Building a Great 'Objective' Statement for your Résumé

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 4th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The objective statement is the first substantive line of your CV or Résumé and getting it right can make all the difference between being called for an interview and having your resume placed in the circular file next to the hiring manager's desk.

Your opening statement about YOU

The résumé job objective statement needs to make a powerful statement about you in 20 words or less and is possibly the single most important part of your résumé, this statement almost needs to be crafted for the specific job you are applying for, but resumes are a general statement about your abilities and you send out so many that it is impossible to make them job specific.

The look and feel is required to be lean and mean and gets down to business, which implies that if you are looking for different types of positions then this needs to be crafted specifically for each different role you are seeking, even if the remainder of the résumé remains the same this statement should focus very much on the needs of the target role.

From my experience, both as an applicant and as a hiring manager, it is best to have one CV or résumé for each type of role that you are seeking and your statement will differ whether you are seeking a permanent/salaried role or a temporary/consulting role because the words you use will need to change according to the circumstance, so having the right words goes a long way to gaining the eye of the hiring manager.

What are you looking for?

The majority of your CV or résumé states what you have done over the course of your working life (and most of the applicants for the position will possibly demonstrate similar job experiences) making your objective statement an important part of the application, it is possibly the only place where you can concisely state what sort of role or work you are looking for and this is as important whether you are applying for a minimum wage job or one offering a salary of $200,000 a year.

So state clearly and concisely what it is you are looking for, because sending a résumé out containing a wrongly focused objective statement is clearly not going to get you an interview, even if the remainder of the résumé is precisely what the employer is looking for.

In today's job market it is important to be looking in multiple directions for your next role, you will see adverts where you say "I can do that!" and you are probably right! You can! However the art of résumé building is one of focus and showing the prospective employer that you are the right person for their job. You could create 10 different résumés, each having a slightly different focus, you are not lying about anything you have done you are simply changing the focus to highlight different skills that you may have acquired during the course of that employment, it is not simply the opening objective statement that must change but the skills that you highlight for each of your past roles.

Concise and Focused

Consider the following:

  • Focused on health and beauty with strong emphasis on client relations and sales
  • Seeking a Project Management role with a organization focused on a training environment
  • VP of Sales & Marketing or VP of Sales & Operations for a Technology innovator
  • A Sales innovator who will drive Million Dollar deals and enhance your market share

They are each focused around the needs of specific positions and are designed to help the applicant find a target role in a field that interests them. Remember this a powerful statement can help you shift from one industry to another.

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  • Ensuring you fit the role - from Green Street (royalty free image collection owned by the author).
  • Knowing what you are looking for - Green Street (royalty free collection)
  • Focused on the job - Green Street

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Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Nice post. i wonder if you thought of making some extra money by writing resume of candidates?

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Mar 2015 (#)

that is great for a seasoned veteran but what about the kid that is apply for his first job?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Mar 2015 (#)

This is the one statement that the new kid can also make because it is about what they want to do.

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author avatar Dawn143
5th Mar 2015 (#)

I'm now feeling the pressure for a great intro to my resume! Thank you so much for all the details. I will definitely be bookmarking this page!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
5th Mar 2015 (#)

Dawn, I was glad to be able to help.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Good information here. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Helpful information! Thank you!

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author avatar jjmyles
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for this very informative article. I agree that an opening statement that is concise and to the point may be pivotal to gaining the opportunity to interview.

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