When you can’t give your potential employer a handshake and straight-shoot about why you’re a perfect match for the position, your resume objective comes in far handier than some think. No one really explains the breakdown of a resume and why things like the objective are important when we’re growing up, so let’s make up for some lost time.
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First and foremost, a resume objective is your introduction to the hiring manager. The driving points of a resume objective are to give yourself the opportunity to stand out, and to show that you’re driven in your career goals. There are a few important things to know about an objective:
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It’s easy to think that a resume objective is just something to fill space on your resume. However, we’ve already sorted that it’s pretty important. So, how do you fill that space in the best way you can? Do you focus entirely on your personal life, or your career life, or is it a combination? There are a few elements potential employers look for in a good resume objective:
1) It might come as a challenge to show ambition such a small space, but it’s more than doable! Showing yourself in your writing is easy with the right keywords. Words like “driven” “enthusiastic” and “eager” are all buzzwords that will grab attention. Imparting that you’re excited about the opportunities that come with the company is key. However, be mindful to avoid using everyday filler words like “excited” or “happy.” You want to come across as professional but not static or stale. “I am very driven towards my goals involving this phenomenal company and eager for the chance to grow together,” reads much better than “I’m excited for the chance to work with you and happy that I can explain why I’m a good fit.”
2) What do you want to do in your career field? What are you pushing for, or what position do you want to see yourself holding in the future? Your career goal may be a simple statement of “I want to be the best in my field, period.” It may be more heartfelt or specific in that, “I want to achieve -blank- in hopes that I can help people.” Your potential employer wants to know what your goals in your career are, no matter what field you’re in. Even a small glimpse into what gets you up and moving in the morning can help them decide. In the end, they need to decide if your goal is in-line with the many company goals. Regardless if it’s a business driven or a heartfelt personal goal, put your best foot forward in your resume objective. “I’d like to be the best in my field.” While short and sweet, “I find myself motivated to strive to be the top -blank- in my field” relays passion and drive while making the same statement.
3) At the end of the day, the only people we’re working for is ourselves. Be it at a massive corporation or a mom ‘n pop shop, we choose a career so we can take care of ourselves and the things we choose to surround ourselves with. Therefore, this being the fact for everyone, employers will look to see how much you’ve put into the company already. They want to know if you’ve looked into what they do, or similarly what they stand for. Furthermore, they like to know that your objectives are on par with theirs. If they aren’t, why would it be a good fit for either of you? All it takes is a few minutes perusing the company’s website and you’ll have all you need.
Stating the company’s name in your resume objective is key. It showcases that you know what they’re looking for. Seeing a name they’re familiar, as a result, with will catch their eye whether they realize it or not. So, locating their company goals, or their main export, business, etc will help considerably. It will show that you can word your career goal to match their company goal if it applies. Remember, they want to hire who stands out for themselves and holds true to their goals. Above all, they do not want someone who is all verbal fluff.
4) This part speaks for itself, and while is entirely important in a resume objective, it’s important in the entire resume. Something as simple as a misplaced comma or an “e” before an “i” in the spot can make your resume go from being read to being tossed into a “no” pile. For that reason, there are grammar and punctuation services and applications that you can find on the web to help assure your resume is tip-top. So, make sure to use all the spell check or grammar services that you can. Everyone makes that joke about the S.A.T’s, right? “Make sure to spell your name right, it’s worth a few hundred points!” Pretend that joke applies to every part of your resume objective. Do double check your name is spelled right on your resume, just in case!
At the end of the day, you are you and that’s who they want to see. Employers want an impressive resume and they want to read a resume objective that makes them think twice, but they want real people. People who can add to their company rather than a mindless drone. People who can find comfort, growth, and coexistence inside of their business. Your resume objective might only be five lines, but it can speak a million words to the right employer. Keep these things in mind as you navigate the world of potential employment and you might find the ride more effortless than you expected.