Resume Objective Statement How to Write an Unforgettable One!

Firstly a CV / resume objective statement should only be used if applying for a very specific role where you know your objective is going to align with that of the reader.

In this instance an objective statement is supremely powerful.

If your CV / Resume is to be posted on a job board, and you’re interested in a range of roles, use a summary statement or profile instead of an objective.

Using a ‘general’ resume objective statement is a waste of prime CV / Resume real estate…

Don’t bother.

Remember the CV / Resume is for the benefit of the reader not you.
Your resume objective statement should be concise and no more than 4 lines, Its a short powerful statement that tells the reader that you offer what THEY want!

Resume objective statement possible content  (Project Management Example)

  • The exact job title used on the advert / description – be as specific as possible.
  • Function of the role. Include the business objectives of your target role
  • Critical skills required (Project Management qualified, SAP financials)
  • Relevant experience in tangible terms (x years, x number of projects etc)
  • Personal behaviour traits appropriate to the role. This adds your unique personality.

 

Above are the ingredients from which you will bake your Objective Statement cake.

Make sure you know exactly what your target is looking for.

If replying to a job add you can refer to interpreting job ads, as the real needs of often hidden…

Or read this page which uncovers what employers ‘really’ want…

Whilst your getting the hang of this technique you may want to use a form to help you frame your thoughts.

Once you have input the information, underline or highlight all that you feel will be most important to your target reader.

Don’t worry if you cannot hit all criteria, stepping up in role is perfectly acceptable.

You can download a free Microsoft Word Resume Objective Statement Form here or Adobe pdf here.

List as much relevant content as you wish, the next stage is about editing, reducing and polishing your CV / resume objective statement.

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The example above in red gives enough content for us to now edit and polish.

The underlined in red, are the most important needs of our target reader so I want to hit as many of these as I can.

We are looking for a drop dead gorgeous statement, that you can use as an answer if asked “Why should we consider you for this role?”

You have to be able to say this out loud, without getting tongue tied, forgetting parts, or without it being to long.

You need to put yourself into your readers shoes for this bit. If you were hiring what would you want.

With all the information above there are many possible variations.

When building your CV / resume objective statement you can order the content in any way you feel comfortable, your looking for a concise statement you can deliver verbally with passion and confidence (If it works verbally out loud, it will work on the page).
So let’s try a few:

Calm, dedicated, Prince qualified Project Manager, with 10 years SAP implementation experience, now looking for next challenge across International operations.

Not bad, but I don’t feel it gives the reader enough of what They are looking for.

Qualified Management Accountant turned specialist SAP financial Project Manager. Prince qualified with 10 years and over 8 major SAP financial implementations under my belt, looking for my next challenge across International operations.

Getting there, though lacking personality.

Qualified Management Accountant turned dedicated SAP financial Project Manager. Prince qualified with 8 successful SAP implementations. A commercially savvy, positive and motivational leader now looking to deliver further SAP enabled efficiencies and savings across International Operations.

This is better, though too long.

Management Accountant turned dedicated SAP financial Project Manager. Prince qualified with 8 successful SAP implementations. A commercially savvy, positive and motivational leader looking to deliver further SAP enabled efficiencies across International Operations.

Carry on fine tunning, take your time, maybe even sleep on it, to get it to a point you are delighted with. Its really is that important.

An objective statement properly aligned with the readers requirements WILL get you the interview.

Management Accountant turned dedicated SAP financial Project Manager. A commercially savvy, positive and motivational leader looking to deliver further SAP enabled efficiencies across International Operations.

As the reader absorbs your objective statement they will be thinking “great this person does what we need and is looking for the role we are offering”, lets bring them in and see how they measure up in person.

You’ve got the interview at this point, the rest of your CV / Resume then becomes about demonstrating what you’ve said in your resume objective statement.

However, you can make it even STRONGER.

If you put a verifiable testimonial after your objective from a past boss or client you will instantly elevate you objective to FACT.

The testimonial has to be verifiable though. As this will be checked out.

So the CV / Resume statement example could look like this

Sample Resume Objective Statement

Management Accountant turned dedicated SAP financial Project Manager. A commercially savvy, positive and motivational leader looking to deliver further SAP enabled efficiencies across International Operations.

“An expert Project Manager Jane delivered a tough SAP implementation on time and budget. A pleasure to work with” Peter Doe Finance Director ABC Company

Yes, If I were Jane I feel I could deliver this statement in an interview or as the cornerstone of an “elevator pitch”.

Want more Objective Statement Examples…

Or

A more generic alternative to an Objective Statement for posting on job boards?

A Summary Statement or Profile can give you a little more wriggle room…

Read about a good alternative to an Objective Statement here…

What about adding some punch to your writing by using power verbs…

 

 

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