Objectively Good Objective Statements For Your Resume
Objectively Good Objective Statements For Your Resume
July 29, 2021

We are looking to inform you about how to let employers know you’re the perfect candidate for the job!

What you just read is a quick example of an “Objective Statement”. These types of statements live at the top of your resume, under your essential personal info such as name and contact details, but before your specific employability and educational merits.

You can think of it as the thesis of your job application. You express your personal goals in a way that aligns with the needs of your recruiter, in a compelling and succinct manner.

But while the statement itself is simple, the way you craft it has many components to keep in mind. Let’s explore what goes into an objectively good objective statement!

Know when to use one

The short answer? Always.

The longer answer? Resumes are received a lot differently now than in the past. Sometimes keyword scanners analyze the words on your resume, and less about their placement. So objective statements will come in more handy in certain circumstances than others.

They are of particular import when experience is a question. For example:

  • If you recently graduated school and have theoretical but not hands-on experience.
  • If you are changing industries, not all of your previous experience might count towards your new job.
  • If you are relocating/applying for jobs in a different location, where local cultural intricacies might be something you’re less familiar with.

Keep it brief

Like an aperitif to whet your appetite, your objective statement should be sample-sized.

Think of it like an elevator pitch. You only have the time it takes to go up a couple floors to spill the beans about why you make a great candidate. Only, in this case, it’s more like one floor.

And, like a pitch, you should keep in mind the structure of showing the “client” (in this case, your potential employer) that you understand their problem, and you have the perfect solution (you!). This is how you create a perceived value. You don’t need to flood your statement with too many accoutrements and bells and whistles, just stick to the key element(s) about what you can offer.

Another reason to keep things brief is to avoid making yourself seem stuck up. This is true at any point in the hiring process; if you make it out to appear that you really like to talk about yourself and your accomplishments, you’ll send up flags that you’re difficult to work with. The best workaround here is to talk about your goals that line up with the company’s, instead of bragging about your merits.

Change it up

You’re not a cookie-cutter person. Your recruiter isn’t looking for a cookie-cutter employee. And so the last thing your objective statement should do is use a boilerplate copy-paste from your other applications.

Remember that each employer, even if they are hiring people for the same industry, even if they are hiring people for the SAME JOB TITLE, they are NEVER looking for the exact same thing. Each organization has its own company culture and has experienced precedents that put a unique spin on their hiring goals. Take some time to research just who an employer is, and tailor your approach to them as an individual opportunity.

You will also have different reasons for applying to different employers. Maybe one tech firm you approach is up-and-coming, while another is already in the big leagues. If those appeal to you for different reasons, then reinforce that in your statement verbiage.

Don’t overshoot

This can be a bit of a tricky line to walk. Remember, you want to highlight your goals and how this position will be relevant for you to achieve them. But you don’t want to say that you’re aiming at a loftier target than what’s being offered.

Let’s say, for example, that you were applying for a data entry position at a law firm. You could say that your goal was to become a lawyer, but how is that relevant to the supervisor who needs you to operate a specialized computer program at the data entry job every day? Try expressing an interest in developing your skills with legal aid software. It still aligns to your future goals, but now it aligns to your employer’s immediate goals as well.

Official titles and credentials can be included

Earlier we mentioned to avoid talking too much about yourself so as to not come across as a braggart. But we were definitely not implying you shouldn’t flaunt it at all!

Describe yourself using your professional titles and accreditations whenever possible. Buzzwords like a “motivated” individual, or an “experienced” worker don’t hold a candle to the light of evidence when you namedrop your official licenses, degrees, certifications, or whatever other proof of your expertise you can show off.

All in all, the objective statement is just a part of a well-rounded resume. But it is usually the first part a recruiter will read. Keep these tenets in mind as you work out your own. Keeping it short, customized, relevant, and well-decorated is the way to use an objective statement to get you closer to your objective of landing the perfect job!