Writing a Customized Objective Statement | Resume Writing

Writing a Customized Objective Statement | Resume Writing

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Writing a customized objective statement can
be a challenging task. With the help of this learning module, you will receive valuable
tips and advice for creating an objective statement that is impactful. An objective
statement is typically located under the contact information on your resume. It allows the
employer to have an idea of the type of position you are seeking and the unique skills you
have to offer. It’s an optional statement that is limited to one direct and concise
sentence. Avoid first person pronouns, such as I, you, he, she, we, or me and identify
the type of position you’re seeking. Mention a distinctive experience or skill that you
can contribute. Customize the statement for each type of position you’re interested
in. For example, if you’re searching for employment in the nonprofit sector, you may
have an objective statement customized for the resume you’re using to apply for nonprofit
jobs. Let’s look at couple examples that make connections to the tips discussed. Jim
is a junior at Webster University interested in gaining valuable experience in the nonprofit
sector. Jim believes the objective statement will assist with identifying what type of
internship he is seeking as a candidate and the skills and qualities he believes will
be attractive to the employer. Jim wants to highlight his abilities in program creation,
thriving in a team based working environment, and his experiences in marketing.
Jim begins writing and focuses only on what type of position he is looking for as a job-seeker,
leaving out any valuable skills or experiences in his statement. Jim writes, “To obtain an
internship in the nonprofit sector.” After reviewing valuable advice from his Career
Advisor, Jim rewrites his objective statement, focusing on a few skills that are likely to
stand out to the employer reviewing his document. Jim writes, “To obtain an internship in the
nonprofit sector using established abilities in program creation, solid interpersonal skills,
and marketing that can contribute to the success of an organization.” The improvement Jim made
to the objective statement highlights important skills and qualities that the employer may
be seeking. Remember to customize all application materials, focusing on key words and phrases
that are used in the job description. Meet Allison. Allison is approaching graduation
and had completed an internship in a clinical laboratory and thoroughly enjoyed her experience.
Allison is targeting her search for entry level positions in clinical laboratories.
The important qualities Allison wants to highlight are the ability to use technology and her
attention to details. Like Jim, Allison wrote a first draft that only identifies the type
of position she is seeking. Upon review and advice from Allison’s Career Advisor, she
writes, “To obtain an entry level position in a clinical laboratory utilizing knowledge
of operating complex machinery and solid attention to details.” According to the Occupational
Outlook Handbook, the use of technology and attention to details are two important qualities
that are needed to be successful in positions that Allison is interested in obtaining. Highlighting
key words and phrases in her objective statement is a great way for the employer to see Allison
as a knowledgeable candidate. Remember to customize all of your application materials,
utilizing key words and phrases from the job description and focusing on important qualities
that a candidate should be familiar with for a specific position. The job description,
O*Net, and the Occupational Outlook Handbook are resources to assist with customizing an
objective statement and other application materials. The objective statement is optional
and can be completely omitted from your resume. Other sections of your resume will likely
have an impact on the employer, such as the experience and education sections. Therefore,
leaving the objective statement off your resume will likely not be the reason you received
an interview or never heard back from the employer. Finally, have a professional review
your entire document. The reviewer will scan for typos, grammatical errors, and assist
with enhancing the overall attractiveness of the document. The information in this learning
module was created to assist with developing an impactful objective statement. You reviewed
valuable tips and advice to identify the type of position you’re looking for and what
unique skills you have to offer. Utilize the objective statement worksheet to assist in
framing your own customized statement along with accessing additional resume writing eResources
located on the Career Planning & Development Center’s website.

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