Tips on Writing an Effective Resume Objective

Writing a resume need not be a difficult task.  However, some job seekers may find the task challenging.  Will this be your first time to create one?  If yes, this article discusses key points that you should remember in creating a resume.

A traditional resume includes an objective statement.  This is the first line that immediately follows after the heading.  What is an effective resume objective?  An effective objective should be concise, straight-to-the-point and convincing.

Needless to say, the primary reason why you are sending a resume is because you want to get hired for the job.  Thus, some experts believe that an objective statement is not necessarily, unless the company you are applying for has advertised vacancies for different positions.  In this case, you should include an object vie to define the exact position you are applying for.

Avoid using terms or phrases which could send a negative impression to a potential employer.  For example, an objective that says: “seeking a position for career advancement” may send out the impression that in case you get hired, you have no plan of staying with the company for a long time.  An employer who looking is for a permanent employee may doubt your intent and thus may prefer other candidates who seem to be more reliable.

You can also use the objective statement to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.  For instance, you may have accomplished feat from your previous job experience which makes you a competent candidate.

Is the company looking for people with job experience?  If you have been working for a relevant position for a long time, you should definitely include the number of years in your objective statement.  Don’t forget to capitalize on your strengths and highlight it in your objective.

Let’s say for instance that you have been working as a Search Engine Optimization specialist for three years.  Therefore, your objective statement can be: “A position where I can use my SEO skills and three years of experience in optimizing search engines.”  This kind of objective will surely make an impact to a potential employer who is in need of an SEO specialist with experience.

But what if you do not have experience on the field and yet the job ad requires a candidate who has an experience in the position?   In this case, you may want to leave out the objective statement or you can still focus on your strongest points.  For example, your objective can be: To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong organizational skills, educational background, and ability to work well with people.

Always begin your resume with a strong point.  If you lack work experience, don’t start your resume with this section.  If you are a fresh grad, you can highlight your achievements as a college student, on-the-job training experiences, relevant seminars or workshops you have attended, or volunteer work you completed.  Remember, there’s no need to include irrelevant details or information which can magnify your weak points.

Updated: October 27, 2011 — 8:58 am

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