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Some people strongly suggest including a summary of your career objective after the name and contact information. Others think that it is not necessary to clearly state which job you are seeking. Our advice is that if you are sending your resume directly to the person who reviews candidates only for this position, then you do not need to cover resume objective. Otherwise, you shall include. Also, if you are including your cover letter where you clearly indicate what kinds of job you are are applying for, it is not necessary to include this resume summary.

An objective should be clearly stated, and really what you the employer want to read.

If you prefer to include a short list of your skills rather than a resume objective, here is a good place to do so. In general, these skills are perfectly matching the need of the employer.

Below you will find a sample resume summary for job objective.

Type of Career Field

  • List your target career area, e.g. marketing, teaching, electrical engineering, etc.
  • For employers with multiple career areas available, up to 3 career areas may be listed - EXAMPLES: accounting or financial management; marketing, sales, or corporate relations; etc.

Type of Position

  • Full-time, internship, co-op, summer, part-time

Skills Emphasis

  • There are times when listing the important skills for the position in the objective with a statement like - "with opportunity to utilize strong communication and organizational skills" may be helpful. However, if this is part of your objective, be sure that the skills mentioned are relevant to the career goal and are demonstrated through the experiences listed in the resume

Type of Environment/Industry

  • To help employers feel that you are interested in working for them, indicating their work environment in the objective is effective - EXAMPLES: medium-sized company vs. large corporation; comprehensive university vs. liberal arts college; government agency vs. non-profit organization; etc.
  • Additionally, listing the industry solidifies your interest, e.g. banking industry, manufacturing industry, educational institution, financial organization, etc.

Sample Resume Objectives

The following are examples of resume objective.

OBJECTIVE: To secure a sales position within a major electronics products corporation with opportunity to utilize my outstanding communicational skills

OBJECTIVE: To secure a manager position within the accounting industry.

OBJECTIVE: To secure an internship position to gain hands-on experience in public accounting.

OBJECTIVE: To secure a part-time position within a travel agency to obtain knowledge and experience in the sales and marketing field.

OBJECTIVE: To secure an entry-level position as a coordinator for a web hosting company.



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