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How to Write Career Goals on a Resume

author image Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown has been a freelance writer since 2006. She worked 10 years performing psychological testing before moving into information research. She worked as a knowledge management specialist and project manager in defense and health research. She is studying to be a master gardener and has a master's degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University.
How to Write Career Goals on a Resume
Resume career goals help sell you to a prospective employer. Photo Credit: James Woodson/Photodisc/Getty Images

Writing career goals on a resume challenges job seekers to describe what they want to do and what they can do for a company without being too general or too specific. The career goals section of a resume provides the first opportunity to sell yourself to a company or organization. How well you construct your career goals often determines whether a manager or human resources professional reads your resume or files it away—in the trashcan.

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Step 1

Read the position description carefully for clues about what the organization expects the successful applicant to do for them. Select keywords from the description to use in your career objective.

Step 2

Gather background information on the company including its vision, a description of its customers or clients, and a general idea about how the company makes money or provides services. Make a short list of phrases that show how the available position relates to the company’s mission and profitability.

Step 3

Make a list of your skills relative to the company’s needs and the characteristics of your ideal job, e.g., travel, working with people, and doing research.

Step 4

Construct a one to two sentence career goal for your resume that includes the title of the position, the name of the company, your job specific skills, interests and long-term career goal.

Step 5

Edit the career goal to remove clichés or jargon. Replace overused phrases like “team player,” “hard worker,” “people person,” or “excellent communication skills” with a results-oriented statement. For example, a career objective that demonstrates proven capabilities suggested by Dream Career would read, "Sales Manager offering 5 years of corporate experience in the utilities sector with a track record of producing increased department profitability by an average of 11% annually."

Step 6

Check spelling and grammar using the tools available on word processing software.

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