Writing your career objective for the perfect CV

Career objective

There are many important aspects that make up the perfect CV, and with so many other applications to read through, the hiring manager wants to see a clear contender – someone who has the right skills, the right industry knowledge, and the right attitude to succeed with their company.

Your ‘career objective’ can demonstrate all of these things to the hiring manager in just 2 or 3 short sentences. Sometimes, you’ll see the career objective referred to as a ‘personal statement’ or just an ‘objective’, but these are all exactly the same thing in the context of a CV or résumé.

Although your career objective is just a small part of your CV, it’s important to get off to a great start as it will be one of the first things the employer reads. Making a great first impression will leave the hiring manager wanting to know more, and could land you an interview.

Where to put your career objective

Your career objective should serve as an introduction to your CV, and go at the top just after your name and contact details. A well written objective will instantly grab the reader’s attention and leave them wanting to know more.

Career objective length

A successful career objective statement will be short and to the point – typically just one paragraph consisting of no more than 3 sentences. It should be engaging and focused upon the role you are applying for. Lengthy blocks of text will just lose the hiring manager’s interest and land your CV squarely in the rejection pile.

The three key ingredients of a career objective 

There are three components that make up a career objective:

1. Who you are

The first sentence aims to introduce yourself to the company by stating who you are in a work sense. This could typically be by stating the amount of experience you have, and in what industry. If you feel that the amount of experience you have would be relevant to the role and/or this has been requested in the job advert, then your first sentence would look to establish that you meet this criteria.

2. What makes you suitable for the role

The second sentence will focus upon the skills you have that will benefit the company. You don’t have to go into too much detail here as your employment history and core skills section will adequately cover this. What are the most important requests on the job advert? Try to cover this in your second sentence, so you can instantly show the employer you are the right person for the job.

3. What you are looking for 

Your third sentence gets to the heart of the career objective by stating what you want to achieve. This would obviously be to work for the company, stating the job title and anything else you want to add in regards to your career goals.

Here is an example of a career objective:

Job title: Parts department service team member

[WHO YOU ARE] I am a diligent, hard-working customer service provider with more than 8 years experience in the motor trade and a passion for exceeding customers’ expectations.

[WHAT MAKES YOU SUITABLE FOR THE ROLE] I am competent in all aspects of the customer journey, from booking MOTs, ordering parts and liaising with the workshop to using databases, managing diaries and communicating effectively across the organisation.

[WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR] I am looking for an opportunity within customer service with the opportunity to advance to a team leader position.

Your career objective should align with the job advert

Your career objective can only be written after you’ve analysed the job advert, so you can fully understand what the employer wants. With only one paragraph, you have to show how you are the right person for the job. You should never write a generic career objective, as this will not show your dedication to their company and the position on offer.

Your objective should be honest and realistic 

Stating that you want to be the CEO in three years’ time may come across as a little arrogant, presumptuous, and most likely extremely unrealistic. Your career objective needs to be realistic and focused upon the job on offer. Even if you would like to become a manager as soon as possible, you don’t need to show all your cards when an employer is looking to only fill this position.

You also need to be honest throughout your objective, including your CV. Even just the slightest of embellishments could hinder your chances of an interview, and cliché statements can be spotted from a mile away. Stick to the facts, whilst remaining positive, upbeat, engaging and relevant.

You may find this video from Deniz Sasal at LIG Academy helpful:

We have a huge collection of free CV templates with space to write your objective – check them out here.

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