Try reading an objective written by a job seeker on their CV and you will be astonished by how dull the statements are. When it comes to CV writing, many would rather stick to the safe and tested method even if it doesn’t add value on their CV’s. What happened to being unique? Sample this career objective written by a job seeker with a finance background.
Is there anything unique with this candidate? Does the objective tell you what the candidate is capable of doing or what’s he or she has done before? Below are the tips when it comes to having an objective on your CV.
1. Choose two adjectives to describe your work style such as, “Dependable and conscientious student seeking…” or “Detail oriented and quality conscious accounting clerk…”
2. Inform your potential employer of “what is in it for them”, such as, “seeking to utilize 10+ years experience in the industry…” or “…proven sales record…”
3. One sentence is good, but making sense is better! If warranted, two sentences or in some cases a short paragraph will improve an objective statement.
4. If you know the job title for which you are applying, use it. There is nothing to be gained in trying to define a new position for yourself.
5. If you have read the job description in an advertisement, try to mirror one or two of the words listed. For instance, if the job indicated a desire for a self-starter, then experiment with using the same term or one with the same meaning.
6. Grammar and spelling count! It is expected that CVs and resumes will have short sentence fragments, abbreviations, and little punctuation, but your career objective statement should be written without error.
7. Avoid being too general. It is better to do a little research with the company and uncover some of what they may be looking for than to write an over-generalized objective.
And here is an example of a career objective or profile if you like.
All the best.
SOURCE: KENYAN POST