Possibly the most important section in your entire resume, the career objective statement is a short blurb that sits at the top of your resume. The purpose of this blurb is to tell the recruiter why you’re the best person for the job, or at the very least, to intrigue the recruiter enough to shortlist you for an interview.
Being the first section the recruiter sees, the career objective statement is key to making a favourable first impression that will hopefully interest him or her enough to continue reading. Unlike the resume summary which contains more information on professional work experience, the career objective statement is commonly used by fresh graduates, focusing more on academic achievements, personal attributes and internship experience.
We recommend a structure with the following components:
- 1st line: Highlight your academic background and any work experience you have (internships and volunteer work counts too).
- 2nd line: Describe your key attributes in relation to the job you’re applying for.
- 3rd line: Share your values and what drives you.
The following personalised examples have been written for those of you looking to work in Sales, Marketing, HR, Accounting, Finance, IT & Engineering.
Graduate with BA in Sales & Marketing from <insert name of University or College>, having recently completed a 6-month internship at a Volkswagen dealership. A natural at building rapport and genuine relationships with people, I enjoy working in Sales and overcoming the challenges it presents. I don’t believe in a hard sell approach, rather, I believe in providing valuable solutions to problems.
Graduate from <insert name of University or College> with BA in Digital Marketing, fresh out of a year-long internship with AirBnB. Looking to apply my fresh marketing perspectives and social media skills towards solidifying your online brand presence. I believe marketing is all about creating meaningful moments for consumers to engage with the brand.
HR Graduate from <insert name of University or College>, with 6 months’ experience as an HR Intern for Ikea. A strong communicator with an energetic personality, I look forward to helping your HR department continue attracting and retaining the best talents in the country. Understanding what drives people and inspires them is instrumental towards building employee loyalty, and that’s what I seek to do.
Chartered Accounting Graduate from <insert name of University or College>, having recently completed a 9-month internship at Ernst & Young. Highly organised and driven by efficiency, I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute my analytical and accounting skills to your company’s operations. I’m a strong believer in continually improving through new systems and processes that simplify work, rather than complicate it.
Graduate with BA in Financial Planning from <insert name of University or College>, with 9 months’ experience as a Finance Intern with HSBC. Results-driven with a keen eye for detail, I look forward to the opportunity to contribute fresh insights to your Financial Planning team. In times of economic instability, I believe in keeping my eyes on the big picture and taking calculated risks in order to progress.
Programming Graduate from <insert name of University or College>, having recently completed a 12-month internship at Cisco. Passionate about empowering lives using computing technologies, I would appreciate the opportunity to apply my versatile programming and UX design skills in helping your company boost sales and customer service standards. The answer to most problems, I believe, lies in simplification.
Graduate in Green Engineering from <insert name of University or College>, fresh out of a year-long internship with BOSCH. Keen to play a role in creating a greener future for society, I am confident that my innovative engineering ideas and passion for environmental R&D will help your company maintain its market leadership in the region. I believe work is most meaningful when it allows us to create positive change.
And there you have it, 7 personalised examples which we hope will inspire fresh ideas for your career objective statements. For more progressive insights into personal development and career hacking, follow our Facebook page!