What’s In It for Me? Not a Job, That’s For Sure!
I spend a great deal of time helping students write resumes designed to help them get entry-level jobs related to the career training program that they are enrolled in. One of the most challenging parts of resume writing is creating an objective.
People have a tendency to write resume objectives from a “what’s in it for me” perspective, which is quite the opposite of what one should do. I see objectives like these every day:
- I am seeking a job where I can use my skills that I learned in school to become better skilled.
- To obtain a job where I can learn more about my chosen field.
- To get a job where I can move up to a better position after learning everything I can.
Do you see anything wrong with these objectives? They are definitely focused on “what’s in it” for the job applicant. Employers want to hire people who can benefit them and their companies, not the other way around.
Here is the cardinal, unbreakable rule of resume writing: The word “I” does not belong anywhere on your resume. If it is there, take it out. Now. That alone isn’t enough to change the tone of your resume, but it’s a great start.
Now about that objective… try something like this:
- To obtain an entry-level position in an office environment that requires strong computer, bookkeeping, and organizational skills.
- Seeking an entry-level position in the computer technical support field with a stable and growing organization.
- To obtain a management position that requires experience in retail operations, customer service, and strong organizational skills.
Remember, if you want to sell yourself to employers, write about “what’s in it for them!”
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