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How to Write a Resume Objective

Rashida Khilawala
Resumes are clearly the first impression made on a prospective employer. Their first and most decisive aspect is the career objective. Often, people falter while writing it and stand to lose a great opportunity. Read on to learn how to write it.
Often, people make a grave error in their lives. Due to its impact, they find it relatively tough to get the job that they truly desire and deserve. In fact, they lose the opportunity to get one that they might be applying for on a time gap basis, as well. And that could be a big smack on the ego. What is this grave error?
Well, they fail to write the right resume objective. Of course, it seems like no big deal; but, that one line is the deciding factor. You may be highly qualified and have great recommendations, but a wrong career objective can create negativity about you in the minds of the recruiters.
There are a few simple, but very essential points that you need to keep in mind during resume writing, and the primary and most essential of all is the one with regards to your career objective.

Writing It Effectively

Tip # 1

The bottom line is that you need to be practical about it. A very dreamy one will make the reader lose interest in you. However, if the job that you are applying for is a creative one, then in accordance with the job description, a bit dreamy objective could be acceptable. You need to know how to write a good one.
Nonetheless, please don't go overboard with it. For instance, if you are applying for the post of writer, it should read "I aim to be a published and well-known writer." This is dreamy, yet realistic.
But, if you are applying for the job of a manager in a recruitment firm, hypothetically, it cannot read as "I aim to be the best recruiter in the industry." Trust me, it will make you seem juvenile.

Tip # 2

Make sure that it doesn't directly challenge the interviewer. This would make him a tad bit aggressive during the interview, and no one wants that. For example, if it reads "I aim to be the HR Manager of the company," I am sure that the HR interviewing you would feel challenged and would do all in his power to challenge you, as well.
But, if it reads "I will be an HR Manager in the industry," you are still technically saying the same thing; although this time, you will not be prone to an aggressive interviewer, most probably.
However, if you are applying for a job that needs you to give out a go-getter appeal, then a little challenge may be a good thing. For instance, if you are applying for a marketing job, be aggressive in your objective.

Tip # 3

Write what they want to read. This does not mean that you lie. However, do not make a generalized resume and send it out to all companies. That is a silly mistake that many people make. Make an effort to modify it specifically for the company. Do a little bit of research, find out what the company wants from their employees, and then accordingly, draft one.
For instance, if you are applying for a job as a counselor in an IT training organization, the objective cannot be the same as when you are applying for a job as a counselor in a management institute. Be specific; it shows that you are keen on the company, and then the company will be keen on you.
Often, people fail to follow through with the objective. Remember, you will be questioned about it, especially if it is well-written. In that case, stand up for what you have written. The interviewer may try to deter you to see how determined you are about it.
Make sure that you have the appropriate justification for it. After all, it will help you stand out from the rest. Do not search the net for examples and just copy them; be genuine, and it will reap results for sure.