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CV Career Objective: how to write it like a pro!

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 13 Dec 2018

A Career Objective is a short statement about what you want to achieve in your career and what you aspire to.

The following shows a case in point of how a Career Objective should look like on your CV:

Preview of how to write a career objective on your CV

Top 6 guidelines for writing a career objective for your CV:

  1. Keep it short and sweet; two lines usually does the job
  2. No spelling or grammar mistakes (obviously)
  3. Do not use ‘I’ or ‘My’
  4. Make sure it targets a particular job (IT Admin) and a particular sector (IT)
  5. Short-term objectives are also okay to use
  6. Mention skills/strengths in reference to the position sought

Bad examples of career objectives on CVs:

  1. “I want to find a position to enhance my portfolio and develop my skills.”

Comment: the statement is very vague, it does not portray an individual who is excited about working in the company for a particular reason (besides to ‘develop’ his skills!)

  1. “I would really like a job in manufacturing to boost my previous knowledge of the manufacturing sector with a clear path to higher and more senior level positions inside the manufacturing industry.”

Comment: It’s too long-winded, has lost focus of a particular job (position), repeated the word ‘manufacturing’ three times without being specific.

Good examples of career objectives on CVs:

  1. “A dynamic, people-oriented professional specialised in various forms of communication seeking a career in Public Relations where previous experience and skills can be put to efficient use.”

Comment: it is written in a short, compelling and cohesive manner. It mentions the applicant’s strengths, character, the type of job applied for and the job sector.

  1. “A highly experienced IT Technician seeking a position as an IT Admin to develop further and enrich management skills obtained through Level 4 Management for IT Professionals (MITP) and further prepare for career advancement and professional growth .”

Comment: this career objective contains measurable proof of the candidate’s experience as an IT professional and his vision for the future in the IT sector.

Career objective: location on CV

Question: ‘Where should I place my career objective on my CV?’

Answer: The career objective should be located somewhere after the personal details on top of the CV and just before the Achievements or the Education section.

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).