Job Objectives vs. CareerSummaries Which to Use? Martha Schwer, Madison Area Technical College
Standard Parts of a Résumé Heading (name and contact info) Career Objective or Qualifications Summary Education Employment or Experience Related Skills and Abilities Honors and Activities References
Definitions A Career Objective frames the résumé for a specific job and helps your reader understand your goal. Headings like “Objective,” “Employment Objective” A Qualifications Summary focuses more on what you bring from prior experiences to a specific job opening. Headings like “Summary Statement,” or “Career Summary.”
How to Write a Solid Objective No more than 3 lines long. Include 3 parts: the type of job you are looking for, the context you want to work in, and what you can do for the company:Example: “A full-time computer-science position aimed at solving engineering problems and contributing to a management team.”
How to Write A Solid Summary 3-5 lines long Include who, what, and major achievements.Example: “Astute senior analyst and corporate financial planner with 11 years of experience and proven success enhancing P&L scenarios by millions of dollars. Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking and sound strategic/economic analysis to multi-dimensional business issues.”
Choose wisely! Use headings!Happy Résumé Writing!