The major reason for a Resume/CV is to sell out yourself in written form to a potential employer detailing why you qualify for a job position. It is expected that as a job seeker, you would understand and give an answer to the predefined questions in a Resume/CV. One of such question is your Career Objective. Every established organisation has a goal and objectives and much likely to influence the objectives of a job seeker towards a job position. It is a pity that many job seekers copy and paste Career Objective without thinking of how much impact it has on the whole Resume/CV. For a fact, Career Objective is one of those section of a Resume/CV where recruiters may look at first glance.
Career: A job or occupation that is regarded as a long-term or lifelong activity
Objective: Goals or purpose intended to be obtained.
According to Resumegenius, it is a smart way to capture the attention of the hiring manager, if written correctly. This definition is right. I wrote how fresh graduate can get a job and claim that career objective is simply your first selling point.
To write an attractive Resume/CV, you must have little knowledge of the organisation. You must know the reason for their existence. That is if they are into products or services, their goals and objectives and if possible why they are recruiting at that point in time. With this at your fingertip, you will be able to write a compelling Career Objective because you not just selling yourself, you are also telling them you know something other job seekers don’t about the organisation; you have done your homework well. No recruiter would want to employ a complete novice into workforce except if the job position is anchored on a Graduate Trainee Programme.
One of those things that distinguish a Resume/CV is Career Objective and from it, a recruiter would know if you’re good for the next level of Resume/CV review or end up in the trash bin. If you are sending your Resume/CV to different organisations, you must have different Career Objective on each of them. There are some Career Objectives that are general but it will be better if you have different career objective for each. Your Career Objective should link with other information on your Resume/CV.
- It must be brief (avoid long stories).
- Avoid the use of jargons (unnecessary terminology) in your career objective.
- Your career objective should have a two-way direction – You and the organisation.
- Don’t brag about your achievement or what you would do.
- Avoid typo.
- Use active sentence
In short, career objective from a recruiter’s point of view simply means – why do you want to work for us. If a Bank Manager from SKYEBANK and a Human Resources Officer from GLO ask you such questions your answer would be different. So if you’re writing a Career Objective, it must be related to the job you’re applying for. A Career Objective for a full-time job differs from a part-time.
Lastly, I will not fail to mention Soft Keywords. They are words recruiters – depending on the organisation, wish to see on a Resume/CV. Soft keyword describe how your personality will influence productive while Strong Keywords are usually associated with the required qualifications for a job position
- Innovative ideas
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