How To Write A Killer Career Objective
Knowing how to write a killer career objective is just one of the many most important fundamentals required for a professional resume that generates results. But how do you write a powerful career objective, what do I start and most importantly, why do I need one?
Let’s examine these a little further. But before we do, keep in mind of the comparative differences between a career objective and a career summary. They both serve two different purposes. Next week’s blog will focus specifically on writing a killer career summary or overview.
Why you need to have a powerful career objective
I won’t bother going into the ins and outs of how your resume needs a powerful career objective to get the attention of a recruiter. You’re overall resume should already serve that purpose. However, you need to ask yourself this? Am I proactively job searching, or have I been sourced by a recruiter or hiring manager.
Career objectives are about the end goal. It’s a summary of where you’ve been, and what you’re trying to achieve. A career summary focuses on measurable achievements.
If you’re currently in the process of applying for jobs advertised on sites such as seek, monster, indeed and APS jobs, or even contacting recruiters to introduce yourself, then a powerful career objective presents an overall statement of your career goals.
If you have a LinkedIn profile, you’re header is a great place to begin brainstorming.
Step 1: Formulating your career objective
Write down your career goals and look at what you are trying to achieve. Are you looking to broaden your skill base, become an expert in your field, and learn new skills for future employment?
Step 2: What type of professional am I?
Write down the industry that work in and sum it up with the type of professional you are. Are you a corporate services professional with specialist skills in HR metrics, or perhaps or you are a financial planner specialising in self managed superannuation.
Step 3: What’s your end goal?
Are you looking to broaden your horizons? Perhaps your looking to specialise in another niche of your industry, or perhaps you are identifying the right workplace that can already capitalise on your skills and capabilities.
Tip: Don’t forget some powerful accomplishment verbs
These little words can give your career objective a dramatic push, so don’t under estimate its potential. Using words such as achieved, completed, expanded, exceeded, improved, pioneered, successed, surpassed and transformed gives your resume much added value to a recruiter or potential employer.
As you follow these steps you’ll find that you’re career objective for your resume becomes clear. So to conclude, what are your career goals, what type of professional are you and what is your specific end goal with a measurable accomplishment?
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