Resume Objective Examples

Resume Objective Examples : Through your cover letter, you can put some of your experiences in a frame of reference that more closely meets the needs of the employer.

After our discussion with Gabrielle, we looked at Lauren's prototype text.

Lauren is seeking to move ahead in her current profession, one of several options she is considering.

After the JSC members read Lauren's prototype, several members had comments or questions.

I notice that you didn't give your current title or the name of your company. Was there a reason?

I wanted to emphasize my professional experience in marketing to draw a connection between my professional past and my desired future. In this case, my title as Senior Research Analystmight be more of a distraction than an asset.

Similarly, I wanted to indicate my experience in consumer products, since that category fits both Specialty Cereals and the firm where I work now. Naming my current employer, which makes rubber bands, would not strengthen that connection.

Some of my friends leave out their job title and company name to preserve the confidentiality of their job search. I did not feel that reason applied to my case, but it's something anyone who currently has a job needs to consider.

You told us once that you have an MBA. why didn't you mention it?

What is most useful for me in obtaining an interview will be my work experience? The MBA helped me get my current job and what I learned in the program has served me well. But college degrees become less significant as work experience increases in value. The graduate degree is on my resume, but it is not so important that it needs to be highlighted or reframed in my cover letter.

Lauren is showing good insight. Experience in a field is usually more important than a graduate degree. If Lauren felt the MBA might be important to the reader, she could mention the degree without emphasizing it. Many people shoot themselves in the foot by thinking that an MBA or other graduate degree is a sure-fire door opener. On the other hand, if a certain degree is required, make sure to mention that you have it in the first or second paragraph.

How did you determine the selling points you wanted to make in the second paragraph, "why you should interview me"?

The cover letter adds to your attractiveness as a candidate in three ways.

Highlighting : You can give those positive characteristics of greatest interest to a particular employer more prominence in the cover letter than you did in your resume.

Reframing : Through your cover letter, you can put some of your experiences in a frame of reference that more closely meets the needs of the employer.

New material : Your cover letter can include material of interest to an employer that would be difficult to present in a resume. Your motivation for wanting to work for that particular company is an example.

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