14 Nov, 2012

Writing a Resume Objective Statement

Writing a resume is not as difficult as some people might think, but as it’s an important document that could help you improve your career and achieve your goals or not, so it’s necessary to pay attention in details that could help you give a good first impression from employers and won’t kill your candidacy right after reading your objective statement.

On our website you can find an article from which you can learn how to write a good objective for a resume, but there are not many that help you understand the mistakes when writing an objective statement, that’s why we’ve worked to give you some of the most important things to avoid on this process.

What are the most common mistakes?

  1. Be careful with grammar, although the objective statement is brief and you might think that grammar care sounds simple a little error can make you look illiterate or lazy, so we recommend you to ask someone qualified to review your objective.
  2. Poorly written objective, some people don’t put the truly importance that an objective has when applying for a job, it’s your first and maybe unique chance to impress the potential employer so it’s necessary to personalize your objective statement for the specific job and company.
  3. Don’t be too general, if you create a generalized resume it’ll show your lack of interest, what you must do is to highlight certain accomplishments, critical areas or skills to cause a great impact to specific potential employers.
  4. Although you might want to cause a very good impression, you need to be honest, giving wrong information is a huge mistake, remember that even if your resume stand out with some lies, you’ll be caught later.
  5. The objective statement must be clear to understand, don’t overuse buzzwords, although you can think it would help you look clever, in fact it will make you look as a desperately trendy job candidate.
  6. The potential employer will invest money in your compensation package if you get the job, so he deserve some dedication from you in customizing your objective statement and the whole resume, in order to focus information relevant to manager interest.
  7. Don’t be unrealistic when writing your objective statement, for example, if you’re a new graduate or you’ve just changed to a new career, don’t try to inflate your ego on paper, use realistic ideas according to your real situation and thinks that you can achieve in short time.
  8. When applying for specific jobs, it’s necessary to avoid being too simple, you need to modify the objective to be read from manager’s perspective.
  9. A part of being too general is when you leave out details such as skills and talents that could be important for the job in the company; don’t leave this information out of your objective because they’ll give it a great value.
  10. One of the most important sections in your objective statement is the goal, and it’s something that you need to have clear in order to clarify what you hope to achieve by taking a job with a specific type of employer, as we said before, the whole statement must be related with the employer and/or the future job.
By Jose Sanchez, Expert Resume Writter and Career Advisor since 1999. Writing and sharing contents related to Resume Tools and Samples, Job Interviews, and Cover Letters. Collaborating with various blogs and providing tips, informative how-to guides, on-line tools, Resume Resources and Examples. Owner of

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