How To Write The Most Compelling Resume Objective & Resume Summary

Writing a well-crafted resume objective is as important as wearing nice shoes to an interview.

But here’s the catch: just as how you wouldn’t wear flip-flops to an interview, you wouldn’t wear shiny shoes to the beach.

The point is very simple. You may not need a resume objective section at all if you fit in one of the categories below:

  1. You have plenty of experience.
  2. You've been in the same industry for some time and have no intentions to go into a new domain.

If you’re a recent graduate right out of college or an experienced professional who is looking to change your career domain, then a basic resume objective or some sort of resume statement is what you need.

But if you already meet the above conditions, a resume summary will work more for you. You aren’t a fresh graduate or amateur anymore…which is what a standard objective may end up making you look like.

lp-raw-image-processedFirst things first, let me introduce myself. I am Deniz Sasal. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in our strategy consulting business unit. I am also the creator of The Career Mastery and the now famous LIG program.  

I launched The Career Mastery blog as a side project in 2016 because I wanted to help unemployed and underemployed find better jobs with large multinational employers and management consultancies.

See, I’ve joined a lot of interviews as a hiring manager. And one thing I noticed very clearly is that today’s job applicants are extremely misled.

There is so much BS advice out there given by completely unqualified non-achievers who have the audacity to teach. And as a result, a lot of graduates end up wasting so much valuable time and settling for sub-par employers.

But long story short, if you stick with me, I will provide you with the best career advice and insider tips and tricks to increase your chances of getting jobs with multinationals. 

Let’s continue…

Let me just say that, first of all, the objective section is not where you write down what you have always wanted to be.  On that aspect, I have a few more don’ts to cover…

So, what should you NOT include in your resume objective?

  • Don’t use a general career objective statement for all your applications. It will hurt your chances more than it will help. Remember, the resume objective is one of the first sections they look at. And you are trying to collect points for every section of your resume.
  • Don’t use fillers. Whatever you say in your CV or curriculum vitae needs to serve a particular mission. It needs to help you position yourself for that role.
  • Avoid long paragraphs. It should be short, simple, and effective. Hiring managers will only browse through it. They don’t have time to go over what you've written in great detail. So, state your case instantly and clearly.
  • And remember, for this section, it’s not about you! Write about what you can give or be to the organization. Leverage your experience and skills and briefly explain how you will benefit them.

 So, what to include in objective for resume?

Alright, let’s get to the good bits.

The number one tip I can give is to make your objective as specific and as tailored as possible to the needs of the organization. By having read the job description and doing research on the company, you’ll already get a good idea of who their ideal employee is. So, you give it to them by positioning yourself properly!

Essentially, you are looking to write down only a couple of sentences. That’s about it. Don’t complicate it in your mind.

The more you write in this section, the less attention they’ll have left for the rest of your resume. And you don’t want that. Because, ideally, you want your Experiences section to be the central point of attention, not the Objective section.

So, how do you personalize but at the same time still make it concise? It’s quite simple. Your objective statement needs to answer two questions;

 

 

Let’s say you are a fresh graduate with limited work experience.

Then, below is one of the few good resume objective examples you can use:

Resume Objective: To obtain the position of a junior analyst with PwC where I can leverage my high-quality education from XXX and consulting skills gained from my internship/s at XXX.

 

 

On the other hand, if you have years of experience in a particular domain, then you’d want to stress that. In this case, you need a resume summary.

Below is one of the good resume summary examples;

Dedicated management consultant with 12 years of experience around the world. Served over 100 clients with project values exceeding USD 200m total. Received “Consulting Falcon Award” for two consecutive years. Looking to continue my achievements with XXX.   

 

Lastly, when writing your resume objective (objective statement/professional statement/goal statement/etc), make sure to use action verbs. (This also applies to the entire resume not just objective or summary section.)

 

 

Action verbs are those that allow you to describe a boring task or experience more…“dynamically”.  They add color to your sentences, allowing you to show your enthusiasm (which is something how you want to come across to your employer). Action verbs are also proven to get more attention from readers especially when demonstrating your skills.

In simple words, they work…

Some examples of action verbs that you can use:

  • Maximized
  • Solved
  • Designed
  • Composed
  • Consulted
  • Coordinated
  • Controlled
  • Enlisted
  • Formulated
  • Lectured
  • Persuaded
  • Presented
  • Recruited
  • Conducted
  • Interpreted
  • Measured
  • Constructed
  • Specialized
  • Upgraded
  • Enabled

There are also non-action verbs or words, which are used in every single resume that has lost their value of getting attention from the reader. I suggest you stay away from them.

 

According to LinkedIn, here are the 10 most overused words:

  • Motivated
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Track record
  • Passionate
  • Successful
  • Driven
  • Leadership
  • Strategic
  • Extensive Experience

 

 

Don’t treat these tips as “must-haves” though. They are there to give you strong ideas.

My suggestion is that you write a sentence or two and then move on. Don’t think that writing the best objective statement will get you that job.

It’s like ticking the box.

Ticked…

Move on…

Don’t spend an hour compiling the list of all the action verbs just to maybe use one or two of them. Pick one or two from the above list and you’ll be fine.

This post wasn’t as big or in depth as some of my previous posts because, simply, the topic isn’t worth writing 2000 words on it.

So, just to summarize:

  • Use a resume objective if you are a fresh graduate and looking for entry level openings. Use a resume summary if you are an experienced hire.
  • Make it specific and tailored to the role you are applying for. Mention the company name and role if you can. It will get you extra “attention points”.
  • Try to use action verbs – but don’t spend hours deciding on the right ones.
  • Remember to focus on how they will benefit from you rather than how you will benefit from them. It’s about them, not you.

 

That’s it, really…

 

 

Best,

Deniz Sasal