I listened to a call with a career coach recently who believes firmly in having an objective box in your resume. She’s backed by some statistics which suggest that more than 50% of employers still want to see something equivalent to an objective statement on the resumes they receive.
How do you meet this need? You focus on what the company is looking for.
Align Your Goals with Company Goals
If you state what your career goals are in your objective box, you’ll turn-off potential employers. Employers are wary of ‘needy’ employees. They only care about whether you meet their needs. So read the job description carefully. Research the company. Find out as much as you can about the position. Then use your experience to provide proof that you have those key skills.
Write Your Objective From the Company’s Perspective.
You won’t sound like a needy employee if you write objectives that target employer needs. For example:
Seeking opportunity to reduce business loses from retail crime. Notice, that this tells the employer you want to do something that impacts the bottom line positively.
Looking for opportunity to improve efficiency of accounting process. This would be appropriate for someone seeking a mid-level position in an accounting department.
Note that the key element in both these examples is the desire to tackle something that was mentioned in the job listing.