Writing your resume may or may not include writing a resume objective.
A resume objective (also called “job target” or “employment objective”) is considered to be a standard part of a resume. (Here are the 5 main parts of a resume.)
But not every job hunter writes one, and it’s an element that is a bit controversial. Some job hunters replace it with a summary statement. Some include both an objective and a summary. Some eliminate both altogether.
What should you do when you write your resume? These tips will help you get it all sorted out. But first …
It’s a brief statement that specifies the kind of position you’re seeking.
Take a sec to note an important distinction between a resume objective and a resume summary statement. Both offer information at a glance, but the kind of information they offer is different.
A resume objective points out your career direction (where you’re going – a goal). A resume summary highlights your qualifications (where you’ve been).
Big difference. And now to the important question …
Surprise! Not everybody needs one.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following, then it’s a good idea to write a resume objective.
If you answer “yes” to either of the following, then you may not need one.
If you determine that you don’t need to include a resume objective, then leave it out. Include your career goal as part of your summary statement.
But if you decide a resume objective is for you, then the following tips may help you write one like a pro.
Managers and HR professionals read hundreds of resumes. Make their job easier. Keep your resume objective short and to the point – one sentence only.
It’s a practical rule of thumb to follow as you write in order to show the employer WIIFT (What’s In It For Them): list a skill you have and how you will use it.
Here’s an example: “Dedicated and motivated engineering graduate seeking entry level assistant project manager position.” This statement lists a specific skill (you’ve got an engineering degree; you’re focused on project management) and it shows the employer how you will use it (you’re eager to work hard and get your foot in the door; you understand that your role is to assist those with more experience.)
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