Before answering whether resume objectives or career objective statements belong in your resume, let's clear up the terminology.
These terms are often confused.
Your career objective is a statement about where you are wanting to head in your career.
Should you decide to use this heading in your resume, your career objective statement must be compelling reading.
Why?...... Because this will be the first information the reader will learn about you. And.....as always, first impressions are important and lasting impressions!
Can you guess what your resume objectives might be? You're absolutely correct if you said..... "to get you an interview".
To help you decide, here are some important questions to ask yourself.
Here's the thing.....People do things for their reasons, not yours!
When the employer is deciding whether to hire you or not, they'll be asking WIFM......"What's in it for me?" They are more interested in meeting their needs, rather than yours.
Your reader, the employer, is more interested in what you can do for them in the here and now rather than how they can help you realise your ambitions for the future.
Say, for example, your real career objective is to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company within the next 10 years.
But...... you are currently at middle management level!
In this situation, where you want to be in 10 years probably won't have much to do with the employer's reason for hiring you today.
So.....if your career objective isn't relevant to the needs of the employer, think very carefully about whether to include this information in your resume.
The problem is this.......Poorly written, naive career objective statements are usually all about the ambition of the candidate.
If you absolutely must include a career objective statement in your resume, write it in terms which explain your desire, and ability, to make a difference in the employer's organisation. That approach is more likely to get you noticed!
Examples - poorly written career objective statement
Here's just two poorly written examples:
Can you spot why these are so ineffective? They are both about meeting the needs of the applicant.
Both statements are clearly telling the employer that they are more interested in having their needs met, rather than helping the employer and employing organisation with their needs.
Not exactly the best way to make a positive impression with the reader.
Your resume objective of getting an interview is more likely when:
What is the most effective type of carer objective statement?
As you probably now realise......it's where you lead the reader to conclude that there is a match between what they want in an employee, and what you, the prospective employee, is looking to do in your career.
In other words, your message needs to communicate that by helping the organisation to meet their objectives, you'll be working towards yours - your statement should communicate "Win - Win".
Think of achieving your resume objectives as a two step process - we're talking basic sales letter techniques here.
When writing your statement you will need to first attract the attention of the reader and then arouse their interest in what you have to say.
Try using this simple formula to help you to construct your resume objective statement.
Seeking a position as.. (the type of role)..in (explain, if relevant, the industry or niche where you want to work).....
where my...(describe two, perhaps three of your strongest assets - skills, knowledge, attitude)...
will contribute to.....(key words which relate to what is important to the employer - for example words like - profitability, productivity, efficiency, image or reputation, service quality, safety, cost effectiveness etc)
Seeking a position as a Training Consultant in a service based industry where my well developed instructional design and facilitation skills in Quality Service Management can be utilised to assist the organisation achieve a reputation for delivering service excellence.
The main features of the sample statement above are:
Wording your career objective statement like this helps to create an impression with the reader that your purpose is to help them.
If that connection is made, one of your resume objectives is achieved - interest in your application - which then could lead to interview invitation.
I am seeking a position in your organisation which will enable me to take the next step in my career. I'm keenly interested in learning more about the whole area of service excellence together with the opportunity to further develop my instructional design and facilitation skills.
See the difference? - This statement is all about the writer - not the reader!
If you decide to include a career objective heading and statement in your resume it has to work for you by enhancing your application.
You will fail in achieving your overall resume objective if you write a statement which is all about you. Your statement must reflect that your career interest is in helping your employer.
If you decide not to put in a career objective statement, what's the alternative?......Begin with your career profile statement.
Finally if you haven't already done so, make sure you are following the other resume guidelines that will help you write a terrific resume.
Another critical area of the resume relates to the recording of your career accomplishments or career highlights. Go to the link if you don't know which ones you will include, and if you need some suggestions about how to write about them.