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Writing an effective resume can be challenging for most job seekers. Including key words, stating your accomplishments and outlining your job history are just a few key elements to include. Another important element to add to your resume is an objective. The objective section should be descriptive and stand out. When an employer is scanning hundreds of resumes they tend to look for key words that describe basic qualifications that pertain to the job. When creating your resume you want to clearly state your career objectives. The objective section of the resume is usually placed at the beginning. When writing your objective you want to include a summary of your skills, goals, education and work ethics. Keeping your objective short and to the point will greatly increase your chances of landing an interview. A resume objective does two things: for the applicant it states your career objectives and describes the job you are seeking.
The objective section will be slightly different for each individual, if you are a professional you might want to include a career summary section instead of the objective section. For entry-level jobs and recent college graduates the objective section is a perfect fit.
Below are some examples of resume objectives for different types of jobs.
Entry-level Customer Service
To obtain a customer service position at a top-notch company and utilize the skills I have obtained through previous work experience.
Managing Copy Editor
Copy Editor position for a metropolitan newspaper. Seeking Managing Copy Editor position in order to give me the opportunity to exercise my skills and experience in the industry.
General Objective (would work for almost any entry-level position)
To bring to your organization enthusiasm, dedication, responsibility, and good work ethic, combined with a desire to utilize my skills obtained through experience in the following areas: (then start your resume listing your skills and experience)
Friendly, motivated, experienced cashier with three years in the industry. Customer service oriented and takes pleasure in serving the public. Bilingual and can work well in a fast paced environment.
Executive or Administrative Assistant
Enthusiastic, experienced executive assistant with five years extensive training in providing office support to senior executives. Possess exceptional organizational skills, hands-on technical experience, good work ethic and attention to detail.
Retail Sales Manager
Highly motivated, enthusiastic retail sales manager with exceptional, proven performance will strive for your sales goals. Experience with employee supervision and retail sales operations. Record-setting sales leader, excellent coaching skills and has the ability to boost employee morale. Committed to provide a pleasant, sales oriented environment.
Motivated business school graduate seeking a marketing assistant position to help develop and implement communications procedures and projects. Possess a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing combined with international experience from a study abroad internship. Thrives in high-pressure environments and is deadline driven. Honest, ethical and reliable.
Experienced, energetic educator seeking to secure a teaching position. Interested in teaching subjects related to English or History at an elementary or secondary school level.
To secure a position that enables me to use financial analyst and project management skills that I have obtained through my education and work experience.
To obtain a position in management consulting that will allow me to leverage my company operations research and economic skills.
The resume objective examples above are simple yet clear. For some jobs you may want to elaborate on your intentions. These examples will give you an idea of what you need to include. Remember, be brief in your descriptions but make sure you properly communicate your goals. If you use these tips and suggestions for your resume writing then you will be on the right track to get the job you want and deserve.
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