Job seekers who are creating their first resumes should consider using resume objectives. These objectives help to inform employers on how their needs can be fulfilled by potential employees. Think of a resume objective as a brief sales pitch to an employer, concerning the benefits you can bring to his or her company or organization, and/or job opportunity available.
Most college students and graduates understand how important their resume objectives are. Objectives tell employers what prospective entry level job candidates have to offer their organizations. However, sometimes we may forget that point and talk too much about our wants, causing an employer to lose interest in our resumes. Remember, the goal of your resume objective is to capture the employer’s attention immediately.
According to an article by Deborah S. Hildebrand, resume objectives don’t work. She says they are too general and are not effective to use for every job opportunity you apply for. Instead, she believes that job candidates should be using “resume headlines” as selling points to spark a potential employer’s interest in what they have to offer. In fact, Hildebrand compares resume headlines to newspaper headlines because both are designed to draw attention to the reader’s eyes. Your resume headline should highlight who you are in a sentence. For example, if you’re looking for an entry level job in accounting, you want to include information like your field of interest, education, and skills in your headline.
In her article, Hildebrand gives examples of both resume objectives and resume headlines. While she supports using headlines, she says that using objectives are okay, as long as they are tailored to a specific job. So, if you’re looking for an entry level job in accounting, adjust your resume objective for a certain accounting position, and/or the type of setting you would be working in. Remember to stay away from using personal pronouns (I, me, etc.) when writing your objective, and keep it short and to the point. Here is an example of a possible entry level resume objective:
“Seeking a position in the accounting field where excellent analytical and technical skills can be utilized to improve the company’s profitability”
I had never heard of the term resume headlines, until having read this article. It does make sense because your resume objective is supposed to capture the attention of an employer at first glance. Your objective should speak to an employer’s needs; in other words, it has to clearly emphasize the value you can add to the employer’s organization. So, the next time you’re writing a resume objective, think of it as making a headline on your resume for a potential employer to ponder over.
Job seekers must understand that their entry level resume objectives serve as their first impressions to potential employers. These objectives should appeal to the employer’s needs, and help clearly define you as a candidate for a job.
Some information provided by Alex Rudloff.