Resume Tips - Career Objective

Sell yourself to the employer in a maximum of two paragraphs. It will take time to craft an objective that really works for you so put some effort and thought into what you write. This is where you prove to your employer that you are clear about your career goals.

Focus on the strengths and experience you have. For example, “I am seeking a management position where I can effectively utilise my expertise in human relations, project management, and staff recruitment and retention. You can expand on this expertise and experience later.

Give evidence that you are familiar with the industry and the expectations of the sort of company you wish to work for. Perhaps you have experience as a journalist and you are seeking a public relations position. “As a journalist with 2 years experience in a busy newsroom, I have extensive media industry contacts and these relationships will be highly beneficial in delivering effective public relations campaigns.”

Rather than state what you want from the employer, focus on the employer’s needs. A well-written objective convinces the employer you have what it takes to do the job. Convince the employer you can add value to the company’s business.

Are training and development opportunities important to you? Show an employer that you are flexible with developing new skills and prepared to take on challenges and pursue a long-term career with their company.

Try to sum up your objective in two paragraphs at most. Ask a trusted mentor or friend to look over your statement to make sure your objectives and wording are clear and strong.

Short and long term goals can be stated succinctly, as in this statement: “My short term goals are to work in various facets of the travel and tourism industry to increase my skills base in preparation for my longer term goal, which is to own and manage my own travel business.” A graphic designer might state: “I aim to use my hand drawing and digital design skills to enhance a number of in-house design projects with the intention to move into brand management and corporate identity management in the future.” A retail manager will have a different set of objectives again. Perhaps s/he might write: “My intention is to enhance profitability and staff morale as a store manager in the local branch, with the prospective of advancing to sales management with the Victorian branch in the future.”