“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask
what you can do for your country.”
JFK, January 1961.
When you write your resume objective statement, it helps to consider the employer
and that famous quote above as a base: 'Ask not what your employer can do for you
– ask what you can do for your employer'. Answer that question and you can write
a good resume objective. If you can combine the employer needs with the job you
want, even better.
Having an objective statement in your resume is optional, but if you choose to use
one, a well thought through and written objective statement can reap an advantage.
It’s particularly important if you are just out of education and have little work
history, or changing direction or careers and want to show how your experience can
benefit an employer.
An objective statement can be as simple as a summary of the work you are seeking,
such as a job title, or can be more expansive and also focus on what the employer
is looking for. Think of it in marketing terms: if you employ me, these are the
benefits you will get. Be truthful.
Writing an expansive objective statement is not easy, so be prepared. Before you
begin to write it, search for answers in the job description. Ask yourself 'How
do I fit? What are my areas of expertise that will make me useful to this employer?'
and write down your answers on a piece of paper first, not your resume.
Research the company that you are applying to, ask the same questions and make notes
of the answers for those too. If you do your research well, you will avoid the most
common mistake when writing objective statements: fluffy or generalized objective
statements will be ignored as they don’t give the reader any valid information.
Now ask yourself 'Who would make the ideal person for this position in this company?'
Summarize your answers, and then write them up in short, snappy sentences. Keep
doing this and save your results. Get a person you know and trust to read them,
and then decide which ones to use and put into your resume.
Keep your resume objective to just a few short sentences.
If you are not applying for a specific position, you still need to do your research
and then write an objective statement that fits the company.
Keep a standard resume (only use it when you are not applying for a specific position),
then change it for each position you apply for, saving the new resume each time
using the name of the employer and the position you applied for. Then you can refer
to your specific resume before you go for interview.
Resume objective examples:
'Purchasing Manager successful at reducing costs and increasing quality of goods
and services bought.'
'Transition to and establish a career in teaching.'
'Graduate and pursue a career in accounting.'
'Elementary School Teacher'