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Resume/CV Objective

 

Disciplines > Job-finding > Resume / CV > Resume/CV Objective

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Description

The objective is one of the earliest sections in your resume/CV, and is commonly placed just below the header.

In this, state very briefly (a) the position you are seeking, and (b) how well you are suited to this position.

In stating the position, be as accurate as you can without being so narrow you would be unlikely to find a position.

In framing your fit to this, show enthusiasm, skill and aspirations as concisely as possible.

Example

Seeking position as an assistant chef in which I can apply my passion for food design and further develop my kitchen management skills.

Looking for senior Application developer position where I can use my extensive Android knowledge.

Discussion

In describing the job you want there is often a temptation to be vague, implying 'I'll do anything' (this is typical when you are desperate for a job). It is not a good idea to be too vague for two reasons:

  1. First, appearing desperate makes you less desirable. Although being unemployed does not have the stigma that it once did, the scarcity principle still applies and employers still tend to prefer people who already are in work.
  2. The other reason to be precise, is that it helps recruiters match you against a job and they are more likely to put forward people they can match more exactly (which paradoxically means you are likely to get a better response by being more focused in your request).

The Objective section is similar to the slightly longer Profile and may be contained within it. The Objective is often better when you have particular abilities and/or are seeking a specific job. The Profile may be better when you have a greater experience. In either case, what is said should be customized for the job in question.

See also

Resume/CV Profile, Scarcity principle

 

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