Sample Resume Objectives: What
They All Tend To Miss
Sample resume objectives. When a
harried and possibly panicked job seeker finds one he thinks
is good, he feels like the drowning man who just got
But as Shakespeare said, there's something rotten in
Denmark. Or in that sample you thought would save you.
The problem is that sample resume objectives all tend to
miss one thing. It's truly shocking to me that they do. But
they're usually free, and often they're worth about what you
The thing they miss is that a resume objective isn't about
"What?!", you say, "Of course it's about me!"
That's probably what you've been taught. I'm sure it's what
some people have told you. Just the words "resume objective"
plant a bad seed in your mind.
Those words suggest...no, they SAY...that you should state
the objective of your resume. That's poppycock. There's only
one purpose of an objective statement on a resume, and
that's to state how you can give your new employer profit.
Any resume objective statement that doesn't do that is
garbage. That's certainly where your resume will end up.
Those kinds of objective statements all translate into "get
a job." That brilliantly states the obvious.
Every potential employer knows you want a job. In fact,
there's nothing wrong with saying you want the job. But your
objective statement isn't where you want to do it. You do it
in your cover letter (indirectly), and in the job interview.
Your resume is your commercial for the improved profit you
can add to your new employer. It's not about you, or what
you want. Nothing, and I mean nothing, sells like the
promise of windfall profits.
Sample resume objectives you're likely to find online miss
that point entirely. Here's an example:
"A challenging job in an industrial setting performing
chemical syntheses and characterizations; the ideal position
will offer diverse tasks and the opportunity to work with a
Oh boy. Let's see. If I'm a potential employer reading that
resume, all I see is that this person wants a job. Maybe I
get that he's a chemist. Maybe I infer that he's a good team
player. Maybe...I'm bored already. It's too much work to
figure out what he'll do for me.
In the bin. Next!
Don't believe for a second that you simply need to copy some
resume objective you find online. A better strategy is to
steal..ahem...creatively borrow all the good ideas you can
and create your own.
(c) Copyright 2005 by Roy Miller
An article by Roy Miller, creator of
http://www.Job-Search-Guidepost.com. He recently
developed a simple, powerful, job-winning resume template
package. You can get your FREE copy here: free resume
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