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Resume Objective: 3 Common Mistakes

26 Jan, 2015

Resume Objective: 3 Common Mistakes

In most cases, you really want to use a summary or branding statement instead of an objective on your resume. A branding statement or summary is far more detailed, specific, and interesting than an objective statement. However, there are certainly situations where an objective is needed. And when it is, you want to avoid the mistakes below to make sure the objective makes the cut.

1. Being too generic.

Saying “Seeking a job” or “Wanting to use my skills” is too basic to be eye-catching. Presumably, anyone applying for the position would also utilize their skills, experience, and education. Instead, show the employer something specific about you. How can you quickly show the employer why you are qualified for the position? Why are you different from the other candidates?

2. Forgetting to be specific with your field and desired role.

Similarly, forgetting to include your desired goals may make it difficult for the employer to tell immediately if you are qualified or not. Sometimes, a recruiter might be looking for several positions at once. The easier you can make it for the employer, the more likely they are to continue reading. Either directly name the position or include a specific field you are applying in.

3. Neglecting to include your relevant qualifications.

It is not enough to simply list that you are applying for a position; you must also state why you are the right candidate. This is your opportunity to immediately show the recruiter your best skills. Point out the best, most relevant pieces on your resume in the objective.

Remember to make sure that an objective works for your experience and then make the most of it! Remember, the objective should be the last thing you use; use a summary or branding statement where possible.

Avoiding these common pitfalls will ensure that your objective is powerful and leaves the employer wanting to read more.

Laura Gonzalez

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