3 Common Mistakes with the Objective Statement

In most cases, you want to use a summary or branding statement instead of an objective on your resume. But sometimes an objective is appropriate or necessary.  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? How can you show them that you are different than the rest?

2. Forgetting to list your field or the position you are applying for.

Similarly, forgetting to include your field 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.

Finally, 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 show the recruiter your best skills immediately. 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 make the most of it. Avoiding these common pitfalls will ensure that your objective is powerful and leaves the employer wanting to read more.

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