Although some job seekers no longer write a career objective on their resumes because they prefer a career profile, you might write one to give yourself a voice. An objective statement explains why you're ready for a career change and what you could offer a future employer in the new occupation.
Like a TV commercial, a resume objective is a short message designed to impress your target audience. Located at the top of your resume, it's your chance to explain why you're the best candidate. If you're trying to get a sales job at a department store but you presently work as a postal service cashier, explain how this postal sales experience equips you to do well in retail. A career change objective statement highlights your transferable skills.
Targeting Your Audience
A career objective is narrowly defined so a hiring manager feels like you're talking to her and that you're worth scheduling an interview. At the same time, an objective explains honestly why this career change you want is natural and, in fact, beneficial for the employer. Describe what you want to do, what kind of organization you want to work for, where you want to be and how soon you want to begin that new position.
Fit the career objective statement to the employer, whether you're seeking a promotion in your company -- think internal candidate -- or seeking employment at an outside firm. Here's an example: "I am seeking a senior marketing representative position in a mid-sized digital marketing agency. Targeting the Manhattan area, I wish to build upon my 15 years of planning book tours for UK fiction writers. I am agreeable to telecommuting and hope to start a new job by summer's end."
Sometimes, it's the words that you omit from the objective statement that make it shine. For example, avoid the words "team player" from your resume and instead give an example of how you contributed to a team in your current or previous job. Examples are easy to follow and remember. Use the part of the statement that discusses your ideal position to indicate your readiness to start at the bottom. Employers will see you've got no experience in the field you want to enter.
- George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images
- Example of an Objective Statement
- Solicited Vs. Unsolicited Cover Letters
- Contents of a Cover Letter
- Keys to a Successful Cover Letter
- What to Say in an Interview About Why You Want Another Job or Environment
- Cover Letter Examples for Jobs
- Define Cover Letters
- How to Start a Conclusion Paragraph in a Business Letter