In some situations, limiting oneself actually is a compelling reason in favor of using an objective. In a letter to the Career Doctor, Dr. Randall Hansen, the job-seeker said he used his objective to state his desire not to relocate out of the city in which he was living. Although this limiting factor speaks more to the job-seeker’s needs than the employer’s, it can save a lot of time. Employers would not waste time interviewing him only to discover that he would not relocate. The job-seeker also has the option of mentioning his desire not to relocate in his cover letter instead of his resume objective.
Those still uncomfortable with committing themselves to an objective on their resume can use their cover letters to help them tailor their resumes to the specific jobs they’re applying for. The cover letter can help bring the resume into sharper focus by elaborating on what the jobseeker wants to do and what he or she can specifically contribute to a particular job.
Increasingly, jobseekers are supplementing – or supplanting – their objectives with a section called “Summary,” “Skills Summary,” “Qualifications,” “Profile,” or a similar heading. Spotlighting skills can be quite appealing to employers, and the keywords used in such sections can be an important element of a resume that’s placed in a keyword-searchable database. Chapter 3 tells all about how to construct a Profile or Summary section and offers numerous examples.
Sample Objective Statements
While this list is divided into occupational areas for the reader’s convenience, be aware that you can mix and match verbiage in these objective statements to tailor them to any occupation or profession.
- To contribute computer knowledge, strong people skills, organizational abilities, and business experience to your firm as a Word Processing Administrative Assistant.
- To bring strong detail orientation and organizational skills to the smooth operation of your office.
- To implement solid publications experience to play a supporting role within the fast-paced publishing world.
- Accounting position in budgeting or cost auditing with a growing corporation, utilizing experience in accounting systems.
- To leverage strong quantitative background in an accounting/finance capacity.
- To contribute leadership and quantitative skills to your organization as a controller, assistant controller, accounting manager, or auditor.
- Successful, seasoned accounting professional seeks opportunity to dedicate wealth of financial expertise to your firm in an analytical, results-producing, managerial capacity.
- To apply extensive accounting experience, along with unique drive for excellence and success.