The holidays are upon us, how are you going to spend the down time? Typically, companies boast lucrative job vacancies in January. Yearly budgets are set, and employers are ready to staff their teams in the new year. Start early and draft a competitive resume!

Writing a resume objective is optional but can be a critical step to landing you a job interview. The objective should be short, 1-3 sentences and it must pack a punch!  A resume objective focuses on your abilities and skills that are of benefit to an employer.

Match Your Objective to the Job

Do not just copy and paste your objective on 50 resumes. Tailor to a particular job or industry. The objective might state where you have been and where you want to go in your career. Highlight some Rockstar experience.

Be Specific

The resume objective should target the top skills needed for the position you are applying for. The top skills needed in a job, are typically the first 3-4 lines of the job vacancy. Show the employer that you are the right fit for the position.

Use Keywords

Strong keywords are very necessary, especially if the employer uses an electronic tracking system. Many times, an automated system is used to screen resumes before a human being sits down to do an additional screen. One job can receive 100 applications. The systems are designed to weed out the weakest resumes.

Make a Match

You should state career goals that are realistic for the company. For example, if you are applying for an administrative assistant position, do not turn around and state goals to one day be a song writer. Research the company, research the job, and be practical.

Focus on How You Can Add Value

It is okay to share what you want in the position, but you must also explain why you are an ideal candidate for the job. Add any experience that makes you shine. Specific examples are important.

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