so now we know some things to avoid, what should we actually do? Remember, the goal here is to get that interview.

The statement needs to be as personal as possible. Actually, the resume is nothing more that a sales tool. The career objective is your opening statement. Your statement needs set you apart from the other applicants. You need to decide what you want and state it in a positive and powerful statement.

Your objective should express your commitment to your career goal. If you don’t know what you want, how is your employer supposed to be convinced that you really want the job they are offering? They need to believe that you are not applying just to get away from your current position. Do not hesitate to express your wants from both the job and the organization.

So, even though you have stated your objective you need to convince the employer that you are willing to do what needs to be done to achieve this goal. Say what you intend to do to get where you want to go.

One of the most important aspects of your career objective is to be specific about what you are looking for in a work environment. “Challenging” doesn’t mean a thing to the employer. Everyone has a different idea of “challenging.” Don’t use generic terms or terms that tend to be broad. Just tell them what you want and what you will do to get it.

So, having learned what to do, let’s revise the above statement into a dynamic and usable objective. Now, we can tell them what we want.

“My objective is to obtain a position as a Customer Service Representative in the telecommunications industry where I can use my management and customer relation skills, with the opportunity for performance-based advancement.”

Now, the employer knows what kind of position you want and what experience you have to qualify for the position. They also know that you are interested in career advancement.

Use this type of career objective statement to get you the interview that will get you the job.