Some people aren't fans of objective statements in résumés, but I believe that it works in some situations and can really help strengthen a candidate's case. However, there are situations where it is unnecessary, so choose wisely. The type of job candidate that can benefit the most from a statement would be those who need to clarify why they will suit the job. Here are some tips for writing an objective statement:
- Your chance to explain. If your background is strikingly different from the position you're applying for (for example, if you have a legal background and want to get into marketing), an objective statement will help the reviewer understand why you will be a good fit for the job despite your background.
- Don't use hackneyed words. You should stay away from overused words such as successful, accomplished, skillful, problem solver, dedicated, and dependable. LinkedIn also came out with a list of tired phrases on profiles, so you might want to check them out.
- Keep it succinct. Make the statement short and sweet, because this is basically your sales pitch. Remember, an objective statement is a statement and not an objective paragraph. It's tough to fit it all in one sentence, but play around with it and get input from your friends.
- What's in it for them. Try to put yourself in your interviewer's shoes and craft the sentence to show how you'll be an asset to them and don't focus on what they can do for you.
- Surf LinkedIn. To help with your brainstorm, surf around LinkedIn and find similar profiles — or better yet, if the firm you're applying to is big, you can check out profiles of those who currently hold the same position in the same company.