A well-written resume objective can make a significant difference

Freddie Adams

A poor objective can cause your resume to be discarded in a matter of seconds. There are simply too many better resumes available to bother. Here’s how to fix it.

A resume that lacks or has a mediocre Objective section will be tossed in the trash in a matter of seconds. There are simply too many better resumes available to bother. However, the majority of job seekers make a colossal blunder in this area.

The fundamentals are as follows: near the top, just above or below your “Keyword Competencies” paragraph, place your “Objective” section, which is simply the object of your job search, the title of the job you are seeking.

Here’s an unfavorable example: Most people include a title (such as “Software Developer,” “Lighthouse Keeper,” “Marketing Director,” “Product Manager,” or “NASCAR Pit Boss”) in a long droning sentence that reads something like:

“Challenging opportunity as a (title) where I can effectively use my management and sales skills in my ongoing effort to help grow an organization, blah, blah.”

This is not only tedious, but also ineffective. Your resume has a limited amount of space, and your potential reader has a limited amount of time. This type of language does not convey critical information that will help you cast a wider net.

Use the “Objective” to do one thing only: concentrate on your goal.

Here’s an Improved Example: Instead of simply filling out the target title as “JAVA Programmer,” for example, include a list of other closely related titles that the searcher may be looking for. As an example:

“Java Programmer, Software Engineer, Application Developer, Software Developer” is the goal.

Each section of your resume should only address one question. By putting several potential titles in the Objective heading (and omitting the skill-set information from the first example), you can narrow your focus while also broadening your net. Even in larger organizations, there may be multiple job openings at any given time. For example, it is not uncommon for a company to have open positions for “Java Programmer,” “Software Developer,” and “Software Engineer,” all of which you may be qualified for. So don’t be limited by your objective title. Use this space wisely, and you will reap greater benefits.

Wow, that was really simple, wasn’t it? But you should know that the majority of your job-search competitors DON’T DO THIS SIMPLE THING. Add this improvement to your resume today, and you’ll be out of the lost resume abyss and back in the game, one step closer to landing that dream job.

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