Millions of resumes contain meaningless job objectives. Use these resume objective examples to learn how to do it the right way.
Resume objectives often aren't the right choice if you want to write a great resume. But they CAN work well in some situations.
So, if you want to write a great resume objective, you need to pay attention to 3 things:
Make it employer-focused, not you-focused.
Focus on results!
K.I.S.S. — Keep it Short and Simple
I created a whole page of tips about writing a resume objective, but here are a few more to help you out before we get into the list of resume objective examples I found for you...
Substitute the words develop, apply, or employ for the word, "use." They have more punch.
Make your objective as specific as possible without being too limiting.
One of the writers for Quintessential Careers, Katharine Hansen, gives this example of a resume objective:
"To manage people, interface with customers, and work with highly technical software or hardware applications."
Ms. Hansen says she likes how this objective states specific skills that could be used in a number of different jobs. Do be careful, though, about getting too generic or broad. That doesn't work either.
One other thought ... if you're really committed to using a job objective, but you don't want it on your resume, you could include it in your cover letter.
Every page should deliver what it advertises, right? OK then, here are two great resume objective examples from the book, Same Day Resume:
"Professional alignment with the Animal Foundation in a position that will benefit from my marketing skills, community and educational contacts, and commitment to wildlife conservation and education."
"Seeking position requiring excellent business management skills in an office environment. Position should require a variety of tasks, including office management, word processing, and spreadsheet and database program use."
And these resume objective examples are from Monster.com:
"Program Development, Coordination, and Administration ... especially in a people-oriented organization where there is a need to assure broad cooperative effort through the use of sound planning, strong administration, skills of persuasion to achieve goals."
"A middle/upper-level management position with responsibilities including problem solving, planning, organizing, and managing budgets."
"To obtain a position as an Elementary School Teacher in which a strong dedication to the total development of children and a high degree of enthusiasm can be fully utilized."
"Position as a Word Processing Secretary that will utilize my computer knowledge, strong people skills, organizational abilities, and business experience."
Even more effective than a resume objective is a power statement or summary of qualifications. Learn more about that option here. If you haven't already visited the page that talks about the pros and cons of resume objectives, you can read it here.
Or, to refresh your memory about ineffective ways to write a resume objective, see this page...