How to Write a Compelling Resume Objective

A good resume objective can get your dream job; it is the only difference between getting the job or have your application canceled. Employers spend around six seconds on an average to scan a resume. As such, create a compelling resume objective that would hook the attention of the potential employer.

What is a Resume Objective?

A resume objective is the first section which appears below the name and contact information on the resume. It includes only 3-5 bullets highlighting the most relevant experience and compelling results of the candidate. The resume objective is meant to grab the attention of the reader and highlight the information employers need to qualify candidates for the job profile. A resume objective should be written in simple language and style for easy to understand.

Steps to creating an attractive Resume Objective 

  • Understand the Job Description: To apply for a particular job and make a compelling resume objective, it is essential to understand the job profile. Go through the job profile and description thoroughly and create a good resume objective keeping the skill required for that job.
  • Compare Job Description with Background: Choosing the right experience and matching it with the candidate’s overall and relevant experience is essential for creating a good resume objective. The objective should include the relevant experience in the particular field the profile requires to attract the employer in the first line itself.
  • Use the Resume Summary to ‘Hack’ Online Application Algorithm: In addition to convincing the employer, the words included in the resume objective should be able to beat the applicant tracking software. Many companies use the software to scan resumes and to get help to choose the qualified candidates based on specific keywords. It is essential to include incorporate as many job profile related words into the resume objective bullets as those words will be precisely that the ones that the Applicant Tracking Software would look for.

Common Resume Objective Mistakes People Make

Writing a lot of Text

The resume objective should be crisp and clear; it is named ‘objective’ for a reason. Employers don’t have time to read a 500-word essay about the qualifications and experiences of a candidate. Instead, include a 3-5 bullet objective with no more than 50 words each. To make its point perfect, first, jot down the essentials on a paper and then scan the required info, rework and write a definite resume objective.

Avoid starting bullets with ‘Responsible For’

 These words seem too tacky and unprofessional. Also never write a resume objective in the first person as it takes away the clarity of the aim. Instead, start the resume objective with bullets, with a verb and replace first-person writing with the verb.

Focusing on yourself and your goals

 Employers don’t want to hear about you and yourself, they want to know the experiences, but they also wish to see the organization where you worked and what expertise you displayed there. If the resume objective focuses on the candidate itself, it is sure to get rejected. Instead, highlight the experiences and skills you possess and also give information about the company you worked for and the expertise required for the profile there.

Not using a Resume Objective

There are many resumes where candidates don’t give a resume objective. Many candidates mention the contact info on the top and straight away head to professional experience. The resume objective is a massive boost to the resume and to pre-qualify the candidate and make them stand out from the rest of the competition.

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Jane Harper
Writer. Human resources expert and consultant. Follow @thehrdigest on Twitter

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