This is day two of a week long blog series that provides tips on how to develop each section of your resume. Yesterday the focus was on the heading and today will focus on the objective. This series is to help prepare for the kick-off of our “Getting People to Work” series. As part of this project we will focus our efforts to bring together community resources, provide workshops in our offices and in our communities and plan hiring events in targeted geographic locations. We hope that you find this series helpful and that you will join us at one or more of our events!
Reflect on your resume – have you ever had it critiqued and the reader asked, “What do you want to do?” If so, this blog can help you write an objective that will answer that question.
It’s actually not necessary to write out the word “Objective” because employers know that your objective can be found at the top of the resume, usually after the heading. Since employers initially prefer a one-page resume, eliminating that word gives you one extra line for more useful information.
The objective can be as simple as the job title from the job description. Include the company name and location if the company has openings in multiple cities or facilities. If the job lead contains a number, include that as well. Take a look at the objective that’s after the heading below:
City, ST, zip
Professional email address
LinkedIn page or other links like an online portfolio
Mechanical Engineer Job ID# 739 for ABC Company in Houston, TX
Notice the absence of the word “Objective”.
Maybe you’d like to work for a particular company and on the website it states something like, “We’re hiring! Send us your resume.” However, specific job descriptions are not listed. For this, consider writing your objective as a sentence.
When writing this sentence, focus on how you can support a company’s mission statement, contribute to a project, or assist in a department.
“To promote your mission on sustainable, natural building by providing web design services.”
“To contribute to your 123 Project by providing public relations and technical services.”
“To provide creative art and outdoor activities at your Child Development Center.”
Keep your objective simple. Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you:
• What do I want to do for the company?
• What job title do I want to apply for?
• How can I help achieve their mission statement or project?
• Which department could use my experience and skills?
Check back in tomorrow for part three in this series: Summary.
Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.