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:
Top 6 guidelines for writing a career objective for your CV:
- Keep it short and sweet; two lines usually does the job
- No spelling or grammar mistakes (obviously)
- Do not use ‘I’ or ‘My’
- Make sure it targets a particular job (IT Admin) and a particular sector (IT)
- Short-term objectives are also okay to use
- Mention skills/strengths in reference to the position sought
Bad examples of career objectives on CVs:
- “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!)
- “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:
- “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.
- “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.