Employers spend an average of half a minute looking at a resume, reports Duke University. The objective statement is the first section of a resume and should ideally set the tone for the document by concisely explaining to the employer what type of worker you are and what type of job you seek. In general labor, it is important to tailor your objective to the position you desire.
According to Buffalo State University, objectives are important for two reasons: they demonstrate that you are seeking the type of job the employer is offering, and they prove that you have career goals. In general labor, the best objectives tell the employer what field you wish to work in and what you want in the future in this field. For example, a student who has just completed an electrician apprenticeship should indicate in his objective that he is interested in securing work as a fully licensed electrician, where he may put the skills he developed as an apprentice to use.
Before writing your objective, Broward College recommends you answer a few questions to help you decide on what to include in your resume. Consider what your career goals are, your biggest strengths and most impressive skills, the exact type of position you want and what type of organization you wish to work for. If you are applying for work in construction with a family-owned business, you may wish to focus on that in your objective, indicating that you are willing to make a personal investment in helping a small organization grow and thrive.
Write your objective by filling in a basic template, such as “seeking a [type} position with a [description] company that will utilize my [strongest, most relevant] skills in [type of industry]. While this may not be the final objective you use, it will provide you with a draft that you can edit and tailor for each job.
The best objectives are brief, but each word is carefully chosen. Buffalo State University recommends avoiding the use of trite phrases such as “entry-level position” or “opportunity for advancement.” In general labor, it is best to specify one functional area in your objective; for example, do not state “construction or roofing,” but simply “roofing,” as it is more specific. The objective should not be about you, but what you can do for the company; if you are struggling with writing your objective, consider it from the employer’s point of view. If he is seeking a driver for a lumber project, consider which skills you possess that are most relevant to that position and focus on those.
Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.