Career Exploration The Hiring Process
This is one of those questions rÃ©sumÃ© experts can argue about for days. The Career Coach says â€œyes, you should.â€ However, you want an objective that will serve you well.
There are two ways to write objectives. The more common way is the â€œblue sky objectiveâ€ and goes something like this: â€œI want a job where I can learn and grow and use all my skills and make lots of money and be happy all the day long.â€
Of course you want a job like that. Who doesnâ€™t? But it doesnâ€™t tell the employer anything about what you can do for him, or even what job youâ€™re applying for.
A better way is to use the job title youâ€™re applying for, e.g., â€œObjective: Lion Tamer.â€ Itâ€™s short, itâ€™s sweet, and it tells the employer which job you want. There may be several available with the company youâ€™ve targeted, and the employer wants to know right away which one interests you. He isnâ€™t going to spend any time trying to figure out how to fit you in. Heâ€™s going to go straight to the next rÃ©sumÃ©; there are plenty more, in this down economy, for him to choose from.
You might also want to have a summary section right after your objective. In this part, you list your most important accomplishments (by the employerâ€™s ideas, which may be different from yours.) It can be a bulleted list or a brief paragraph (three to five lines) of your best stuff. If at all possible, link your strengths to the needs you know the employer has.