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Resume Guide: Resume Objective

Putting Your Resume Together


Your Identification

Organizing your resume into a clear, interesting format is the next step. Regardless of the layout you choose, you will begin by listing your name, address, phone number and email near the top. If you can be reached at more than one location during your job search campaign, you may want to list both sets of contact information. You may also want to include a fax number if you have one. Finally, if you’ve created a web page that you would want a potential employer to see, include the URL.

Resume Objective

Some people choose to state their job objective on the resume, as opposed to including it in the body of their cover letter. Stating an objective helps convince employers that you know what you want and are familiar with the field. Stating your objective on your resume is optional, having an objective for your resume is not - you need to be clear on your goal.

In reality, even after careful assessment, your interests may span a number of diverse fields. You may decide to draft more than one resume, each with a different focus. This option allows the separate resumes to highlight the types of skills or qualities most sought after in each unique field. You may choose to include objectives or let the resumes speak for themselves.

If you have interests in a variety of career fields, but the basic skills and qualifications required for those areas are similar, you may be able to use one resume without an objective on it. The objective should be clarified on each cover letter as it will vary with the particular position, field, and/or employer which you targets (see samples at the end of the Guide).

What to Include in a Resume Objective

On a resume, an objective may be as brief as a job title. Depending on the position, the objective may need supporting information in order to make the target clear. The most effective objective is the one which is most specific about the position and type of employment desired. Conduct informational interviews to find the appropriate title for the type of work you seek.

Examples of Resume Objectives:

  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • Account executive trainee in small advertising agency.
  • Position as clinical practice assistant for health maintenance organization, utilizing writing, research, and leadership skills.
  • More Resume Objective Samples

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