A Comprehensive Guideline on Writing Your Resume Objective

Getting your resume just right could be the difference between landing an interview, or landing up in the rejected pile. Statistics show that hiring managers only take an average of six seconds to look at a resume and decide whether or not it is good enough to go through to the next round. It is vital for you to therefore make sure that your resume is streamlined, up to date, well-formatted and clearly defined to really catch the eye of the hiring manager. 

One of the most impactful parts of a resume is the opening objective on the resume. It is so impactful, that 45% of hiring managers don’t consider the resume if it doesn’t have one. So, what is a resume objective, how should it be formatted and what are the key aspects of it that you absolutely need to include. We took a deep look into this important part of your resume.

What is a Resume Objective?

A resume objective is the opening, summary part of your resume. It is found at the top of the resume and is usually around two to three lines in length. This is the section where you can clearly define your professional goals and relate them to the position that you are applying for. This is the eye-catching part of the resume, and the part that recruiters first look at, so make sure it is simple, to the point and catchy. In fact, think of this as your short sales pitch to the company. 

If you are reading this and thinking to yourself, “I’m fresh out of school and have nothing to sell to a company”, a company objective is actually exactly what you need. An objective can be as simple as letting the hiring manager know what your desired job title is, where you have been and where you hope to go in your career going forward. Use this to wow them with your future plans! In fact, resume objectives are usually used mostly in these three scenarios:

  • You are new in the job market; 
  • You are changing your career direction completely;
  • You are targeting a very specific job title or company. 

How Important is an Objective?

We cannot begin to describe just how important this section is and how you should change it up every single time you apply for a new job. This is the section which you should be tailoring for each company and position that you are applying for. You need to take this time to personalize yourself for the company, setting yourself apart from other applicants and use it to highlight your strengths skills that will be particularly useful in the position. You can go through your resume, pick out the skills and experiences that will be most relevant to the role and make them pop by adding them there. 63% of hiring managers will reject a resume if it is not tailored to their company!

If you have worked for a similar company, gained experience in that exact industry or have notable achievements in an area, this is the place to highlight it. Catch the recruiters eye with something that they can relate you to the role they are recruiting for. Keep in mind that this should be related to what is in your cover letter. So make sure that you write both at the same time, using the objective to summarise your cover letter. 

Top Tips in Writing a Resume Objective 

Right, so now we have chatted a lot about what an objective is all about and why you should have one, and you are sitting reading this thinking, ok, but how do I actually write my resume objective? 

Say for example you are fresh out of school:

Objective: “To obtain an entry-level copywriting position at a respected organization and utilize the educational qualifications I’ve obtained at State University”. 

In the scenario that you are changing your career:

To realign my career in a new direction where I will be able to utilize my design skills and experience in a  stable and dynamic workplace”.

These two simple sentences show the recruiter that you are interested in making a difference in their company. The second example makes it clear that the resume was not sent erroneously to the company and that you are in fact, looking to move to a different department. It could be quite confusing for hiring managers to receive a resume that doesn’t fit with the advertised job role. 

Say for example you have all of the skills and experience you need for the role. In front of you is your dream role and you really want to wow them. Why don’t you try something like:

“To obtain the position of Head of Marketing with DreamCompany.org, where I can apply my extensive education, fifteen years of marketing experience and proven marketing strategies to  evolve the marketing department into a customer-centric hub.”

Do’s and Don’ts

  • The first thing to know is don’t make it extensively boring. Keep it down to short, impactful sentences and never go over three sentences;
  • Don’t be too vague. The company wants to know that you are applying to them;
  • Don’t use a generic objective. They can pick that up. Trust us. They can pick it up; 
  • Don’t lie. Once again, they can see straight through you!;
  • Lastly, don’t make it all about you. Tell them what you can do for their company. What changes can you make? How can they grow and evolve with you as part of their team. You are their investment. Make it count!

Last Thoughts 

It may seem daunting to complete a quick objective about why you want the job, but it could be the difference between you landing that new position and carrying on your job search. If you are currently looking for a new role, Wanted is a great platform to passively search for jobs based on your skills, experience and salary requirements. You are kept completely anonymous until the company requests an introduction where they will gain access to the rest of your profile.