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Getting to the Point by including an Objective in Your Resume

Job seekers check out opportunities at a job fair in Chicago, Illinois.
Job seekers check out opportunities at a job fair in Chicago, Illinois.
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If you ever visited a career office, I am sure many employment professionals would advise you to include an objective in your resume. However, times have definitely changed. These days, it is optional to include an objective. Here are some tips to help you decide if adding a career objective is a good fit for you.

According to the career office at SUNY Fredonia, adding an objective can show that there is a match between your experience and the job opening. An objective on your resume also shows your career goals and how you can benefit the employer. Since the objective is usually listed right after your contact information, employers can immediately see if you are a good candidate for the position.

A good objective clearly states your reasons for a job or working in a particular field. You may write, “To pursue a career working as a nurse for a leading hospital.” If you have experience in a certain area, an objective is one way to highlight your skills. For example, “A professional with ten years experience seeking a managerial position in the advertising field.”
However, the increase of temporary and freelance positions makes it hard to include an objective. You don’t want to limit your career opportunities because you may be temping in one field and interested in another one. Therefore, it may be more beneficial not to include an objective when pursing temporary jobs. Also, if you do not want to work in a certain field for a long time, it is best not to add an objective.

If you feel confused about whether or not to include an objective, consider creating different versions of your resume. Then, you can decide which resume definitely needs an objective to interest potential employers.

Source: SUNY Fredonia, Career Development Office

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