Writing a well-crafted resume objective is as important as wearing nice shoes to an interview.
Here is the catch though, just as how you wouldn’t wear flip-flops to an interview
you wouldn’t wear your shiny shoes to beach.
The point is very simple, you may not need a resume objective section at all if you fit
in one of the categories that I will talk about just now;
I am Deniz Sasal.
I am a manager with PwC Consulting and the creator of Landing Interviews Guaranteed and
The Career Mastery.
I have been interviewing thousands of candidates for quite a long time and I’d like to share
with you the perspective of a hiring manager when it comes to your career.
Alright let’s continue; ] If you have plenty of experience you don’t
really need resume objective.
What you need is a resume summary.
One exception to this is if you are changing your career field and venturing into a new
Resume objective may end up making you look like a fresh graduate or simply, an amateur.
But if you are a recent graduate, or looking to change your domain then resume objective
is what you need.
Again, first things first; What NOT to say in resume objective section?
X First of all, this is not a section where you write down what you have always wanted
Here is a few more; X Don’t use a generic objective for all
It will hurt your chances more than it will help.
You are trying to collect points in every little section of your resume.
Plus, resume objective is the first section in your resume so it’s even more important.
Remember, that’s the first thing they see…
X Avoid writing long paragraphs.
It should be short, simple, and effective.
Hiring managers will only browse through it.
They don’t have time to go over it in great detail.
X Another one; Don’t use fillers.
Whatever you say needs to serve a particular objective.
It needs to help you position yourself for that role.
X It’s not about you!
It’s about what you give to the organization.
Leverage your experience and skills and explain briefly how they will benefit them.
What to say in your resume objective?
Alright let’s get to the good bits.
The number one tip I can give you here is to make your resume objective as specific
and as tailored as possible to the needs of the organization.
You already read the job description, you have so much knowledge as to who their ideal
Essentially, in this section you are looking to write down only a couple of sentences.
That’s about it.
The more you write in this section the less attention hiring managers will have left for
the rest of your resume.
Because, ideally, you would want your experiences section to shine not necessarily the objective
Alright let’s move on.
Your resume objective needs to answer two questions;
One; What position are you applying to?
Two; What’s your relevant experience and skills?
Let’s say you are a fresh graduate with very limited work experience.
This would be a good template to use; To obtain the position of junior analyst with
PwC where I can leverage my high quality education from Cass Business School and consulting skills
I gained from my internships at McKinsey.
So this was fine for a fresh graduate.
But, If you have years of experience in that domain, then you’d want to show that; right?
Then something like this would be better; Dedicated management consultant with 12 years
of experience around the world.
Served over 100 clients with project values exceeding USD 200m total.
Received “Consulting Falcon Award” two consecutive years.
Looking to continue my achievements with XXX.
Alright, now a few more tips.
I need you to remember that while writing your resume objective, this is also true for
the entire resume really, try to use action verbs.
Action verbs are those that allow you to describe a boring task or experience more, uhmm “dynamically”.
They add color to your sentences, allowing you to show your enthusiasm.
They are also proven to get more attention from readers.
In simple words, they work!
Here are some examples that you can use in your resume
Maximized Solved Designed Composed Consulted Coordinated Controlled
Enlisted Formulated Lectured Persuaded Presented
Recruited Conducted Interpreted Measured Constructed Specialized
Upgraded Enabled Enough?
I think you get the point.
Don’t treat these as “must-haves” though.
They may or may not give you 1 additional point.
My suggestion is that write a sentence or two and then move on.
Don’t think writing the best resume objective will give you that job.
It’s like ticking the box.
Don’t spend an hour compiling the list of all the action verbs just to maybe use one
or two of them.
Pick one or two from this and you will be fine.
Let’s recap some of the highlights of this video;
- Don’t use resume objective if you are an experienced hire.
Resume summary will better suit you - Make it as specific and as tailored as you
can to the role you are applying to.
Mention the company name and role if you can.
- Try to use action verbs – but don’t spend hours finding the right ones.
- Remember to focus on what they will benefit rather than what you will benefit.
It’s about them not you.
That’s it really.
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