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The objective statement can be an efficient way to communicate to your prospective employer. A good objective statement quickly tells them your strengths and what role you want to play at their company. While not all resume professionals agree that an objective is required in every resume, when it is included, it should accomplish these basic functions. Ambiguous language should be avoided in favor of brief sentences that convey pertinent information.
The words "skills" and "experience" appear on too many resumes, and are probably why some professionals recommend avoiding the objective statement altogether. These words, while sounding important, actually tell a job screener next to nothing about you. If you really have skills, tell them which ones. If you have relevant experience, let them know what. Consider the objective samples provided in the second link under the Additional Resources below, titled Resume Objective Statements. The first reads, "To obtain a responsible and challenging position where my education and work experience will have valuable application." As you can tell from the way the site has marked up the sample, it is almost laughable in its ability to state the obvious and nothing more.
Employers are resulted-oriented. They want the person who is going to fit their organization well and provide an immediate positive impact. A good objective statement will not leave them guessing as to what role you'll play in their company, it will provide a concrete picture of "what's in it for them" and show that you've taken the time to identify the needs of the company. Consider this sample objective statement from the third link in the Additional Resources section: "A Data Entry position where skills in spreadsheet development and troubleshooting can improve efficiency and enhance profitability." Though a little light on specifics describing his experience and goals, this data entry professional has made a clear statement of what he will contribute to the company.
Focusing on the two elements above will make for a strong objective statement. Another recommendation is to tailor each resume objective you write to the specific position for which you're applying. In other words, don't just make one resume for all your applications. If possible, use language found in the job advertisement to fit your objective to the company's needs. A lack of experience doesn't have to prevent a resume from looking serious, just be sure you're applying for the appropriate position. Avoid one-word objectives, like "writer" or "management." Those who have more experience should focus on how that experience will benefit the company, rather than focusing on their own "advancement," "growth," or "development."
Joseph Nicholson is an independent analyst whose publishing achievements include a cover feature for "Futures Magazine" and a recurring column in the monthly newsletter of a private mint. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and is currently attending law school in San Francisco.