Resume Objective or Job Objective

It surprises me how many job hunters continue to use an Objective Statement to begin their resumes. I know this because I offer free resume assessments - I have likely seen thousands!

The trained writer in me knows that using a statement that shares an objective begins on the wrong note. Why? Simply because if you fill out that Objective Statement into a sentence, you would say "My objective is..." and as you've likely heard, it's not about you, it's about what you offer that the employer needs. Significant, if subtle distinction. (The trained writer in me knows that your resume must answer the "what's in it for me" marketing mantra.)

Allow me to clarify - do you need an objective? Yes, of course - you need to know your objective. Without a goal, you don't know where you're going and you won't likely get there! You need to have an end goal in mind.

But your resume's goal is to land an interview and its focus is on proving that yes, you can do a specific job.

A focused, targeted, highly specific resume lands more interviews, far more interviews, than a wishy-washy, non-specific, "I can do anything" sort of resume. You know you can't do "everything," and so does the recruiter. The recruiter is trained to look for resumes that fit a specific profile for a specific job with specific skills, knowledge, training, personal attributes etc.

How, you ask, do you write such a resume?

Rather than beginning your resume with an objective, begin it with a headline, i.e. the job title applied to. And now, with each line you type, make sure that its content is in some way proving you have the skills, knowledge and personal attributes needed in that role. Simple, yes; easy, not always. Takes training to do. And yes, you can train yourself with lots of self-study, or many courses. Not your cup of tea? That's where I come in! This is my cup of tea and I love what I do. Call me when you're serious about making a change. Working to your career success, Stephanie