Career Objectives in resume

Career Objectives in a resume is the statement that presents a vision, guiding principles and future career aspirations for the prospective candidate. It also sets the tone of the entire resume. It tells the reader who you are in a single concise way that encompasses the very essence of your abilities.
Everyone knows the standard resume needs a career objective. But why? Is it because everyone assumes you must have one? Is it because hiring managers need it? What would happen if you had the most comprehensive and impressive career objective that others were measured against?
The Career Objective should not be:

  • A meaningless set of dribble to fake out the reader
  • A set of words that have no tie to the candidate’s wants, needs or desires for their future. 
  • A creation of disconnected terms and ideas that have no business being put together without internal assessment

Companies need to fill positions within their organization with the best qualified individual(s). Hiring managers will review hundreds of resumes with the first 30 seconds being crucial to getting to the second stage. The face to face interview.
What would the be the best career objective for your resume?
Your career objective is a one sentence character representation of who you are and sets the stage for the message you want to deliver. – “This is who I am, who I want to be and how I will make your company successful”

There are many ways to write a career objective that begins to set you apart from other candidates in the eyes of the reader…
Let’s look at a sample job description for a Quality Executive:
Duties and Responsibilities:
Requirements for support specialist include:
Direct support services:
* Plan, create, and coordinate internal and external audits.
* Responsible for testing, quality assurance, configuration, installation, implementation, maintenance of all related support services.
*Identify, support, mentor continual Improvement.
Technical assistance services on the standard office applications
* Support the management with data on KPIs and Metrics
* Provide assistance to personnel in preparation of meeting presentations.
* Train the operations team on Quality activities.
These sample career objectives may come from a prospective candidates that may apply:
Analytic (1) – To get a position within an organization that will allow me to use my analytic skills, experience and willingness to help others.
Auditor (2) – To acquire a position that affords me the opportunity to bring my auditing expertise, problem solving skills and willingness to learn to make an organization successful.
Career objectives are the fundamental principles the candidate brings to the table. It enables them to promote their ideals, skills and abilities that an organization can use for the sole purpose of growing the company. The better a candidate can articulate the message the better the chances they will be invited to interview.
since these objectives are like a style statement on what you are, and what you want to be. It is one place holder in which you are telling the prospective employer on what you are now, what you want to be, and how the organization can derive benefit from what you want to be.
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Originally posted 2013-10-12 11:54:00.

Some formating rules for creating software friendly resume

If you are applying for job at a large firm, it is most likely that your resume is going through the first filter. A software. A software friendly resume has good chances of getting through the first filter
To make your resume getting through this software, one of the main areas to be addressed is formatting used in creating the resume. There are various software in the market. A resume is a very important tool you use in your Job Search. Here are some tips for making a software friendly resume.

  1. Do not place your contact information in the header of your resume, because filtering software can be set to ignore headers and footers so there is a risk this information will be deleted.
  2. Choose a conservative font such as Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri.
  3. Serif fonts, such as Times Roman or Cambria may be rejected by screening software.Do not use any script fonts. 
  4. The smallest font size to use for the body of your resume should be 11 point. “Any smaller may not be considered.
  5. Strict NO to use of graphics and logos.
  6. Content in the tables may be lost.
  7. No borders to be used. this will be a trouble.
  8. Use at least  one-inch margin top and bottom. 
  9. Do not use any lines that cross the entire page from margin to margin, because “some filters have been created that will reject a document for nothing more than having a single line run continuously across the page. It is considered as the end line.

These tips will mostly help getting through the  software for the keywords. though the filters are on the Keyword, the formatting plays a role in understanding the content.

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Originally posted 2013-10-07 01:11:00.