If you are looking for a permanent position with a company, some people feel it is important to have a good objective statement for your resume.
Personally, I never used an objective statement. It always seemed a bit redundant to me. The mere submission of my resume seemed to state my objective clearly enough.
Besides, how many times have you seen something like this?
“Seeking a challenging position which will enable me to utilize my extensive skills, continue my professional development and provide opportunity for growth and advancement”.
Jeesh – talk about a rubber stamp . . .
However, if you feel you need to have an objective statement, make it unique. Also, make it work for you.
For those who are unfamiliar, an objective statement summarizes your professional goal.
Take a look at this example of an objective statement.
To work in the position of an Electronics Technician, so that I may use my experience with digital signal processors to work with the most advanced audio and video equipment in the field.
However, it is to your benefit if your goals match the goals of your potential employer. The first part of your objective statement for your resume should indicate what position you are trying to fill.
If the ad for the job said they were looking for an “Audio Test Technician”, then that is what your objective should state.
Next, you should let the employer know what experience you have and how that is pertinent to the job. (To get some tips on resume keywords, look at Get That Engineering Job – The Tricks To Writing A Resume That Scores.)
Digital Signal Processors, or DSPs, are used in everything audio nowadays. If you have experience with DSPs, make sure the employer knows.
Let’s take our example objective statement and turn it into a good objective statement for your resume.
Let’s say the job posting header looks like this:
“Audio Technician needed to install, set up and tune public address systems”
You can re-work your objective statement to read something like this:
To work in the position of an Audio Technician, so that I may use my experience with digital signal processors, audio amplifiers and speaker systems to work with the most advanced professional audio equipment in the field.
It never hurts to come up with two or three objective statements, and pick out the best one. Sometimes, a combination of your best two will give you a really good one.