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Resume objective statement examples

How to write a resume objective statement

Sometimes employers get thousands of resumes for one job opening, and how can someone who is just out of college or without much experience stand out? Follow our resume objective statement examples writing and you’re sure to get a potential employer to take a longer look at your resume.

A resume objective statement is one to two sentences at the top of your resume under the heading objective, professional objective or career goals. Your resume objective statement should summarize your career goals, what you expect from a job and what you can offer your potential employer.  It should be concise and focused.   

Now that you know what a resume objective statement is, why does it need to be on a resume in the first place? Catherine Carrigan, Loyola University Career Advisor, says that an objective statement can help when your resume is passed around without a cover letter.

"It happens all the time to students," Carrigan said. "They have a family friend that says ‘oh just send me your resume and I'll pass it around,’ and sometimes students realize that without a focused cover letter it isn't clear what they are hoping to get in terms of the position so they add an objective statement."

The objective statement can really boost a resume if well written, but how exactly does one write a great objective statement?  First you need to think about your career goals, what position you are seeking, what type of organization you would like to work with and your qualifications for the position. Once you have those answered, you can write your resume objective statement, but you need to be specific. This can be one of the biggest mistakes hopeful applicants make. They compose objective statements that are far too broad and practically irrelevant to specific position.

Here are some different resume objective statement examples:

Objective: A position that would allow me to utilize my skills and knowledge in different areas.

This objective statement is too vague. The employer will have too many questions after reading it. What position are you applying to? What kind of skills and knowledge do you have? What can you do for the company?

A better resume objective statement example is below. The applicant is applying for a sales position.

Objective: Seeking a sales manager position where I can utilize my marketing knowledge and management skills to increase profits and create a respectful and productive work environment. 

This example is more specific and shows what you can do for the employer and what you want to get from the position. 

Once you know how to write an effective resume objective statement, you need to know when to put it on your resume. When you are headed to a career fair where you will be handing out your resume to multiple employers, you should opt to not have an objective statement, but when you are applying for a specific position, it helps to have an objective statement. Though, your objective statement should be tweaked for each position you are applying for.

More resume objective statements examples:

Seeking a position where I can contribute my advance skills in graphic designs as well as my creativity to produce a unique and quality product.

To obtain a nursing position where I can expand my knowledge and experience as well as use my outstanding patient care skills to provide quality healthcare. 

Seeking a position as an Administrative Assistant where I can use my great organizational and problem solving skills to benefit the organization.

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