Professional Objective

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  • Your objective is a brief functional statement of your career goals or interests and should serve to help organize your resume. It should be REALISTIC, CONCISE, and TARGETED, but not RESTRICTIVE.
  • Avoid vague and general clichés such as "opportunity for advancement," "a challenging position," "a progressive company." These terms may sound appealing but have little meaning to the person selecting candidates.
  • Your professional objective can describe the position you are seeking, the industry in which you wish to work, or both. Using both criteria narrows your objective to a very specific area. For example:
  1. To obtain a position as [type of position] utilizing [skills] in [type of industry].
  2. A position in a management training program in the [type of industry or company].
  • You may also want to include 1-2 relevant skills as they relate to the position for which you are applying.
  • Make sure that the statement is work-centered rather than self-centered. You want to emphasize what you will bring the position/company, not what it will do for you.