Writing an effective objective statement is tough. To make it easier, we have listed 50 objective statements from actual job seekers. You can see what works, and what doesn’t. A hiring manager will often read dozens, if not hundreds of resumes at a time. There is no shortage of job seekers. Reading through the list below can help you see the objective statements from the perspective of a hiring manager screening resumes. These are actual objective statements from resumes and are unedited, and are provided to give you an idea of how a typical resume starts. An objective statement on a resume can help you get a closer look from a hiring manager. Often, the person screening resumes will have a number of different positions that need to be filled. If it isn’t clear what your goals are, the screener may discard your resume without considering you for the specific job you seek. This is especially important if you are trying to break into a new career field. The object statements below offer a wide range of styles and content. As you read these, consider a few best practices for objective statements: •
Keep it Short: A hiring manage does not want to read a book on want you want. Make sure your objective is short and concise. Often one short sentence is sufficient. In the worst resumes, we have seen objectives that are in excess of 150 words. •
WIIFT: Your objective is “What’s In It For Me,” but your resume is sales pitch to get you hired. It needs to focus on “What’s In It For Them.” Provide just enough information in your objective for a hiring manager to know what job you are seeking, and get back to selling your potential. A good way to do this is by listing a key skill and how you have added value with the skill. Start with a short one line objective, concluding with specific skill you want to utilize. Then, after the objective statement, add three bullet points showing specific accomplishments using the skill. Make sure the accomplishments have specific, quantified results. •
Be Specific: Many of the objectives below do not say anything. Almost any job would meet the objective. If you are going to write an objective statement, it needs to be specific. What job and industry do you want? Saying you want to be part of a successful company, where you can utilize your skills and abilities, does not say anything. Who wants to work for a failing company where they are unqualified and can’t do the job? If you are going to take the time to put an objective statement on your resume, make it valuable. Few of the objective statements below satisfy these best practices, and this is typical of most resumes. Many are short, but that’s about all they have going for them. Look for the ones that are specific. Most are too general. You do not need to pick a single objective that you use for every application. You can and should change your resume to fit every employer and job you apply for. 1.
Objective: General Manager in an established and successful business. 2.
Position Targets: Director of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement Change Agent, Value Stream Manager, Lean Manufacturing Champion, Process Improvement Manager, Continuous Improvement Leader, Operations Manager and Management Process Improvement Consultant. 3.
OBJECTIVE: Obtain a challenging leadership position applying creative problem solving and lean management skills with a growing company to achieve optimum utilization of its resources and maximum profits. 4.
PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE: To continue my career with an organization that will utilize my MANAGEMENT, SUPERVISION & ADMINISTRATIVE skills to benefit mutual growth and success. 5.
Objective: I am currently looking for a full time position in an environment that offers a greater challenge, increased benefits for my family, and the opportunity to help the company advance efficiently and productively 6.
Objective Director of Operations/General Manager
JOB TARGET: My goal is to become...
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