When to Include an Objective Statement in Your Resume and Some Examples

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Resume Objective

There is a consensus among resume writers that resume objectives are a thing of the past. Instead, the trend now is to use a qualifications summary combined with a resume title. While this may hold true for more experienced professionals where the applicant has concrete and relevant experience that he can relay, it may not hold true for new graduates, job seekers applying for entry level positions or job seekers applying for lower level, clerical or customer service positions.

In fact, it may be a good idea to include an objective statement if you fall under one of these categories as it can help define your job application.

What is a resume objective statement? It is a short sentence (sometimes a paragraph, as you will see below) at the top of your resume that tells the recruiter what your career goal is while at the same time outlining how you fit the profile of the ideal candidate. The objective statement should be crafted with care and tailored to each position you appy to.

Following are some examples of objective statements, along with links to the actual resume samples, in case you want to read the objective statement in the context of the whole resume.

Administrative & Customer Service Resumes

Professional, reliable, and courteous administrator seeking a dynamic receptionist position with daily opportunities to make guests feel more welcome. – Receptionist Resume

I am a driven, highly motivated and experienced professional seeking a rewarding position in an established, innovative organization with honorable core values, where I can affect positive change in the lives of others and the community at large. – Non-Profit Professional Resume

I am seeking part-time or contract consulting work where I can utilize my customer service skills while driving overall success and profitability. – Customer Service Resume

Enthusiastic professional with excellent customer service skills seeks opportunity to improve passenger safety, security, and comfort as a conscientious Corporate Flight Attendant. – Flight Attendant Resume

Advertising & Sales Resumes

Aggressive individual seeks a dynamic career in pharmaceutical sales utilizing strong interpersonal skills to establish lucrative accounts and build a loyal client base. – Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Resume

To obtain a position in the account management department of an advertising agency. – Advertising Resume

Seeking to transfer broad-based skill set, several years of experience in account management, revenue growth and sales/ marketing success into Location Management position. – Location Manager Resume

Goal-focused and energetic telemarketing professional seeking opportunity to grow sales and build relationships over the phone. – Telemarketer Resume

Business Resumes

Seeking opportunity to optimize corporate profitability through intelligent and effective pricing strategies. – Pricing Analyst Resume

Performance-driven professional seeking opportunity to apply finely honed analytical skills, statistical techniques, and mathematical methods to assess and minimize risk within a dynamic actuary position. – Actuary Resume

To obtain a challenging, rewarding position in the food industry; to utilize my creativity, management skills, and experience. – Restaurant Resume

Healthcare Resumes

Graduate Nurse seeking a medical-surgical position within a progressive medical center. – Graduate Nurse Resume

Law Enforcement Resumes

New and dedicated resident of Miami seeking a position as Police Officer and an opportunity to protect and serve the community. – Police Officer Resume

Law Enforcement professional with 25-year career track, exploring a position in the capacity of Chief Investigator. – Private Investigator (Detective) Resume

Legal Resumes

Seeking a Corporate Attorney position in the Entertainment Industry. – Career Transition (Law) Resume

Experienced, Certified Paralegal with excellent office management and client relation skills seeking a position within a corporate legal department where a working knowledge of legal terminology, general law, and legal proceedings pertaining to the following case types will be fully utilized and expanded: Civil Litigation, Corporation, Wills &  Estates, Negligence, Matrimonial and Medication, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Malpractice, Family  Court, Bankruptcy and Criminal. – Paralegal Resume

Student Resumes

Energetic, dependable Student with academic experience in electrical engineering and digital – computer science. Currently seeking a summer internship to compliment theory learned at the university level. – Internship Application Resume

Seasoned Professional seeking admission to law school. Background includes executing and mediating contractual obligations for artists and performing public policy duties for an international, non-profit concern. – Law School Admission Resume

Technology Resumes

Seeking a position in Computer Graphics with an emphasis in Web Design. – Graphic Designer Resume

Seeking to build the foundation of an exciting career in Law Enforcement, with a focus on the application of Information Technology (IT)/ Information Security (INFOSEC). – IT Security Specialist Resume

To utilize my in-depth knowledge of Computer Operations, Customs Regulation, Warehouse Organizing, and Parcel distribution in a professional and challenging Administrative Management position. – Administrative Management & Computer Operations Resume

Analytical, adaptive, and technically proficient Webmaster seeking Web site development position with opportunities to utilize advanced technical education, problem-solving abilities, and graphic design skills. – Webmaster Resume

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