An unclear objective statement is a surefire way to get your resume tossed out. Often in an effort to sound intelligent and ultra qualified, job candidates everywhere write superfluous objective statements that are unclear and do nothing to help a candidate’s chances. Cover letters are becoming more and more of an overlooked document, and as such, it is critical that you have an objective statement that pops. In the same manner of a cover letter, your objective statement should be tweaked per the company you are sending your resume to. Take a look below at my sample objective statements. Examples: Bad objective statement: I am seeking a position as a Mechanical Engineer where I can apply my skills and experiences in a company offering potential for growth. This objective statement fails miserably as it is unclear and certainly not specific. This adds more questions for the resume reviewer, and the candidate comes across as being unsure of his/her qualifications. Good objective statement: Innovative Mechanical Engineer with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth, accompanied by four years experience in the design and manufacturing of medical devices seeking a challenging opportunity in an autonomous work environment. This objective statement is clear. It is precise. It is specific. It is written in the third person, which gives a “team first” vibe to the resume reviewer. It also adds value to your resume by highlighting the credentials your potential employer most cares about. Now, if you received a degree from Phoenix online, you might want to think twice about highlighting this in your objective statement. Highlighting your education in your objective is a good idea if you are recently graduated (no more than five years ago) and if the college would be recognizable and looked at in a positive light by the employer. This objective also provides a glimpse into the type of work environment that suits you best (autonomous). Taking the time to write a good, sound objective statement could make all the difference between getting some consideration the next time you send in your resume. Which Mechanical Engineer would you bring in for an interview given the samples from above? When writing your objective statement, ask yourself – Is it Precise? Is it Accurate? Is it Clear? Answer those questions with a yes, and well, you’re on your way. Aaron Goldblatt - Engineering Recruiter
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