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Resume Objective Statement

An objective is a short introductory statement at the start of your resume (the first section of a resume after your contact details). Not only is this section one of the most important part of your resume, it is also often seen as the most difficult. The following tips will make writing a resume objective easier.

Your resume's objective statement should only be a maximum 2 sentences. With this in mind, you will only have 8 to 10 seconds to get the attention of your intended audience (the employer). Because of this, EACH one of the words you use in these 2 sentences must be used effectively.

A resume objective must contain your career objectives, and how they fit in with the company you are applying for. It must also mention your skills and the value you're going to bring to the table in order to help this new organization succeed. Your resume objective should show the employer how your skills can aid the company in becoming more prosperous.

An effective way to word your resume objective is to use powerful action verbs that highlight your key stengths. Here are some great examples of powerful action verbs in a resume objective:

Results driven from...

Highly motivated...
Efficient in...
Highly skilled in the areas of...
High level of efficiency in...
Highly effective...
Offering proven track record in the areas of...
Key accomplishments include...
Key strengths include...
Well recognized for...

You can begin both of the sentences of your resume objective with two action verbs to make the employer aware of your key attributes.

If you are not sure about how to go about including these attributes in your resume objective, there are other alternatives to use instead of the resume objective as seen in many resume templates.

A great alternative to a resume objective is a career summary. A resume career summary aims at the same goal as your resume objective, however your professional summary can be 3 to 5 sentences in length (short paragraph).

A resume professional summary will give you a bit more latitude if your need it, for talking about your career objectives, talking about the value that your bring, and how you have been successfull in the past- which is going to determine your success for the future by carrying this value to the organization viewing your resume.

It is always important to connect your attributes to the company you are applying for, and how this will contribute to their continued success long-term.

In comparison, a resume professional summary can give you the opportunity to talk more about yourself, and your qualities. A resume objective is shorter, and straight to the point. If you are a bit unsure of how to portray your main attributes in 2 sentences, it is always recommended to use a professional summary instead.