Your resume objective is the first part of the resume and appears just below your name and address. It’s the first thing – after your cover letter – that a potential employer will read. So you want it to be good.
The purpose of your objective statement and/or career summaryis to get your interviewer to read further. After all, if your objective statement doesn’t capture their attention, then nothing else will. You will lose your chance for an interview with that company. So your objective statement should follow these three rules really well.
- Must be brief. One paragraph max. If you use a bullet list to make your statement, make each bullet single sentences or phrases and do no more than 3-5. Keep it short.
- Centered on the benefit of the employer in hiring you. Don’t use “I” statements and don’t tell what you want. Present your statement so that the interviewer sees himself or herself benefiting from you working for them.
- Concise. Make your objective statement express precisely what you hope to achieve.
A good objective statement does all three of these things well. Take a look at some sample resume objective statements to see how others have written theirs. Pay particular attention to the language and the style of each objective statement.
For instance, take a look at Savannah Varner’s entry level resume. See how she starts with a statement that tells specifically what position she is seeking, then follows that up with her strongest skills. A potential employer can see right off the bat what Savannah has to offer.
When you write your resume objective statement, keep these three things in mind: Brevity, Benefits, Conciseness.