Writing Job Objectives
There are two reasons for including an objective on your resume:
The ideal resume and objective are tailored to a specific position and employer.
The savvy job seeker modifies a resume to emphasize different skills and experience
for different opportunities. The myth that one resume will do for all positions is
just that, a myth. Remember you can change your job objective each time you print a resume to more closely align
with the position for which you are applying.
- To show that there is a match between the kind of work
you are seeking and the position being offered.
- To clearly state your job target for the employer who needs
assurance that you have clear goals. Potential employers may be
hesitant to take a risk on a candidate who is unsure of his or her career direction.
There are several types of objectives from which to choose:
A simple statement of a professional position
- Programmer Analyst, Biologist, Graphic Designer, Wellness Coordinator, News Reporter, Youth Counselor.
- A statement reflecting your functional area of interest.
A statement which notes your functional skills and may include preference
for a particular sector of employment, size of organization, and/or geographic
- A position in food systems management
- An internship in Human Resources
- A position in fashion merchandising.
An administrative position utilizing fundraising and public relations skills.
A marketing position with an emphasis on research.
- A fundraising position within a Western New York not-for-profit organization.
SOME TIPS FOR WRITING OBJECTIVES
Be specific! A vague objective makes you appear unfocused.
Avoid the use of trite terms, such as:
(To understand why, put yourself in an employer's place. They read hundreds
of resumes. It can safely be assumed that each candidate is seeking
a situation that can be described by the phrases above.
State only one functional area, e.g., Marketing as a single objective.
Do not state "Marketing or Finance." You will need to create a different resume for each stated job objective.
Make your objective "work-centered" rather than "self-centered." An employer needs to know that the organization
will benefit from hiring you. They don't particularly care to know how they can help you.
Don't count on your cover letter to do the work of an objective. Cover letters and
resumes are frequently separated by employers who are overwhelmed with paper. As
a result, employers will be unclear as to which position you are applying for if your
job objective is not stated clearly on your resume.
- "an entry-level position"
- "a challenging and interesting position"
- "opportunity for advancement"
- "dealing with people"
- "a progressive organization"
Education Majors, take note
Job objectives are replaced by certification; therefore write out your certification and avoid using the traditional job
objective. For example:
Candidate for New York State Initial Certification in Secondary English Education (7-12)
NYS Certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with Middle Childhood Education, English (Grades 7-9)