How To Write A Resume Objective Statement (Examples Included) (2023)

By Mike Simpson

UPDATED 5/18/2022

How To Write A Resume Objective Statement (Examples Included) (1)

Resumes. We all know what they are. We all know how important having a good one is…and how much a bad one can hurt your ability to get your dream job. That’s why reviewing different resume objective examples is essential, ensuring you can create well-crafted, carefully targeted resumes for hiring managers.

So, how do you make sure your resume objective – and entire application – stands out? We’ll tell you. Come with us as we explore some resume objective statement examples, as well as tips on how to ensure yours shines.

What is a Resume Objective?

“My objective? Well, that’s easy. My objective is to get the job.”

Absolutely, we couldn’t agree more. But an objective on your resume is so much more than just writing, “Hey, hire me. I’m super awesome.”

So, what is an objective for a resume?

Well, according to the Marquette University College of Business Administration, “an objective statement is a concise, position-centered statement describing the value you can add and the needs you can fulfill.”

Our friends over at Indeed.com take it a step further, saying: “A well-written resume objective statement can be customized for the job you’re applying for and add value to your resume that sets it apart from other applicants.”

Essentially, a resume objective is a targeted snippet that clearly outlines your career direction while simultaneously positioning you as someone who fits what the employer is looking for exactly.

Sounds pretty ingenious, right? So why don’t more people have them on their resumes?

Resume objectives can be a bit controversial. Some people think they can make you look amateurish…which, if you don’t do it correctly, is absolutely true. But that can be said for any section of your resume.

Other schools of thought think that the objectives should be taken out entirely and replaced with the more popular “resume summary statement.”

You may be wondering, “What if I use a resume objective and the hiring manager looks at it and laughs? Are they going to throw out my resume…or worse, put it on the wall of shame?”

Now, nobody is going to laugh at your resume objective as long as you use the right approach. Additionally, if your career is moving in certain directions, using a resume objective makes more sense than the alternatives.

When Should You Use a Resume Objective?

Are you relatively new to the job search market or lack work experience?

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Are you changing industries?

Are you targeting a specific job or position?

If you answered “YES” to any of these above questions, then the resume objective is potentially perfect. If you answered “NO” to all of the above questions, you might be better off with a “Resume Summary Statement.”

For those of you in the middle of a career change or who might just be starting out, a resume objective statement allows you to define your goal to a potential employer…something that your work history might not otherwise be able to do for you.

Imagine how confused a hiring manager would be if they were looking for candidates to fill an office coordinator position and you sent in a resume with ten years of experience in marketing. Without an objective statement, the hiring manager might just assume your resume has been accidentally sent to them and simply discard it.

With an objective statement, you can not only let the hiring manager know that your resume IS in the right spot but also explain that you’re making the switch and show that your skill set does align with this new career path.

If you’re targeting a specific job or position, a resume objective statement can help reinforce that idea that you know EXACTLY what you’re after. That can work in your favor, too.

Overall, and most importantly, the biggest reason to put an objective on your resume is…it’s better than having nothing. Remember, your goal is to catch the hiring manager’s eye and stand out from the rest of the paper in that pile.

Common Mistakes

There are several common mistakes job seekers can make when writing their statement with the number one being using the same objective for every job application.

1) Using the Same Objective For Every Job Application

EXAMPLE:

To obtain a job within my chosen field that will challenge me and allow me to use my education, skills and past experiences in a way that is mutually beneficial to both myself and my employer and allow for future growth and advancement.

Your goal is to be the ideal candidate and that means making sure you’re exactly what the hiring manager is looking for…and unless you’re applying to a cookie cutter factory in a cookie cutter job town where every job every employer is listing is exactly the same then I guarantee you 100% that your statement will NOT be a “one size fits all” statement.

Next!

2) Making It All About You

This is a trap that many job seekers fall into, as they can’t resist to use the objective to list off all of the things that they want to get out of the position.

EXAMPLE:

Hi, I’m Joe Jobseeker and I really want a job in a company where I make a ton of money doing as little as possible. Oh, and a corner office. A company car would be nice too. While we’re at it, let’s talk benefits, retirement…and the company vacation policy.

Yes, we’re being over the top with this one, but we need you to look at this and laugh…because even a slightly toned down one where you list only what YOU want is going to come off just as ridiculous to the hiring manager as the one we’ve blown out of proportion.

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3) Being Too Vague

Mistake number three is being vague. Like we said, this isn’t a one size fits all so by being ambiguous in the hopes of somewhat fitting what they’re looking for is going to get your resume sent directly to the circular file. (In case you don’t know, the circular file is the trash can. It just sounds fancier but the end result is the same…no job.)

EXAMPLE:

Looking for a long term full time job where I can apply my extensive skills and knowledge to the position for which I am hired.

Blah. Who is this person? All we know by reading this statement is that they have skills and knowledge…but other than that, not much else. What skills do they have? Do they really apply to the job? And what knowledge can they draw from that will benefit the company? See what we mean? It’s so generic you could literally fit anything into those blanks…it’s like Resume Mad Libs!

Next.

4) Going On… And On… And On… And On… and zzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Mistake number four is being too long. This isn’t a novel. It’s a quick little blurb to catch their attention so they can bring you in for an interview…then you can get into more detail!

EXAMPLE:

Not going to put one here. Why? Because the example we were going to do was going to be so long and ridiculous that you and everyone else reading this post would just get bored and move onto another article. Just remember, it’s all about short and sweet. Anything over a sentence or two is TOO LONG. Remember that.

5) Adding Absolutely No Value

Mistake number five is probably the worst…and the easiest to fall into (outside of mistake number two, the “all about me” statement.) Mistake number five is writing a statement that basically fills space but doesn’t tell the hiring manager anything about the value you bring to the table. This can also be confused with the too vague statement…

EXAMPLE:

To obtain a position within my chosen field where I can utilize my skills as a hard-working, well-educated employee in exchange for a steady market-fair paycheck.

Congratulations. You’re educated and you’re hard working and you want to make money. So what? So are 90% of the people you’re going up against. Why are YOU the ideal candidate? What makes the hiring manager want to bring YOU in over everyone else? See what we mean?

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:

How are you going to fulfill the needs of the company?

When writing your resume objective, you should always have the intention of answering this question.

How To Write An Effective Resume Objective

So how do you write a GOOD resume objective?

One thing every one of these bad examples has in common is the fact that not a single one of them is tailored to the position you’re looking for. Any hiring manager who looks at a resume with objectives like those is going to immediately move on to the next candidate.

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Why?

Because whoever those potential hires are, they’re not ideal candidates. You need to not only catch the hiring manager’s eye; you must make sure that they look at your statement and say, “Here’s the perfect fit!”

So, how do you make it happen? Well, a really good place to start is by looking at the job description. According to Indeed.com, “…when you include an objective that’s specific to the job role, the recruiter is more likely to dig deeper and learn more details about your professional experience.”

After that, make sure it’s tailored to not only the position but the company as well. By incorporating a few tidbits that speak to the company’s mission and values, you can take that quick statement up a notch.

Nice, right?

Additionally, focus on how you’re a benefit to the company, not how the company can benefit you. Showcase value, ensuring you point out what you bring to the table.

Keep it short and sweet, too. Skip overblown adjectives in favor of action verbs, which will help “raise the energy levels” of your objective and ensure that it is more dynamic and interesting.

If you’re someone who is changing careers, demonstrate how your past experiences relate to your future tasks. The same goes for those who are just starting out or who are relatively inexperienced.

Resume Objective Examples

In some cases, nothing makes the points above clearer quite like a few resume objective examples. Here are a handful of samples, each targeting different situations.

New to Workforce, No High School Diploma

“Diligent, dedicated individual looking to apply communication and collaboration skills in a fast-paced customer service role. A self-motivated team player with an outgoing personality who’s ready to learn the ins and outs of a new industry and provide ample value to a retail employer.”

New to Workforce, No College

“Well-organized high school honor graduate with exceptional problem-solving and collaboration skills seeking opportunities in the office administration field where strong communication, time management, and research skills can provide excellent value to an employer.”

College Student, Aspiring Intern

“Current accounting student with an emphasis on accounts payable and accounts receivable seeking developmental opportunities with a local firm. Diligent, focused, and tech-savvy, looking to provide value to a skilled team.”

Recent College Graduate

“Hard-working business administration graduate with proven leadership and organizational skills. Looking to leverage knowledge or operational processes, emerging commercial trends, and supply machine management to increase efficiency and support broader productivity goals.”

Recent College Graduate with Internship Experience

“Honor graduate with a Bachelor’s in Human Resources and one year of experience at a leading staffing firm looking to leverage a deep understanding of leading ATS solutions, modern interview techniques, and conflict resolution strategies to support the goals of an enterprise-level HR department.”

Career Change

“Ambitious professional looking to leverage 5+ years of customer service experience and exceptional communication skills in the fast-paced field of real estate. Proven ability to build lasting, long-term relationships, understand client needs, and find solutions designed to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Career Change with New Education

“Experienced accounting professional and recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s in IT looking to leverage mathematical and analytical capabilities in a data analyst role with an enterprise-level employer. Impeccable attention to detail and organizational skills, as well as strong desire to learn and grow on the job.”

Targeting Specific Role

“Skilled software developer with 7+ years of experience with Java, Python, and C++ seeking out opportunities in team-oriented environments that prioritize Agile methodologies, Lean strategies, and DevOps principles to accelerate timelines and achieve challenging goals.”

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Speaking of specific roles, we thought that it might be prudent to dig deeper into a couple careers that we get the most questions about (in terms of resume objectives). Here are our deep-dive articles into Teacher Resume Objectives, Customer Service Resume Objectives and Nursing Resume Objectives. Enjoy!

Putting It All Together

So, there you have it. We’ve covered what a resume objective statement is, who should use one, and how to properly execute it. Plus, there are some handy resume objective examples that can serve as inspiration.

While some people might claim that the objective statement for a resume is outdated, if done properly, it can make a difference. Use all of the information above to your advantage. That way, you’ll be one step closer to your dream job.

Good luck!

Ok the next thing you should do is get our handy Resume Objective Cheat Sheet PDF.

In it you'll get word-for-word sample resume objectives covering a variety of scenarios you can use right away.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RESUME OBJECTIVE CHEAT SHEET

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Co-Founder and CEO of TheInterviewGuys.com. Mike is a job interview and career expert and the head writer at TheInterviewGuys.com.

His advice and insights have been shared and featured by publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNBC and more as well as educational institutions such as the University of Michigan, Penn State, Northeastern and others.

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FAQs

What should be included in the objective of a resume? ›

A resume objective is a short introduction of you and your career goals. To write a resume objective, mention the job title you want, add 2–3 key skills, and explain what you want to achieve in this job. Write 2–3 sentences. Resume objectives are best for candidates with little work experience.

What is an example of an objective statement for a resume? ›

General career objective examples

To secure a challenging position in a reputable organization to expand my learnings, knowledge, and skills. Secure a responsible career opportunity to fully utilize my training and skills, while making a significant contribution to the success of the company.

What are some examples of objectives? ›

6 Examples of Objectives
  • Education. Passing an exam is an objective that is necessary to achieve the goal of graduating from a university with a degree.
  • Career. Gaining public speaking experience is an objective on the path to becoming a senior manager.
  • Small Business. ...
  • Sales. ...
  • Customer Service. ...
  • Banking.
11 Jan 2017

Which sentence is an example of an objective statement? ›

For example, the sentence “The temperature outside is around 10°C” is an objective statement, because that statement will be equally true no matter who says it. Anybody in the world with a working thermometer could verify this statement.

Should you include objective on resume? ›

Applicants who include an objective often do so to reinforce goals (1) in case an employer reads their resume first or (2) to provide a reminder of their goals within the resume itself. Ultimately, the decision to include or omit an objective statement is up to you and both approaches are professionally acceptable.

Do you need an objective on a resume 2022? ›

The market is tight, so if you're eager for a position and know how to sell yourself, you can use your resume objective to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Remember, since objectives aren't required now, most people skip them. If you have the only objective in a sea of resumes, it just might help.

What is a good objective for a resume for career change? ›

Create a list of your career goals. When changing careers, your resume objective demonstrates how your previous experiences align with your current goals. For example, your goals might be to leverage specific skills or pursue a passion of yours.

What is a good objective? ›

Objectives should be clear, well defined and unambiguous. Each objective should be focussed on one key outcome. Measurable: Objectives should be measurable so that you can demonstrate it has been achieved.

What are the 5 smart objectives? ›

What are SMART goals? The SMART in SMART goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

How do you write an objective example? ›

Here are some tips to help you get started:
  1. Identify the Level of Knowledge Necessary to Achieve Your Objective. Before you begin writing objectives, stop and think about what type of change you want your training to make. ...
  2. Select an Action Verb. ...
  3. Create Your Very Own Objective. ...
  4. Check Your Objective. ...
  5. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
5 Jun 2022

What are the 3 types of objectives? ›

There are three basic types of objectives.
  • Process objectives. These are the objectives that provide the groundwork or implementation necessary to achieve your other objectives. ...
  • Behavioral objectives. ...
  • Community-level outcome objectives.

How objectives should be written? ›

Objectives are written in an active tense and use strong verbs like plan, write, conduct, produce, etc. rather than learn, understand, feel. Objectives can help you focus your program on what matters.

How do you write an objective paragraph? ›

How to Write Objectively
  1. Be specific instead of vague or general. ...
  2. Do not use opinionated, prejudiced, or exclusive language. ...
  3. Avoid using first person to keep it more professional and less about you. ...
  4. Try not to over exaggerate your writing.
22 Aug 2021

What should resumes look like in 2022? ›

Use a simple, easy to read format

This helps the ATS scan your resume more properly. What does simple mean? No over-complicated fonts, easy on the different typefaces, plenty of white space. However, simple doesn't have to mean boring.

What should you not include on a resume check all that apply? ›

There's no need to include personal information on a resume such as your social security number, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, or spiritual beliefs.

What is an objective statement? ›

They are short statements that describe exactly what you want. While your overarching goal, for example, may be to get a job, your resume statement may state that you want a job as a nurse. In a business context, objective statements provide precise details about how you plan to achieve a business goal.

What is the first thing listed on your resume? ›

Include your job title, your employer's name, the city and state in which it is located. Also list the start and end dates (month and year) of your employment. For each position, add a summary of your responsibilities and accomplishments. Supported three department managers with word processing, scheduling, and filing.

What are your career objectives? ›

What is a Career Objective? Your career objective is a personal statement defining the specifics you wish to attain via professional work. 1. It's personal: Others may share similar goals, but your objective should state your goals in terms that are comfortable to you. 2.

What is a career statement example? ›

I offer experience in leading and managing diverse teams, motivating them to achieve business objectives through innovative and creative solutions which positively contribute to the bottom line. To this end, I am now seeking an opportunity where I can utilise my expertise to deliver strategic procurement programs.

How do you write a summary for a resume? ›

An effective resume summary follows this formula: Professional Title (if relevant) + Key Experiences (with the total number of years worked) + Top Achievements (preferably measurable results) + Top Skills/Expertise/Unique Values (relevant to the job and industry).

What are smart objectives examples? ›

Examples of SMART goals.
  • Specific – Increase recurring revenue in 2021.
  • Measurable – Achieve a 25% increase versus one year earlier.
  • Attainable – Improve upon 2018 performance with 15% increase through new customers and reduced churn.
  • Relevant – Revenue is the engine that drives our profitability.
18 Mar 2022

What are 3 features of a good objective? ›

Remember, every objective must start with the word , "To." An easy way to remember the characteristics of a good objective, is the acronym, "SMART." It stands for "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound."

How do I write a performance goal for myself? ›

How do you create goals for a self-performance review?
  1. Specific: SMART goals should be specific, narrow, clear and easy to understand. ...
  2. Measurable: Goals should include clear metrics that make it easy to measure progress. ...
  3. Attainable: It's important that goals are attainable to help avoid burnout and stay motivated.

How do you write a professional goal statement? ›

What are some basic tips for writing a professional goals statement? Be concrete and specific, your examples should demonstrate your strengths and the reasons for why you are a good “match”. Do not exaggerate or make things up. Your writing should be centered on one common theme or thesis.

What are the four main things that objectives should specify? ›

Objectives will include 4 distinct components: Audience, Behavior, Condition and Degree. Objectives must be both observable and measurable to be effective. Use of words like understand and learn in writing objectives are generally not acceptable as they are difficult to measure.

What is an example of a measurable objective? ›

Measurable: I will earn a B or better on my MAT 101 midterm exam. Achievable: I will meet with a math tutor every week to help me focus on my weak spots. Relevant: I'd like to reduce my student loans next semester.

What is a skill objective? ›

They indicate the desirable knowledge, skills, or attitudes to be gained. An instructional objective is the focal point of a lesson plan. Objectives are the foundation upon which you can build lessons and assessments and instruction that you can prove meet your overall course or lesson goals.

What is goal and objective with examples? ›

Goals can be intangible and non-measurable, but objectives are defined in terms of tangible targets. For example, the goal to “provide excellent customer service” is intangible, but the objective to “reduce customer wait time to one minute” is tangible and helps in achieving the main goal.

What are the short term objectives? ›

Short-term objectives are measurable outcomes achievable or intended to be achieved in one year or less. They are specific, usually quantitative, results operating managers set out to achieve in the immediate future.

What are general and specific objectives? ›

Specific objectives are detailed objectives that describe what will be researched during the study, whereas the general objective is a much broader statement about what the study aims to achieve overall.

How do you write a good objective? ›

4 must-know tips for writing objectives
  1. Objectives should be inspirational and easy to remember. ...
  2. Objectives should be qualitative. ...
  3. Objectives should be actionable and achievable in a quarter. ...
  4. Objectives should provide business value.

Do you need an objective on a resume 2022? ›

The market is tight, so if you're eager for a position and know how to sell yourself, you can use your resume objective to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Remember, since objectives aren't required now, most people skip them. If you have the only objective in a sea of resumes, it just might help.

What is a good objective? ›

Objectives should be clear, well defined and unambiguous. Each objective should be focussed on one key outcome. Measurable: Objectives should be measurable so that you can demonstrate it has been achieved.

What is a good objective for a resume for career change? ›

Create a list of your career goals. When changing careers, your resume objective demonstrates how your previous experiences align with your current goals. For example, your goals might be to leverage specific skills or pursue a passion of yours.

What are the 5 smart objectives? ›

What are SMART goals? The SMART in SMART goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

What are smart objectives examples? ›

Examples of SMART goals.
  • Specific – Increase recurring revenue in 2021.
  • Measurable – Achieve a 25% increase versus one year earlier.
  • Attainable – Improve upon 2018 performance with 15% increase through new customers and reduced churn.
  • Relevant – Revenue is the engine that drives our profitability.
18 Mar 2022

How do you start an objective? ›

Each objective should begin with a verb that describes an observable behavior, such as "describe, summarize, demonstrate, compare, plan, score", etc. You can observe the participant and measure how well the objective was met.

What should you not include on a resume check all that apply? ›

There's no need to include personal information on a resume such as your social security number, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, or spiritual beliefs.

What should resumes look like in 2022? ›

Use a simple, easy to read format

This helps the ATS scan your resume more properly. What does simple mean? No over-complicated fonts, easy on the different typefaces, plenty of white space. However, simple doesn't have to mean boring.

What is an objective statement? ›

They are short statements that describe exactly what you want. While your overarching goal, for example, may be to get a job, your resume statement may state that you want a job as a nurse. In a business context, objective statements provide precise details about how you plan to achieve a business goal.

What are 3 features of a good objective? ›

Remember, every objective must start with the word , "To." An easy way to remember the characteristics of a good objective, is the acronym, "SMART." It stands for "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound."

How do you write a smart objective? ›

For each objective ask yourself whether it is:
  1. Specific. Will everyone be able to understand it? ...
  2. Measurable. Clear targets allow you to measure whether you are making the progress you expect or have anticipated.
  3. Agreed, attainable and achievable. ...
  4. Realistic and resourced. ...
  5. Timebound.

What are your career objectives? ›

What is a Career Objective? Your career objective is a personal statement defining the specifics you wish to attain via professional work. 1. It's personal: Others may share similar goals, but your objective should state your goals in terms that are comfortable to you. 2.

What is a career statement example? ›

I offer experience in leading and managing diverse teams, motivating them to achieve business objectives through innovative and creative solutions which positively contribute to the bottom line. To this end, I am now seeking an opportunity where I can utilise my expertise to deliver strategic procurement programs.

How do you write a summary for a resume? ›

An effective resume summary follows this formula: Professional Title (if relevant) + Key Experiences (with the total number of years worked) + Top Achievements (preferably measurable results) + Top Skills/Expertise/Unique Values (relevant to the job and industry).

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