3 Questions for writing best objective on resume

An objective states your professional goal. It is crisp, clear and relevant statement that gives insights into which type of organization you would like to work with? How would you contribute? What would you gain during the process? Answers to even couple of questions among three would be sufficient to write a descent objective. Let’s split these questions to understand how to arrive at your objective statement.

Which type of organization you would like to work with?

Answer to this question should be drafted in simple words stating exactly in which kind of company you would like to work. Ajinkya has recently completed his C.A. and searching an assignment a Finance company. He might write “Seeking an assignment with Financial Enterprise”

How you would contribute?

While thinking about answer to this question, think of the kind of work you may like. If you are outgoing person you may like to work in capacity where a lot of customer interaction happens. If you are a number-cruncher you would be better off in a role that requires desk work. Decide for yourself. If you could come up with at least department in which you would like to work with, that’s good. Also, if you could come up with position in which you would like to start that would be even better.

Ajinkya writes, “in Taxation Department as a Junior Consultant”

What would be the result of association?

Think of what you and your future employer might gain from the association. Don’t overestimate your capabilities by claiming to bring a huge turnaround. You are about to discover many things in life after you start working in real job. Be down to earth. For about a year, it’s you who is going to gain something. Also, be sure that you can back your claims.

Ajinkya has already worked as an intern with a small CA firm with very similar profile. He has handled few accounts where he offered comprehensive tax solutions. He was also introduced to tax litigation during this period. He may write, “where he can contribute to comprehensive tax solutions and tax related litigation; would enhance skills and knowledge for betterment of enterprise”

Let’s look at what we Ajinkya got,

Seeking an assignment with Financial Enterprise in Taxation Department as a Junior Consultant where he can contribute to comprehensive tax solutions and tax related litigation; would enhance skills and knowledge for betterment of enterprise

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How to write great career summary or profile in resume?

Greetings everyone! I hope you are doing great. Career summary is most important part of your resume. It’s like jingle of an advertisement. If you mute the jingle or even worse, could not synchronise jingle, your product doesn’t sale.

Many people rush into writing their career summary or profile too soon. This hurry, to get first section of resume done can cost you a lot. Goal of career summary or profile is to explain the reader what he can expect from you in case he hires you. It should also explain what kind of role you would like to work in. In order to achieve this goal, you need to write your career history, education and achievement sections first. This helps you keep your best attributes in perspective so that you don’t miss on to important highlights while writing summary.

Secret to writing impressive career summary is to understand what perspective employer is looking for. He is looking for following

  • What are you good at?
  • What are you currently doing?
  • What are your achievements?
  • What is your objective?

In short you need to list down your best feature and then with the support of these ask for what you deserve. One line crisp answer of each question would give you best summary.

We will tackle every question one by one.

  • What are you good at?

For answering this question look at one thing which you have been doing for last few years. If you were studying engineering, you are an engineer. Even if you have spent last 10 years in IT at various positions and now you are a Project Manager, you are a damn good IT professional.

Let’s take an example. Ben spent 8 years of his professional career as sales and marketing person at various positions. His first line of the summary would read “Benat is result-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 8 years experience predominantly in CAD, CAE and PLM field”.

  • What are you currently doing?

After introducing yourself to the reader you should choose to tell what you do right now? According to hiring experts, prospective employer would like to know what you are currently busy with, how long you have been doing it. This gives them fair bit of idea about your capabilities. Look back at your career history and condense your current responsibilities into one sentence.

Let’s continue with the same example. Now Ben is working with a company from past 18 months leading their sales and marketing department. His next line would say, “He is leading newly launched Product Sales Division of XYZ Technologies with the help of 6 team members’ for sales and marketing functions for last 18 months”.

  • What are your achievements?

Now your future employer understands who are you? What are you capable of in very general sense? Now he is interested in reading what you have achieved. Take a dip into your career history, education and certification. Choose either your latest relatively big achievement or some basic certification which is absolute necessity in your profession or a stellar degree. You might ask if, you don’t have any of these, what should you do?

Let’s see, what Ben chose to highlight. He did not have either of the above. So he stuck to his skills. His resume read, “He has specific communication and presentation skills to co-ordinate with internal and external customers and leverages finely-honed interpersonal, negotiation and time management skills to expand business.”

  • What is your objective?

Now the reader has fair amount of idea of, what to expect from you? He is now interested in knowing what do you expect from him? Now there are many people who would argue that this is exactly what you are going to write in objective section. My point is writing separate objective section is relevant only when you are mass circulating your resume. Most of the time, you forward your resume against a specific advertisement which clearly mentions designation/role and its duties and responsibilities. In this case, you need not mention objective explicitly. Instead you can incorporate it into summary and use it to highlight more skills of yours.

Let’s see how Ben uses it? “He is seeking an assignment where experience in Funnel Creation, Branding, Channel management and Team Building can be leveraged to contribute to organizational targets and overall growth”

So, answering these four questions would present your very powerful summary. I hope this helped you. Please leave your comments below.

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Format for emailing your resume

Send Your Email Resume

If you are asked to send an attachment, send your resume as a PDF or a Word document depending on instructions. Sometimes employers do not accept attachments. In these cases, paste your resume into your email message as plain text. Use a simple font and remove the fancy formatting. You have no idea about employer’s email reading software

Write suitable Subject Line
Make sure to list the position you are applying for in the Subject Line of your email address, so the employer is clear as to what job you are applying for.

Check Your Email
Make sure you spell check and check your grammar and capitalization. They are just as important in email messages as in paper correspondence.

Include a signature with your contact information, so it’s easy for the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

Send a Test Email
Attach your resume, and then email yourself first to test that the formatting works. Open the attachment to ensure, you attached the right file in the right format and it opens correctly. If everything looks good, send to the employer.

Resume styles that will WIN you an interview

The real question is which style of resume will generate the most interviews? Following are the options you have…

Reverse Chronological Resume:

A reverse chronological resume is listing of your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current or most recent job, first. Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. It always pays off to understand recruiter’s requirements and stick to norm.

Functional Resume:

A functional resume lists your skills and experience, rather than your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.

Recruiters often bin functional resumes, as they need to know exactly what the candidate has done and where, to really be sure of candidate’s suitability to the job. There are also many employers who think that, by using functional resume an applicant wants to bury some of his details.

But there are exceptions. In cases where management is looking to hire for senior positions, they would be interested in functional resume. It can also be useful for those having practical work experience or those who are looking to move out of their domain.

Combination Resume:

A combination resume is best of both mentioned above. It lists your skills and experience first and then your employment history. This type of resume is used to highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.

Mini Resume:

With start-ups coming in and ever growing job speed dating mini resumes are becoming a new genre. A mini resume contains a brief summary of your career highlights qualifications. It is used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer who wants an overview of your accomplishments.

Non-traditional Resume:

A web-based version of your resume may include photos, graphics, images, graphs and other visuals. This style is non-conformist and can be very useful for artists, architects, designers and scientists. Now a days it is not unusual to find this style adopted by many.