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Objectives for Entry Level Positions
An entry-level resume objective, also known as an objective statement, should clearly state the position you're applying for and what skills you have that might contribute to the job. As a recent graduate with a limited work history or as a professional changing careers or entering the workforce, an entry-level objective should highlight the specific field you're interested in and why you're qualified to work in that area.
Demonstrate Your Flexibility
State the position that you're applying for -- if the job listing specifically mentions one -- but leave room for other possible opportunities at the company. As an entry-level applicant, flexibility can work to your advantage. You don't already have years of experience in one area, limiting your options. You can be molded. For example, your objective statement might start with, "To obtain a job as marketing representative in the field of advertising, marketing or communications...". That way, a potential employer knows that you're willing to work in several related fields and aren't just holding out for one specific position or job title.
Avoid general words and phrases that don't reveal anything about your job goals, skills or experiences. For example, an objective statement such as "Looking for a job where I can use my problem-solving skills to enhance the company," is too general and doesn't make good use of the limited space on your resume. As an entry-level candidate, the goal is to create a targeted message that clearly identifies your goals, job-related passions and skills. An effective entry-level objective statement might say, "Seeking an elementary-level teaching position where I can use my program development skills and dedication to children's educational needs to create a positive classroom environment."
Create a purposeful and focused objective statement. Think of it as a mission statement that clearly states your goals and interests, recommends the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. Avoid clichés to ensure that your objective statement sounds professional. For example, your objective statement might say, "To obtain a technology or graphic design position. Specific areas of interest include web development, design and consulting."
Don't Hide Your Entry-Level Status
Use your objective statement to let potential employers know that you're seeking an entry-level position but are eager and willing to hone your skills. For example, your objective statement might say, "Seeking an entry-level position in the field of accounting where I can learn to critically examine and inspect financial documents to ensure their compliance with laws and regulations." You want employers to know that don't want to get in over your head and that you are looking for an entry-level position.
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As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.
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