Do you need a Professional Resume Objective?



What is a professional resume objective?

A professional resume objective is a short statement at the top of a resume that names the title of the job the resume is targeted for.

An effective objective is a short and powerful statement that tells the reader the most important thing they want to know from your resume… WIIFT (What’s In It For Them).

Why does it tell them WIIFM rather than what you are looking for in a job? It does this because Employers need to know quickly how you can help them.

To be blunt, an employer is not particularly interested in your career advancement or what you want from a job.

They might have some interest in your career development but this not their first concern. What they really need to know is that you are the person who can meet their needs.

An effective professional resume objective is a short statement that, if it works, will give your resume the attention it deserves.

When should you use an objective?

Use a professional resume objective when you are targeting a particular job. This helps you to connect the dots between your skills and experience and an employer's needs. It basically says “This is what I have to offer and it matches exactly what your job description says you need.”

Who should use an objective?

- Candidates with only one year or two of work experience
- Applicants for Entry Level jobs and recent graduates should use resume objectives because they give focus to a resume that shows little work experience
- Career changers who might use an objective to show what they can add to an organization even if they lack directly relevant experience
- Mothers returning to the work world who need to present a strong case based on their experience
- Candidates with very diverse work experience could use an objective to give their resume focus
- Students applying for internships or trainee jobs could use an objective to highlight what they offer an organization despite their having little work experience
- Candidates submitting a resume for a specific job listing. In this case, you would add the job title along with the job code or job number from the listing.

It’s a common practice to have several different versions of a resume that are targeted for different jobs so you could use a resume objective to help you keep track of the different resume versions.

When should you NOT use an objective?

You don't always need a resume objective because using a specific job target might exclude you from consideration for jobs that don’t have the same title.

It’s better to not use a resume objective on a resume you will use at a career fair because you may be applying for different jobs with different job titles. You might have several versions that include job titles if you plan to apply for different jobs.

One drawback to not having an objective is that a busy employer might pass over a resume lacking an objective because it’s not clear what job you’re applying for.

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How NOT to write an objective statement

Don’t add pointless, “fluff” comments like these to an objective.
...to obtain a responsible and challenging position….seeking a position with an opportunity for advancement…seeking a challenging career…seeking a chance for advancement … where I can grow… where I can further my career… etc.

Statements like these will turn the reader off because they are focused on your needs rather than theirs.

Again, the reader really isn’t interested in your goals or career development; they’re interested in knowing what you can do for them. Don’t waste their time with fluff, get to the point by telling them what you can do for them.

Important points about professional resume objective statements

- Objective statements need to be clear and concise
- They should create a focus for the resume that tells the reader how all of the following information fits. This is particularly true for the job changer whose resume might not show a logical job progression
- Objective statements should always reflect the employer's perspective and needs and what a jobseeker can contribute and how they can add value to an organization
- It’s always possible to discuss your objective in a cover letter if you don’t have one on your resume

What should be in a professional resume objective?

An ideal resume objective statement targets a particular position and the specific needs of an employer.

Here are some resume objective examples:

An objective for a job from a job listing that has a job code or similar identification number

General Manager, Job Code tt8879789

Entry-level positions

- A position in Customer Service where my excellent communication skills can help to improve profitability
- A Data Entry position where spreadsheet development and troubleshooting skills can improve efficiency
- Account Executive trainee at XXXXX Corporation

Here are some examples of resume objectives for a Career Changer

- Assistant Engineer position where construction knowledge and mechanical aptitude would contribute to profitable operation
- Technical Trainer position where equipment experience and customer contact success could be duplicated with company trainees

Other Examples of Good Professional Resume Objectives

- Senior Management position where my expertise in project management, human relations, and staff recruitment and retention can improve operations and profitability
- Design Engineering position where my experience would improve…
- Sales position where my networking and relationship building skills will increase sales revenues
- A Graphic Design position where advanced graphic and creative skills will produce a quality product for agency customers

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