Resumes are required for most jobs. It is important to include a good objective for a resume. A few years ago only the top jobs and professional positions required a resume. Today, it is hard to get you foot in the door at all without a very good resume.
One of the most important things to remember is to provide a really good objective in the resume.
A good resume objective has several characteristics. It lets the prospective employer know how you believe you can fit into their organization and into the position to which you are applying.
It is fairly specific in letting them know where you would like to go with your career and where you would like to be right now.
There are many variations on possible objectives but keep in mind there are good objectives, bad objectives and downright terrible objectives.
A good objective is one or two sentences long and tells the employer what you can do to benefit his or her company. It is concise and to the point. This is not a time to be creative or funny.
For the prospective employer this is serious business.If you take it too lightly, you may disqualify yourself.
An example of a good resume objective would be " I am looking for a position where I can use my 5 years of tax accounting experience to help my employer save money on his or her taxes."
An example of a bad objective would be" I am looking for an interesting and challenging position with a good future."
A bad objective would be "I am looking for a position with high pay and good benefits".
Unfortunately there are more resumes with bad and even terrible objectives than there are with good.
So to summarize, a good objective would be concise and not too long. If it goes longer than a couple of sentences the employer will think that the applicant is not focused.
The objectives should emphasize what you can do to benefit the company.
It is best to research the job and the job market before sending out resumes and tailor each one for each job opening.
Your career objective should be stated differently for each position to which you apply.
With a little practice, you will become proficient in develop[ing a good objective for a resume and will greatly improve your chance of getting the job you want.
Lea Mcleod hits the nail on the head in this video where she explains why the objective for a resume often fails in terms of attracting employers.
Leas suggests using an alternative to the resume objective in order to demonstrate your value proposition to the employer.
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