Objective

Sample:

Seeking a research position in a natural resources management organization that will utilize my past involvement in environmental research and land use policy.

More students agonize about whether or not to include a job objective than about anything else on a resume. Most employers prefer a carefully worded, targeted job objective; it shows that you have focus. Contrast the examples above with the following example:

This job objective doesn't add anything to the resume and may even detract. Unless a job objective gives an employer a clear impression of the type of position you are seeking, it may be best to explain your objective in the cover letter. This way you can target it to the position you are applying for. Another tactic is to have different job objectives for different career fields. Instead of trying to cover all bases with one statement, you can slant your objective towards a particular position. Thanks to word processing, this is a relatively easy solution.