Objective writing can be a tricky business from start to finish. What do you say in them? How do you know what to include?
1. DON’T be too general. Sometimes people make the mistake of being too general in their statements — it’s easy to put down “Career oriented professional seeks full-time employment”, but what does that really say about you? Use your objective statement to set yourself aside from other applicants. Include specifics whenever possible (but don’t get TOO lengthy!) especially when applying for a particular position.
2. DON’T regurgitate what’s already in your cover letter. Your cover letter should whet the appetite of your prospective employer and give them reason to keep reading, while your objective statement should be a quick blurb about you and what you seek to get out of your job search. Again, keep it short and sweet and tailor it to a specific position if at all possible.
3. DO have someone else read it. Firstly, that friend, family member, etc. can help ensure your resume is typo and spelling-error free. But secondly, they can also tell you if your objective statement is an appropriate reflection of you. Knowing you and what kind of past work experience you’ve had and what you’re looking for, they’ll be in a position to judge if you’re giving yourself the credit you deserve.
4. DO be honest. Honesty is always the best policy. Not much work experience to back up your decision to apply for a particular job? Use that. Add in that you’re looking to gain experience and grow with the position. Some opportunities require that previous experience, but others may be more flexible. The silver lining is that you’ll be challenged and invested in your new position, as opposed to someone that’s been doing it for years and find it to be old hat.
5. DO brainstorm. Still having trouble pinning down the perfect objective statement for your resume? Try a brainstorming session. Write down all of your skills and experience on one side, and your career goals on the other. Connect the ones that make the most sense to give you some bare bones to start with–you’ll get keywords to use and hopefully some perspective on your career objective!