The ‘Objective’ of Your Résumé

How to chart out your life’s objectives in a simple one page résumé

Jagran Josh
Feb 21, 2011, 17:03 IST
The Objective of Your Resume
The Objective of Your Resume

How to chart out your life’s objectives in a simple one page résumé

For most résumés that the recruiter gets these days, the story starts with the applicant’s personal details, and ends close below. And it goes long. Sticking by its definition is a good idea when it comes to résumé making. What is required is a summary. Understanding this will help you make a concise and crisp one page document, which conveys all the necessary information in a quick glance.

What’s on the perfect résumé?
When it comes to making the perfect résumé, listing your objectives is indispensible. Most recruiters would like to see how you think you are going to shape your career, and whether this will be the defining role in you long employment stint. The résumé objective is, simply put, what you wish to achieve by sending your résumé to the company. There can only be one possible explanation for this, presuming you are a serious candidate, and that would be to get the job at hand. This should be mentioned in your employment objective.

Technically, employment and career objective sections should be separate on you résumé. The second should follow from where the first left off. In this way, you immediate objective is a subset of what you wish to achieve in the course of your career. Now with this, there are several combinations which have baffled new applicants over the years.

When study does not complement employment
Many of you will try to find work even when you are studying. It is not necessary that you find a job which you are training for, probably because you have not completed study yet. In this case, it is best to list you objectives accordingly. The company might have the position you are aiming for, but is not prepared to offer it to you right away. You would gain great experience just shadowing people at the workplace, while still earning in your current position. Your career objectives should be centered on your area of study, while the employment objectives should carry your aim of acquiring the immediate job. Not only will it save them the effort of training a new employee later on, but will also make you preferred for the current overqualified position.

Hesitant? Don’t be one of them!
Most people would think that their career objectives might sound farfetched or fail to convince the employer. Firstly, this is a grand misunderstanding. The employer will not be affected so much by whether these goals are achievable or not, but rather by you ambitiousness and understanding of the field.
You must therefore elucidate briefly, how you plan to go about achieving these career goals. If you go on impressing prospective employers like this, you might just find these goals sooner within reach.  

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Goals look more realistic when you give an approximate time period in which you hope to achieve them. Listing your objectives should have reference to when or how long into your career each achievement will occur. Here also, researching the company helps because you will need to know how the employer plans promotions and what positions will be available to you after a stipulated period of time.

If thinking that getting the current job made you the luckiest or the smartest person in the world, this is a section where you need to hide this feeling. It needs to show your perspective as a professional, and interviewers would love to know how you plan to become their boss. There is nothing as impressive as explaining impossible looking aims in a step by step matter of fact way. So long as you do your homework and a little planning in advance, the objectives section could make the crucial difference to your résumé.


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