How to Write a Perfect Resume Objective

Objective achieved.
Objective achieved. | Source

What is a Resume Objective?

Composing a meaningful Resume Objective - or objective startement - can be a road block to completing the remainder of a resume, especially on the first resume a new job seeker prepares.

From time to time, professional resume writers counsel their clients not to use Objectives on any type of resume. However, an objective is highly useful if a job seeker is looking for a career change. The Objective in this case can be used to show how the worker's skills and achievments can transition directly and fruitfully into a new Career Field. For the new college graduate, the Objective explains in short order exactly what type of position the job seeker is pursuing and often, where. In some types of resumes, a longer Profile or Executive Sumamry may be needed instead of an Objective or even with an Objective.

The key word in is MEANINGFUL. The composition of this objective statement can be very challenging, because many people simply do not know what to include in the statement. These indidivuals sometimes resort to over-used objectives given them by friends, sample resumes, or out-of-date resume preparation books.

Indeed, the effective Objective must be:

  1. Specific - including the position you seek and your relevent qualifications,
  2. Meaningful - not just an empty phrase or sentence,
  3. Composed with proper grammar and spelling,
  4. Illustrate clearly your Personal brand, and
  5. Include what you can do for the potential employer.

It may also include your own goals, but not at the expense of highlighting your outstanding potential contritbutions to your new boss.

The Objective should not be trite, fawning, arrogant, incoherent, overly long or too simplistic.

Objective as Signpost

An Objective is like a signpost that leads the new employer to the right professional for the job! The job seeker must paint an effective sign. (barunpatro on Sxc.hu)
An Objective is like a signpost that leads the new employer to the right professional for the job! The job seeker must paint an effective sign. (barunpatro on Sxc.hu)
A clear Objective will lead employers to you like a street sign. (linder6580 on Sxc.hu).
A clear Objective will lead employers to you like a street sign. (linder6580 on Sxc.hu).

The Objective as Haiku

Writing an Objective is a little like writing a Haiku poem -- It should be brief, but contain substantial information in meaning-packed words.

Tailor your Objective and your entire Resume and Cover Letter to specific companies and agencies - even to specific job openings. Keep a Master Resume as a template that you can pull up and change quickly as you need targeting adjustments for different positions.

Use NAMES -- Names like specific Job Titles, Industries or Industry Clusters, and Career Fields.

Match your most relevant qualifications to those required by a specific company or agency in a Job Title and/or Industry. Take time to research the company well enough to learn what is required by the company culture and the job title in which you are interested. In this way, you can perform a proper matching of your qualificatons with company requirements in your Objective.

(Sxc.hu)
(Sxc.hu)
A meaningless Objective will fall flat (Sxc.hu).
A meaningless Objective will fall flat (Sxc.hu).

Other Designations for the Objective Statement

The Objective may be called any of these titles:

  • Objective
  • Objective Statement
  • Career Objective
  • Personal Profile
  • Professional Profile
  • Profile
  • Professional Goal

or my favorite -

  • Professional Purpose

The titles of Career Objective, Professional Profile, and especially Professional Purpose help to establish the job seeker as a person that is serious about doing good work, exceeding standards, making a difference in the world, and developing a strong, recognizable Personal Brand and Professional Personalty.

Placement and Samples of Objectives

The Objective is a signpost for "For Sale Sign" one places immediately below the copntact information listed at the top of a resume. An effective Objective will sell you to the person reading th ersume and make them want to know more. For example, the top of the first page of a successful resume might look like this:

RANDALL SMITH

________________________________________________________________

12345 Oak St., City, US State Zip Code * (123) 456-7890 * smithpro@ex_ail.com

OBJECTIVE: To secure a responsible position as a Network Systems Administrator with a leading American corporation or agency and contribute my superior experience, insight and business results via continued growth, expansion and profits.

Sample Objective Statements

On a USA Federal resume, the Objective is simply:

Job Title and Vacancy Announcement Number: _______________________ (fill in the blank)

Outside of Federal resumes, some effective Objectives are the following:

Professional Profile

Committed to continuous improvement in Sales and Marketing through professionalism that consistently breaks sales and profit records. Highly organized, innovative, beats deadlines and exceeds company sales goals. Attentive to detail and follow-up, with superior written and verbal communication skills.

Profile

A success-driven professional that combines a strong Personal Brand of communication skills with uncommon success in Human Resources, Training, and Business Consulting in Information Technology to maximize client productively and profits.

Objective: A summer internship in the area of Sales and Marketing.

Career Objective

A position as a Training and Performance Specialist in the Environmental Industries. Committed to continuous improvement in ongoing performance development programs in the workplace.

Professional Goal

To secure responsible employment in Environmental Science in order to accept additional opportunities of bringing my Personal Brand of consistent business results to improving state environmental conditions.

A weak Objective tells the employer that you are a dead end. (Photos, public domain)
A weak Objective tells the employer that you are a dead end. (Photos, public domain)

Additional Examples

OBJECTIVE: To apply a demonstrated expertise and Personal Brand of top flight business results to an Administrative Management position with an Industry Leader in Automotive Manufacturing.

OBJECTIVE: To secure new opportunities to provide a superior Personal Brand of excellence to a leading company in Financial Services, Investment, Trading, Marketing, or Training.

OBJECTIVE: To secure a responsible position as a Program Officer in Youth Services and apply my expertise and demonstrated Personal Brand of success in administration and programming.

OBJECTIVE: To bring superior recognized Personal Brand of expert customer service to a leader in the Fine Dining Industry.

For a career transition:

OBJECTIVE: To provide a top Personal Brand of achievement by transferring optimum skills acquired in the military into a major company in the fields of Business Aministration, Sports Management and Recruiting, or Fitness.

For transition to the military:

OBJECTIVE

To obtain a responsible position as a SMALL ARMS REPAIR INSPECTOR with the US ARMY TACOM. To support the Small Arms Readiness and Evaluation Team (SARET) for Fielding Operations. To apply my extensive productive military experience in Small Arms to promote a continuing brand of outstanding client service in small arms and equipment inspection, maintenance, overhaul, and repair.

Poor Objective Statements

Avoid objective statements such as the following statements that have actually appeared on resumes:

An internship to permit me to utilize my skills and expertise in different areas.

To work for a friendly agency that pays high wages.

To obtain a job in sales with a company that will appreciate my skills.

To obtain a position where I can maximize my management skills, program development, and training experience while I work toward promotion..

A position as Sales Representative.

Position in Development

Objectives for New College Greaduates

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Very helpful and informative resume guidance. This should make people think about how to write that special one.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I like your visual presentation, very much!


dlhoh 8 years ago

This is a great article. Thank you! There are many people today who just do not have a career objectives.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Excellent advice, as always! :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you everyone! Slarshingels - thanks for the encouragement on the visual display - that's important to me more and more.

Eileen - yes, I hope readers can formulate distinctive Objectives with this help. At some companies, when HR reads resumes manually, if the Objective is empty or trite, the resume goes into the DISCARD pile.  I've done that myself, especially when I had 500 applications for a single position.

amy jane and dlhoh - thanks for the confirmation and visits!


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Thank you for sharing all these ideas about resume writing. This is a very useful hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks SweetiePie! Once finding that the Objective can really be pretty useful on several types of resumes, I decided that it should be put to full advantage. Folks I have written for have reported good results thus far. Thanks for you comments and visit!


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Mystic Biscuit 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Well done, Patty!

 I see lots of resumes and even college educated professionals are not always good at this skill. The quality of the resume absolutely reflects on the candidate. It is so advantageous to have a professional looking and well done resume - especially when there are ten candidates and only one opening!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

That is a wonderfully effective comment you have made, Mystic Biscuit. We can promote an effective and practical global workforce with Hub Pages. Thank you for your visit.

Cheers!


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Hazok 8 years ago from Malaysia

Thanks. very helpful as usual. ~bowing~


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you! I hope this Hub helps if you ever need a new Objective. :)


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Very helpful. I always struggle with the objective section of my resume. You have given some excellent examples, which I will try with my next resume update.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Much success to you rmr! - Let us know how it goes.


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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Patty: Wished I had come across this article when I was job hunting in the corporate world, always something to learn.

My nephew did something different, don't know if its acceptable with interviewers, but he was teaching in Thailand and added a small pic of himself in the 300 or so resumes he sent out,  as he was applying for a job back in the States. A few schools replied, but wanted a face to face interview, but another school  called, and he had a half hour job interview while in Thailand with a schoold principal in NY, and was hired right away.  The pic, I think helped besides his resume.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

If you use a picture, just do a VIDEO RESUME.

It violates the purpose of Equal Opportunity laws to place personal pictures on resumes. Although, this used to be done regularly on academic CV's for professorship positions, etc.. Once you open the can of worms about gender, sex, race, etc., etc. with a picture or by volunteering info, you can be discrimated agasint more easily without recourse. However, you nephew achieved success!


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Kevin28 8 years ago

TELL THE EMPLOYER WHAT YOU CAN BENEFIT TO THE COMPANY FIRM AND CONCISE. ALL THE BEST TO ALL :)

WELDONE PATTY, KEEP IT UP THE GOOD WORK :)


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barryrutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

good important detail. The small differences I can see would make a difference...


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greathub 8 years ago from Earth

your articles are so informative that I have started to save your pages on my PC.


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blogit2050 8 years ago from india

thanks

very useful and helping article...keep it up


christopher247 8 years ago

Woow !

Thank you for creating this great hub!

Keep up the good work!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for reading this and using the information it contains!


Goals 7 years ago

Nice hub! Good information with an excellent choice of videos to supplement your article. This information is especially timely right now with the current economic downturn and high employment. Thanks!


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ontheway 7 years ago

Resume Objective

well written, I come on , welcome to my hub


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pkoson 7 years ago

Resume Objective

Good point. I hope the rest of the Asteroidea class welcome me with five arms wide open


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MoneyCreators 7 years ago

Nice. Although I dont believe in jobs, this is useful to the people who do.


caredy 7 years ago

hi

it's so nice to know about your article. your articles are so informative and tends me to copy it to my pc. if its okay!!! hehehe....

well done patty. keep it up.


maran 7 years ago

can i get a sample resume for an engineer


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vinayezone 5 years ago from Banglore

Thank you for sharing your knowledge....it is very useful and so so informative..!


RUDHRA MURTHY 5 years ago

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pamela 5 years ago

i like the article,its very educating.keep it up


kripa singh 5 years ago

thank you..very helpful resume guidance....


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CovingtonPRS 18 months ago from Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for this very informative article.


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Patty Inglish, MS 18 months ago from North America Author

You're welcome and I hope it is useful to you! Thanks for reading.

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