Career Content Menu

Career Content
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012
Steven Lively Steven Lively
class of 1983
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
class of
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of

How to Write an Effective Objective Statement

How to Write an Effective Objective Statement
Posted By: Eddie Francis on November 25, 2015

An objective statement should not be a waste of space. As I read through resumes on a daily basis, it seems that writing an effective objective statement is a secondary thought to many job seekers. A study by The Ladders revealed that recruiters and hiring managers spend an average scan time of 6.2 seconds per resume review. Therefore, the way a job seeker "introduces" him or herself is very important. So, think of the objective statement as a hand shake.

Consider the following objective statements taken from resumes I have reviewed:
- "To obtain a position that will enable me to use my strong organizational skills, educational background, and ability to work well with people."
- "To build a professional career by working with motivated and dedicated people in a very competitive and structured organizational environment."
- "Seeking a marketing, or entry-level position where my education and experience will be fully utilized with the ability to grow with the company."

None of these are bad statements but they don't grab my attention, either. Ask yourself if this the best use of space. What have you learned about these job seekers? Do any of these introductions motivate you to want to read more?

Each of the statements above tells me that people want to work (we all do), they want to use their skills (we all do), they want to work with good people (we all do), and they want to work in places that encourage personal growth (most of do). Only one points out in which field the job seeker wants to work.

Let's look at other examples:
- "Experienced and accomplished sales associate with a background in microbiology and biochemistry eager to put my interpersonal skills and drive to make sales into action as a sales representative.



"
- "Supply Chain Management position that requires strong communication skills & vast knowledge of inventory movement including, planning, purchasing, quality assurance, fulfillment demands, & logistics."
- "Radio intern, graduating senior and student leader interested in news or entertainment broadcasting opportunities in television or radio. Articulate, energetic, humorous, resilient and open to relocation."

These make me feel as if I have "met" the candidate. They tell me what they want, who they are and what they can do. But I lied about one thing... *evil grin*

The third example is actually what my objective statement would have looked like if I could write it again as a college student. It gives my internship experience, my classification (especially for businesses looking for graduating seniors), what I want, and I even take the opportunity to brand myself, including people skills to attract the kind of employer that is right for me.

SOME COLLEGE RESUME RULES OF THE ROAD:
1. Brand yourself and tell us what you want to do. Brag on yourself by telling us about your natural abilities, accomplishments and/or experience. Also, by telling the resume reviewer what you want to do up front, you may avoid getting calls about jobs you do NOT want to do.

2. Be succinct. Avoid using articles (a, an, the) and symbols to make your information easier to read. Focus on the most relevant information to try to limit your resume to one page (although that may not be a deal breaker). Don't be too succinct, however. DO spell words out as opposed to symbols such as &, @ or #. Avoid too many abbreviations, as well.

4. PLEASE use an acceptable email address. The best address to use is one that contains your name, giving us one more way to remember who you are. Addresses with objectionable content, however, WILL move your resume closer to the delete folder. This is about professionalism.

5, Make student leadership count. If you are active outside of the classroom, we want to know about it. This tells us how you develop important organizational skills such as communication, organization, leadership, team work, etc.
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
How a Young HBCU Alumna Landed a Big Company Job
Three Big Reasons You Are Expected to Do Your Homework About Potential Employers
Five Ways to Make a Hiring Manager's Day
Career Moves: Know Your Value
Many days in the life of...
Five Ways for Admissions Reps to Stand Out at College Fairs
Latest Career Content
Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!

Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!

Job Title: Account Coordinator Job URL: https://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/jobs/searchJobs.cgi?job_id=19245916 Company: Shepardson Stern & Kaminsky (dba) SS+K Job Title: Communications Manager ...more
Elynor Moss • 121 Views • August 13th, 2020
Employment benefits...is that what a priority when selecting what company you apply to?

Employment benefits...is that what a priority when selecting what company you apply to?

Vanderbilt Health has a vast reach that spans across all things medical. Not only is it a company providing health assistance to patients, Vanderbilt is a University that is educating future health ...more
Elynor Moss • 92 Views • August 13th, 2020
Interview Now For 2021 Student Internships with JPMorgan Chase

Interview Now For 2021 Student Internships with JPMorgan Chase

Are you thinking about applying for opportunities at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and are not sure how to get started? Do not be nervous! Come join the HBCU Recruiting Team to learn about upcoming 2021 summer ...more
Will Moss • 349 Views • August 12th, 2020
Insurance Broker

Insurance Broker

Barnes & Associate Services ...more
Gloria Hill • 121 Views • August 12th, 2020
Can an Auto Accident Affect Your Career Progression?

Can an Auto Accident Affect Your Career Progression?

When many people think about the after-effects of a car accident, they think about serious injury and loss of life. However, there are many other ways that a car accident can affect your life. It can ...more
Hannah Whittenly • 139 Views • August 11th, 2020
Popular Career Content
Considering an Internship?  Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

Considering an Internship? Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

BA Early Advantage At JPMorgan Chase we celebrate individuals who bring their unique experiences and different perspectives to the work that we do to serve our diverse customers and clients around ...more
Will Moss • 72,298 Views • February 24th, 2015
Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers a unique environment to medical professionals from many backgrounds—an environment that combines the prestige and opportunities of a respected academic medi ...more
Will Moss • 37,897 Views • March 16th, 2009
Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble is offering the experience of a lifetime. During the months of July & August 2011, P&G will host five different programs at our Global headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. These workshops ...more
Will Moss • 37,300 Views • March 8th, 2011
Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

We were invited to the National Association of African Americans in Human Resource's reception held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the SHRM conference, and the gift/tip we walked away with w ...more
Elynor Moss • 27,949 Views • June 29th, 2012
The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

When Warren Buffett considers hiring an executive for his company Berkshire Hathaway, he assesses their intelligence and drive. But more importantly, he said at a talk at the Ivey Business School in ...more
Elynor Moss • 25,925 Views • April 9th, 2015
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!