Objective Statements, A How To Guide

Objective (s) Statement

Although an objective statement is not for everyone, I have provided the basic information needed to decide, and if it's for you, to write an objective statement that will get you noticed. Wondering why not to use an objective statement? The answer is simple, with only 15 seconds to make a powerful impression on the interviewer would you rather tell them what you want, or what you can offer. I would venture to say that they probably are more concerned with what they need that what you want. It is unfortunate, but that is the climate of today's jobs market

No matter what format you choose for your resume, you often will want the first section to be titled, "Objective" or "Objectives." (But see the final paragraph in this section for an opposing viewpoint.) Naturally, after jumping through so many hoops, you may be tempted to just say that your objective is: "Get This Job." Well, if it makes you feel better, just type that and let off some steam. But naturally, don't leave it that way. What you really need to do, once again, is to get into the mind of the prospective employer. Ask yourself, "What is the employer looking for when he or she reads my resume." And ideally, the objectives you describe should closely match the objectives of the imaginary ideal person for the job.

Keep in mind that an objectives statement is essentially a summary of who you are in terms of what you want to provide to the prospective employer. If an objectives statement is appropriate for your resume, it will help you to communicate important information about yourself and about your appropriateness for the job. However, it does require the self-discipline for you to do the following:

1. Define Clearly what kind of position you are seeking.

2. Demonstrate Concisely what skills and abilities your "objectives" can provide to the prospective employer.

Here is where we should mention that there are opposing views among resume writing professionals. In fact there are sometimes heated debates regarding the benefits of using an objectives statement. Deciding whether or not to use one will ultimately be your decision; if the objectives statement seems fairly easy to compose - i.e., if you find that the words flow relatively easily when you start putting your objective in writing - then it's probably right for you. But remember: if you are going to do something, do it well.

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