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How to Write Career Objectives

Puja Lalwani
A career objective is a description of your career goals and explicitly states your desire for a particular position in an organization. Written on a resume, it should be short and to the point. For those of you having difficulty writing one, here's how to write career objectives.
As much experience you have, resume writing is always a tricky job. How do you go about summarizing your vast experience into three lines of a career objective? The challenge is greater if you have no experience at all.
It becomes difficult to decide how you can write an effective one to introduce yourself to your potential employer and have you considered for that coveted position. In short, a career objective is your only manner of self-introduction, particularly if you do not have the option to send across a supporting cover letter.

Writing Career Objectives for Resumes

Given below is a comprehensive list of tips you should follow, along with examples. Take a look.


This does not mean providing your name, but your capacity and qualification. For instance, consider the following line
  • Fresh chemistry graduate seeks... introduces you as a graduate in chemistry.
Similarly, considering another example:
  • Sports marketing executive with three years of experience seeks... also effectively introduces you to your potential employer.
This is an introduction that is imperative and tells the potential employer about your current position and qualification, followed by the position you seek.

What Job do you Desire?

The second part of your career objective includes the kind of job you seek in the organization. So the line may go as:
  • Sports marketing executive with three years of experience seeks a challenging position in sports market research...
This gives the employer an idea about the job you desire at the organization. A clear definition of the job profile desired also shows that you are aware of the extent of the field and know exactly what you want from it.

How does the Employer Benefit from Hiring you?

Usually people with lesser work experience tend to state the goals they seek from the job in a career objective. However, the employer deserves to know what she/he will receive by employing you for the particular position, not how you will benefit from getting that job. As such, your career objective may be written as-
  • Sports marketing executive with three years of experience seeks a challenging position in sports market research by utilizing the extensive network and skills developed over the years.
By adding this detail your employer knows that you have an extensive network of people you can contact to help with the market research, and some very necessary marketing skills that are required to carry out such a job.
These three basic aspects help you write a comprehensive career objective that will effectively communicate your desire for the job and the employer's benefit from hiring you for it.
Some More Tips
  • Don't write very long career objectives. It should be short but definitely to the point. Making two lines of one, if it makes sense and is very necessary, is permissible. If you want to provide extensive detail, write a cover letter.
  • Make sure the grammar, sentence construction, punctuation, and spellings are all correct. Anything written shabbily gives a terrible impression before an employer and can ruin your prospects even before they were considered.
  • Always be sure of the position you are applying for. Even if it is different from what you are experienced in, mention it. Your confidence should reflect in those few lines you use to introduce yourself.
  • Try to use some positive terms to describe yourself. For instance, instead of just writing Sports marketing executive with over three years experience..., write, Ambitious and confident sports marketing executive.... This again reflects your faith in your abilities.
  • However, don't go overboard with the confidence and positivity, as promising something you will not be able to fulfill is futile and will work against you, even if you happen to land the job. Be honest.
  • Your career objective may have to be modified to suit each position you apply for, if you are applying to different places for different positions.
Finally, keep in mind that any career objective will have an impact when it is short, focused, and honest. It also helps you understand what your career goals are, along with allowing the employer to consider you for that particular position. So go ahead and write that powerful career objective that will definitely get you your dream job. Good luck!