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Set a goal

The first step in creating a high-impact résumé is determining what you’re trying to accomplish. With a clearly defined career objective, you can write a résumé that best serves your professional aspirations.

Hiring managers are too busy to waste time trying to figure out what your career goals are. They will just move on to the next résumé.

Define yourself

While it’s important for your résumé to include a clear career goal, you don’t need to have an objective section. The majority of jobseekers might incorporate their career goals into a qualification summary instead.

A candidate’s qualification summary is as follows: Talented and dependable secretary, skilled in all aspects of office management within non-profit environments.

Her summary continued to relay her key qualifications for an administrative position, but her introductory line enabled hiring managers to immediately recognise her goal. If you are on a steady career track, incorporating your objective into a summary sends the message “this is who I am,” rather than “this is who I’d like to be when I grow up”.

Include objective

Career changers and entry-level workers should consider incorporating their objectives into their résumés, because their goals might not be clearly defined by their work history alone. If you’re targeting a particular position, add a formal objective statement. The hiring manager will see you took time to customise your résumé and that the opportunity is important to you.

Here are some examples

For career changers: Accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits in an entry-level human resources position. Extremely motivated for career change goal and eager to contribute to a company’s HR division.

Entry-level workers: Dedicated CIS graduate pursuing a help-desk position.

When targeting a specific position: Elementary teacher for ABC School district.

Some tips

Focus on how you would benefit the employer, not on how the employer would benefit you. Stay away from résumé objectives that state your working preferences, such as “seeking a team-oriented environment that fosters professional development”.

Don’t be vague. Steer clear from statements that say nothing substantial about your career goal (example: seeking a challenging position with potential for growth and advancement).

Keep it concise and targeted. Hiring managers often sort through hundreds of thousands of résumés to fill one job opening. Make it easy for them by keeping your objective to the point. The best résumé objectives contain a desired job title or target.

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