How to Write Resume Objective Statement
Writing objective statements can be one of the most challenging
parts of creating an effective resume. Below you'll find some
strategies and options to help you make the most of yours.
What is an Objective Statement?
Immediately below the top section of a resume (containing your name,
address, etc.), there is usually a short section with one of these
headings: "objective," "professional objective," "resume capsule,"
or "career goals." Most often the objective statement includes 1-3
line of text, summarizing the position(s) you are applying for
and/or your main qualifications. While some writers choose to use a
sentence format, many objective statements are simply descriptive
phrases with minimal punctuation.
Why Write an Objective Statement?
Objective statements improve your resume by helping you
- *emphasize your main qualifications and summarize them for
- *inform your readers of the position(s) you are seeking and your
- *establish your professional identity
Tailoring for Your Audience
To improve your chances for success, it's always a good idea to tailor
your objective statement (as well as your whole resume and cover letter)
to particular organizations and/or positions. This means, for example,
calling a position by the name the company uses to describe it. You
might even indicate the organization's name in your statement. Strive to
match your qualifications with those desired by the organization. If you
are unsure what your resume's readers will be looking for, you'll need
to do some research to give your objective statement a competitive edge.