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Sample Resume Objectives

When writing a resume many people leave off the objective.  Depending on your career level and title, this can be an okay move.  For the most part I suggest all entry level and mid career professionals include an objective on their resumes.  The purpose of the objective is to state your purpose.  You want to identify your desired title and tailor the resume by including the company’s name and if possible the department in which you want to work.  If you choose to, you can also describe your ideal environment. Optionally you may also include what you have to offer the company.  I strongly suggest you include this piece of information.  Remember you want to sell yourself, your experience and any contribution you have to offer the company.  Everybody wants to know what you can do for their organization. Here are three resume objective samples for you to consider tweaking and using on your own resume.

Sample 1: Senior level finance executive with twenty+ years experience seeks similar position to utilize effective leadership and interpersonal skills while adding value to an organization’s growth and success.

This objective begins by stating the candidate’s experience up front.  It identifies his years of experience, notes that he is looking for a similar position and describes what contribution he has to offer the company.  When you are tailoring your cover letter, it’s important to decide what is most appealing about you and your experience.  Then you must decide what information will be most impressive and in what order you want to display this information.

Sample 2: Experienced professional seeks an Administrative Assistant position with ABC Bank to utilize education, experience, strong communication and organizational skills.  

This objective, though it does not specify the number of years experience does state that the candidate has professional experience.  The company for which she is pursuing a position is addressed in the cover letter which is a good way to tailor your resume.  This company knows that the candidate took the time to include their information in her resume instead of sending them a generic resume that she submits to each company.  To conclude the objective she provides attributes, skills and education that would qualify her for the position.

 Sample 3: To obtain a challenging position as Department Manager where my proven abilities will be rewarded with opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Though not in sentence structure, this particular resume objective dives right into what position the candidate is looking for and what additional development he is seeking.  This is short and to the point.  When submitting your resume for a position you are certain will have numerous competing candidates, it is a good idea to get to the point.  The more resumes an employer has to review, the less time she will spend on each one.

Having an objective creates an introduction to your resume.  Most recruiters will read this information before scanning over the body of your resume.  Be sure to check you spelling, grammar and punctuation carefully before submitting your resume to any employer.

Anifa Williams is an aspiring novelist with several years resume writing experience. She is an advocate of utilizing natural remedies for optimal health and healing. Her website offers book marketing strategies, health and nutrition facts and a job and career guide. For more information visit the site at If you wish to reprint any part of this article, you need written permission. All articles are protected by copyright laws.

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