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What Should You Include in Your Career Objective on Your Resume?

by Tricia Goss

Each space on your resume is a precious commodity, as that single document may be your only shot at the job of your dreams. Of that information, your objective is the section that tells potential employers why you are the ideal person for the job. Knowing the type of information to use can make your resume even more attractive.

Keep It Brief

Employers often receive more resumes than they can possibly read, so they may flip through a stack and skim the objective statements to find those they deem worth studying. Limit your career objective to only one or two sentences filled with important details. Practice "tight" writing, which means removing unnecessary words. For instance, you could trim, "I am seeking a position as a front desk receptionist" to "Seeking receptionist position," allowing the reader to comprehend your objective more quickly.

Focus on the Employer

When employers consider applicants, their primary concern is how well candidates meet the business's needs. Rather than telling a potential employer what you want out of a job, explain how your skills and experience could benefit the company. Avoid sentences with "me," "my" or "I," and ensure that your statement centers on the employer. For instance, avoid statements such as, "Administrative position in which I can learn new skills" and use sentences such as, "Administrative position that fosters a successful sales team" instead.

Highlight Your Skills

Along with informing employers what you will do for them, you should also explain how you will achieve those goals by discussing some relevant experience, abilities or education. You can divulge this information without lengthy details, as the employer can discover more in the body of your resume. For instance, you might state, "A CSR position in which knowledge of multiple insurance software applications and outstanding customer service skills will help the business grow."

Match the Job Description

Tailoring your career objective to the specific position you are applying for shows that you are serious about the job and you pay attention to detail. Note keywords in the employment advertisement, and work them into your objective. In addition, you may want to include the business name, the job title and other particulars, such as "Seeking office manager position in a real estate setting in which bookkeeping and payroll skills and experience managing personnel files will help the office run more smoothly."

About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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