Career objectives is a statement of your goals for your career. These may be placed at the top of a resume to make it clear that you are interested in a job. As such, these are typically customized for each position to show that your goals align to a job description. Career objectives are also developed for purposes such as career planning where they may reflect your career goals over the next 2-7 years. The following are illustrative examples of career objectives.
AdministrationA construction administrator role with reporting and financial analysis responsibilities.
CoordinatorA coordinator position in a dentist's office with responsibility for scheduling, billing, insurance claims and customer service.
RetailA retail sales position that requires friendly customer service and organizational skills.A front desk position at a prestigious hotel that requires courteous and efficient customer service.
TradesA lift station technician position with installation, maintenance, trouble shooting and repair responsibilities.
MaintenanceA facility maintenance role that includes electrical, plumbing, painting, carpentry and/or welding work.
MedicalA chiropractic doctor position responsible for the care, treatment and progression of patients.
DesignA senior graphic design role responsible for projects that include brand design, advertising and collateral design.
Software DevelopmentA software development role on a fast-paced sprint team.A high visibility project management role with scheduling, project control, problem solving and stakeholder management responsibilities.A program management role responsible for managing senior stakeholders and a complex set of interdependent projects.
A Chief Information Security Officer position with responsibility for security management, risk assessments, compliance, business continuity, incidence response and investigation.
SalesAn IT sales position responsible for building customer relationships, closing deals and managing accounts.
ManagementAn IT Management position with project development, operations management and stakeholder management responsibilities.
Executive ManagementA CFO role with accountability for accounting, forecasting, budgeting, internal control, financial systems, audits, reporting and tax.
NotesObjectives are essentially a short pitch that demonstrates your interest in a position. Objectives show that your resume has been tailored to the role as opposed to a resume that has been sent out indiscriminately. The point of objectives is to demonstrate that you understand what is expected of the role. Avoid listing multiple job roles such as "interested in a manager/director/VP position."Avoid personal pronouns such as I, me and my.Objectives are short and direct without flowery language.Resist the urge to list your skills or experience as these are handled elsewhere such as the work experience section of a resume.
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