A resume objective is a fantastic way to highlight your skills and achievements that align with the role for which you are applying. It can also show potential employers your career ambitions, showing them how the role can be beneficial for your career development.
A well-written resume objective should always be tailored to the role you’re applying for and can go a long way in setting you apart from the competition.
In this post, we take a look at some hints and tips to help you write a compelling, unforgettable resume objective that will encourage hiring managers to continue reading your CV and give you an interview.
What is an objective on a C.V?
A resume objective, as the name suggests, is a two-to-three sentence statement outlining the purpose of your CV. It should communicate your goals and explain why you want the position for which you are applying.
When to include an objective
Resume objectives are ideal if you want your CV to stand out vs. other applicants however there are a few instances where including a resume objective is particularly beneficial:
A graduate seeking your first role
If you’re a graduate seeking your first role in the industry, a resume objective at the top of your CV will help the hiring manager recognise how your career goals tie in with their job role.
Changing your career
A resume objective is a great way to show potential employers why you’re making a change and how your skills from your current role can transfer over to this one
If you’re wishing to move to a new area, your current address may confuse the recruiter. By making your intentions clear in your resume objective, you can avoid being overlooked by hiring managers for living too far away.
Returning to work after a career break
If you’re returning to work following a leave of absence, a resume objective can be a great way to highlight to the recruiter what you have learnt during your absence and how this opportunity will be beneficial for you both.
How to write a strong objective
A strong resume objective should outline your career goals and specific skills that make you the perfect candidate for the job role. To do that, you should think about what it is you want to achieve, for example:
Objective: To secure a graduate role as an architectural engineering graduate at one of the country’s leading engineering firms.
This gives you a basis on which to build out your objective. To build it out you should:
Tailor to the job description and company
The more you tweak your resume objective to the specific job role or company, the more attractive it is to the hiring manager. We suggest writing a new resume objective every time you send a new application. Keep it job-specific and focus on the key skills and experiences you possess that are most relevant to the role. For example, if you are applying for an engineering role you don’t need to mention the bar work you did at university.
Whilst it’s important to have career ambitions, you want to ensure you’re remaining realistic and that your goals apply to the company for which you are applying. There’s no point saying you want to be a mechanical project manager for hotels if you’re applying for a role within residential properties. Instead, focus on the skills you wish to develop and learn if you are successful with your application.
Add keywords and phrases
All job descriptions have a set of keywords and phrases that highlight the skills necessary for the successful candidate. Recruiters spend less than 20 seconds on average scanning your CV for these keywords and phrases, so having them listed early on can mean the difference between your CV making or breaking it.
Show what you can offer
In addition to highlighting what you want from your job search, your resume objective should also highlight what you can offer the team and company. Highlight your skills and relevant experience and show why you are the perfect candidate for the role.
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