How to Assess an Objective

Yesterday, we looked at several of the elements of an objective statement.  First, the length should be one line, possibly two.  Second, the statement should be clear and specific.

Tomorrow and Friday, I’m going to provide 50 objective statements.  Each is from a resume I received from a job seeker.  I selected the objective statements at random, so they are not examples of what to do, or what not to do.  They’re just a selection of what’s out there. 

When you look at your objective statement, or the ones that I’m going list, ask the following questions:

  • Is the statement sufficiently specific?
  • Do you know what the job seeker is looking for?
  • Is the statement short and concise?
  • Would you read the entire statement if you had to screen 200 resumes?
  • Does the statement create a professional image?
  • Do you want to learn more about the job seeker?

The key to an effective objective:  It must provide information important to a hiring manager and it must create a strong positive impressive.