Your Resume Objective

The resume objective should include your strengths, interests and want to present yourself as the idea candidate.

The resume objective or professional summary is one of the most important parts a resume. 

The objective is something which must be done very carefully as it is the opening statement which you make after listing your contact details -- it should be focused to the opportunity that you are applying to.

Think of it almost as a heading or sub-heading to your's okay to be a little ambitious, but too much!

When writing an objective statement, think of how headlines are constructed in newspapers.  They are designed to catch the readers eye and draw interest to the article.

What is a Resume Objective?

A resume objective is used to illustrate your career goals.  It gives the employer or recruiter a sense of who you are, and what your aspirations are in your career.  For those of us over 50, its also an opportunity to answer that, "why would you want this position?" or "Your over qualified" - instead let me show you how to use this in your favor and NO!, a resume objective is NOT outdated and is NOT a waste of space once you master writing it.

The resume objective statement is normally placed after your name, educational qualifications and contact details.

4 Tips to Writing a Great Objective

Keep it short and simple (KISS principle) - Get to the point, it need not be a wordy statement or long winded thesis.  Remember the newspaper headline or book cover examples.  You want to grab their attention and draw them in, but not give away the full story.

Show your strengths - By aligning to and calling-out strengths that you have to what the employer is advertising and looking for increases interest dramatically.

Show that you are a team playerAvoid stating too many 'I's, and focus on your willingness to be a team player. Employers want people who can work well within a team. Individual performers are good, but people who can motivate and work with others on a team are in higher demand.

The objective states your career goals -- Which needs to parallel those of the organization to which you are applying to since it is one of the first places the employer gets to hears your voice...and gets to get a feel for your career objectives and see how they may or may not align with the corporate agenda and culture...In short, it is your first effort to win over the employer and get them interested in you.

Three Examples of Great Objectives

Communications graduate with proven communication, travel planning, and email management skills. Seeking a position as a Marketing associate at WXYZ Inc., to leverage create and research skills to support internal and external communication.

Passionate Accounting Manager, CPA with 15+ years of experience, seeking to increase profitability for (list the company your applying to). At The ABC Group, slashed costs by 32% in 6 months by implementing peer review and approval processes - which resulted in a reduction of waste by 65% with a new Enterprise Resource System. Skilled in interpersonal communications, team building and business process improvement and workflow efficiencies.

Licensed RN with five years emergency room experience seeking to strengthen patient care at XYZ Hospital through proven skills in triage, daily care, and problem solving. Achieved 38% increase in patient satisfaction at Clifton Urgent Care, and 98% positive preceptor evaluations.

The Four Mistakes to Avoid in Writing a Resume Objective

  · Incomplete sentences – Be clear and lucid in your thoughts 

  · Over thinking itIf you get stuck, take a break, and then return to the objective later

  · Exaggerate - don't over represent yourself as being larger than what you are and can deliver

   ·Neglect writing one - it speaks volumes about you and the kind of job you think is right for you

The Final Note

Write clearly and to the point, boring statements with unclear objectives turn-off most readers. 

Be specific and let them know that you are focused and not an amateur, let your maturity show, and it's ok to be bold, but again you want to come across as a great asset and team player and not flag waving a know-it-all!

What's on your mind? Is there something specific I can help you with?

This site's success will hinge on me helping you solve problems. For those of us over 50, we face more challenges than others younger than us when competing for jobs and getting doors to open.

I invite you all to share your stories of challenge and successes. We all can learn from those who have faced the same challenges. The idea here is to help and be helped - so please add your comment or insight!

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