Job objectives speak volumes to resume readers. On one level, objectives tell what kind of job you want; on another level, they explain what kind of workplace is important to you. Write an objective in a positive way, leaving the reader with a clear understanding of your intent for your next job. Don't try to explain your five- or 10-year career goals, but write an objective that sounds similar to the vacancy announcement.
Finding Temporary Jobs
Job seekers can write a job objective in one of many formats and place it at the beginning of their resumes. One approach is to choose the style of the objective based on one's career stage -- temporary, entry-level, mid-career or senior. If you're post-secondary school, for example, you might want an objective that helps you find temporary employment that will augment your resume. Try this example: "to manage a summer tutoring program to develop my skills as an educator of at-risk children."
Crafting Longer Statements
An objective can also take the form of a long sentence or short paragraph that includes some of your qualifications and personal attributes or indicates your preferred job duties. Here's an example of including qualifications: "mid-career sales professional seeks a regional sales position that will use my skills in presenting to large audiences." Here's a different format that describes target duties: "to obtain a full-time position in the field of marketing with a special focus on conducting focus groups and other survey research that will drive new online ad campaigns."
Your job objective could reveal the kind of environment or organizational culture you want to join. For example, a person who wants to switch mid-career to a legal job in the military could write: "to obtain a legal counsel position in a challenging environment that emphasizes national security, government accountability, personal responsibility and justice."
Some recruiters don't care about your ideal job. They want you to show how your present stage of professional development is appropriate for the position they want to fill. Don't paint a castle in the sky, but focus on the here and now with strong verbs. Here's an example: "position with international travel agency building relationships with wealthy clients and booking them on luxurious vacations according to their personal goals; where a strong background in sales and interpersonal communications will increase client loyalty. "
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