To get what you want in your career - or life, for that matter - you’ve got to know where you want to be. This is even truer when you are embarking on a job hunt.
How can you expect a hiring manager to help place you in the role you want, if you don’t outline exactly where you want to get to?
To create your high-impact resume, you need to know what you want to accomplish. What’s your career objective? Can you write a resume that conveys the experience, skills and training that best serve your overall professional aspirations?
If a hiring manager can’t easily see what you career goals are, they’re not going to waste time trying to figure out it - they’ll just move on to the next resume.
Do you need an 'objective' section?
Basically, your resume needs to include a career goal, but whether you refer to it as an “objective” section is up to you. You can include your overall goals in your cover letter instead, if you feel this flows better and is more in line with your resume design and feel.
For example, you might say something like:
“Talented and dependable, I am a trained secretary who is skilled in all aspects of office management within nonprofit environments. With more than seven years’ experience working with some of the world’s biggest nonprofits, I am aiming to join [enter company here] to lend my expertise and organisational skills to the CEO as he builds his personal brand in the industry.”
This summary objective is specific, detailed and gives a good overview. It states “this is who I am and why you should hire me” rather than “this is who I want to be when I grow up”.
When you build your resume on Monster, you can use the Objective field to present this summary.
When is a formal 'objective' required?
If you are switching careers or are a young entry-level worker, you should consider adding this objective to ensure you goals are clearly defined. Your work history alone might not be enough to truly convey why someone should hire you from a different field or with little relevant experience.
If you're targeting a particular position, add a formal objective statement and reference the job opening. The hiring manager will see you took time to customize your resume and that the opportunity is important to you.
Resume Objective Examples
For Career Changers:
“Accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits administration in an entry-level human resources position. Extremely motivated for a career change, with relevant experience that translates effectively to your company’s HR division.”
“Dedicated CIS graduate pursuing a help desk support position.”
When Targeting a Specific Position:
“Elementary teacher for ABC School District.”
Tips for Writing Your Own Objective Statement:
● Focus on how you would benefit the employer, not on how the employer would benefit you. Stay away from objectives that state your working preferences, such as "seeking a team-oriented environment that fosters professional development."
● Don't be vague. Steer clear of statements that say nothing substantial about your career goal (e.g. "seeking a challenging position with potential for growth and advancement").
● Keep it concise and targeted. Hiring managers sort through hundreds to thousands of resumes to fill one job opening. Make it easy on them by keeping your objective short and to the point. The best objectives contain a desired job title or target.
● If you have more than one career goal, create a different resume version for each objective. Remember, you can store multiple resumes on Monster!
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