CV Writing Tips: 4 Ways To Write A Powerful Career Objective
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A career objective is a great way to sell yourself to a potential employer and help you stand apart from the competition.
“Ideally, your objective is the last bit of your profile summary and should not be more than 30 words. Keep it specific, short, simple and clear,” says Melody Mwendwa, a Professional CV Writer at Corporate Staffing Services.
She further adds that it should state your professional career goals, what you are looking for in terms of organisation and position and what you can offer the organisation.
“Make sure that you can back up those goals in an interview,” warns Ms. Mwendwa adding, “Let the objective target the role that you are applying for and the level of the position.”
If you are still not sure of how to go about it, these samples will help you out:
For the recent graduate and those seeking entry level jobs (0-2 years)
Ask yourself: why you want to work in that industry, what skills make you eligible and the direction you wish to take with your career. Lay emphasis on your academics and any skills gained through that education
“Seeking an internship in the Logistics industry where I can utilize my education (and work experience) to improve the company’s operation and become an experienced Logistics professional”
2. For the Professional (more than 2 years experience)
At this level, you are looking to move into a better work environment, earn more money or attain a managerial position. Your objective should give solid reasons as to why you are the perfect candidate.
“Aiming to fill a managerial role in your company where my proven customer service, sales, and communication skills can be translated into improved growth and profitability.”
3. For the unemployed
If you have work experience, let it be the main focus. No matter your reason for being out of work, emphasize on the positives.
“Currently out of work due to a layoff, looking for a sales position where I can make a significant contribution by stimulating and motivating a productive sales force.”
4. For those changing careers
Think of the transferable skills that are applicable to the industry you are moving into and use them in your objective
“After 3 years in Finance, currently seeking a new challenge which will utilize my excellent networking skills and experience to improve operations, increase profitability, and enhance growth.”
Take your time to create a powerful objective and land your dream job