Writing a career objective is an integral part of any job resume. In fact most employers will want to know about it more than anything else. If your career objective is well articulated and is in tune with the employer's needs, you stand a better chance of being hired. Career objective is but one of the many elements that institute a well written resume.
Before you sit down to write your career objective it is important to understand what it is. In short it can be defined as a personal statement that articulates what you wish to attain during work.
- It's Personal: There are many others who might have similar goals, but make it more relevant to your objectives in life – say what you are comfortable with and how you plan to achieve them.
- It's a Commitment: By stating your objectives in clear terms, you are able to identify who you are and how much you are determined to achieve them. If it closely linked to your employer's needs; all the better for you.
- It's Action-oriented: By having an objective, you are able to take control of your life. You do not get swayed away by occasional moods or get distracted by seemingly more lofty ideals.
- It's Directional: Clear objective help you keep moving in a focused direction. It will help you get information, plan for your future (and you employer's) more objectively.
- It's Specific: Career objective must be very specific and convey a clear message to the readers. Generalizing your objectives is a pitfall you should avoid. Some broad terms like "challenging" or "successful" should be avoided; they are not relevant nowdays.
There are 5 major elements you can include in your career objective –
- Career Field: You can write about the major industry in which you would like to work – aviation, software, medical and retailing are some sectors that you can refer to in general terms.
- Position Field: If you wish to have a little more elaborate, you can consider talking about your design you would like to attain. This particularly important if you are applying for a specific job position.
- Organizational Field: If you have any specific preference in which sector you would like to build you career, you should consider including it here. Usually there are two major types – service sector (includes education, banking, communications, aviation, shipping etc.) or manufacturing sector (includes car manufacture, shipbuilding etc).
- Functional Area Field: Here you can mention about the role you would like to play – technical, marketing, administrative, management and planning are some of the functional areas you will want to mention.
- Skills Field: Here you can tell something about the skills you have acquired in your previous employment, and the future plans for acquiring newer skills. The most common words you can use in writing include – administrative, human relations, management and so on.
It is not always a necessity to include all the elements in your career objective statement. Normally 3 should suffice, but including all makes your career objective document relevant. Career objective statement can be up to 2 or more pages, but we recommend you keep to the minimum. Include it as an additional document if you have a lot to say. If you are moving your job application through an employment agency or a recruiter, we recommend you discuss the objectives with them in advance.