What’s your objective? Determining if, when and how to use an objective on your resume

Writing a resume can be confusing. With so many styles and formats, how do you know which one is best for you? Should you use an objective, and if so, how should you construct it? This is a question that divides many career counselors. Many argue for them since they can quickly present your skills and desired position, but those who argue against them say they are often so poor that they defeat that purpose.What is a resume objective?An objective is a short blurb that conveys your experience, training and skills and briefly outlines what kind of position you are looking for. They can range from one to several sentences. An objective is essentially a summary of who you are and what you are looking for. Objectives are not necessary; you can use your cover letter or a skills and qualifications summary on your resume to convey these things instead.An objective can benefit you.An objective can be a quickly customizable way to tailor your resume to a specific job, which will impress employers. It’s a good way to convey your goals and aspirations; a well written objective can help someone scanning your resume to quickly decide if you will go into the yes pile. If you are changing careers or are entry-level, an objective can help you since your desired position may not be discernible from your work history alone.However, an objective might not benefit you.You don’t want your objective to be overly vague and therefore meaningless, but an overly specific objective may take you out of the running if it doesn’t exactly match the job opening. However, creating a customized objective for each job application could prevent this. Many objectives are too vague, which makes them wasted space on your resume. If you use one, be clear, concise and direct.If you have an objective, be sure to avoid common mistakes.Don’t emphasize your needs—instead, emphasize what you offer the employer. Don’t be too vague (for example, “seeking challenging opportunity with advancement potential”), and if you are very specific, have several resume versions with objectives that would fit specific positions. Most of all make your objective as concise as possible.Whether or not you choose to have an objective, you want to be sure to clearly illustrate your qualifications and desired position in your cover letter or with a qualifications or skills summary, so that human resources companies, like Solvo Global, can analyze it better.

Surfing the Net for Jobs

The Internet is the newest of the job seeking tools. As much as it can also be great for human resources companies, take Solvo Global for example – but today we’re not focusing on this. Any serious job search today MUST include the intelligent use of the Internet. The benefits of the Internet are in its vast access to information and the speed with which it can find and transmit information. The pitfall is that many job seekers rely on it exclusively and expect miracles. The Internet is a tool to assist you in implementing the job search campaign components.

Identify companies and contact persons

By using a variety of company identifying databases the job seeker no longer has to rely on research from volumes of directories. The info found online is also more likely to be up to date. Most browsers will suggest company or business listings and check out the websites for the industry association that fits your search targets – if you are looking for companies that offer employee wellness programs, for example, you can check that.

Find “Spot Opportunities”

Just by entering a few keywords identifying the product or service of your industry your web browser will locate hundreds of interesting websites and articles for you to peruse. Many business journals and major newspapers have their own websites as well. 

Review job openings

A person can get lost in all of the jobs posted on the Internet. So you must be smart in using this aspect of the Internet tool. First of all, remember the jobs posted on the Internet are PUBLISHED! Just like classified ads. You will be dealing with the gate-keepers, so follow the procedures suggested previously in this chapter concerning classified ads. Many of the nation’s major newspapers can be found through CareerPath (www. careerpath.com).