Writing a management resume? Your first impression to
prospective employers will likely be the management resume
Management Resume Objective - Some Specific Advice
Management resume objective... when should you use one? A former recruiter identifies 5 situations that call
for a resume objective, and offers tips on writing a good one.
If you're looking for a management position in this tough economy, you already know you've got a fight on your
hands. The competition is intense for every job opening in management. If you're highly motivated, resistant to
stress, mature and decisive, you're off to a good start. But how do you translate those talents onto paper?
When to Consider a Management Resume Objective
Is an objective statement a requirement on a contemporary resume? Not at all. In fact, career
counselors are often split on whether objective statements on a resume contribute or detract. I often recommend
opening with a powerful, 3-4 line profile or summary section, incorporating a few bullet points. But resume
objectives remain commonplace and accepted. And they can be useful – in fact, highly effective – if employed in
situations where you're...
- applying to a specific job, or
- planning to submit the resume to a job board (i.e. Monster, HotJobs, etc.), or
- a recent graduate, or
- looking to change careers, or
- burdened with a work history that is too diverse for an employer to divine what it is you're after (and
what you're capable of doing).
If you fall into one of those camps, a management resume objective could help. But tread
carefully in composing that objective. This is where half of your competitors in the job market will blow it. They
don't view their objective statement through the eyes of the employer – a critical mistake. Nail the objective, and
your management resume will rise to the top of the teetering stack of resumes on the desk of that hiring
Tales From The Trash: What Not To Say
Here are some examples of objectives from management resumes in the circular file, and [in brackets] the likely
reason they ended up there.
"Seeking a challenging position in Management."
[Too general. The candidate is offering nothing to
the prospective employer.]
"A position in Management offering rapid advancement opportunities into C-level
[Here, the candidate continues to offer nothing to the prospective employer, but adds the
following negative: arrogance. Not the best strategy.]
"Seeking a position in Management which will allow me to fully utilize my considerable skills and abilities
toward company improvement."
[Considerable skills and abilities? What skills and abilities? None have been mentioned – so far. Nor is the
employer likely to take the time to read further to try to identify those considerable skills and abilities. And
‘company improvement?' What does that mean? If the employer has to ask, it must mean nothing.]
Offer The Employer Relevant Specifics
Joey was a client with 11 years experience in industrial purchasing and materials management. After combing
through his background on paper and via phone, I wrote the following objective:
|"Position in MATERIALS MANAGEMENT requiring a proactive team leader and creative
problem solver with a demonstrated track record for consistently generating material savings of
$2.5 million annually against standard cost benchmarks."
In this management resume objective, the candidate is offering some tangible teasers to the prospective
employer, each of which (management style, creativity, results) directly impacts the position that employer is
trying to fill.
Yes, first impressions count. And nowhere is a good first impression more critical than on a resume. So now, the
prospective employer has a good first impression of Joey. What does the employer do with that good first
impression? He keeps reading the resume.
At this point in the hiring dance, that's as good as it gets.
Where we go from here: To learn how to write that "right" resume
objective, review our home page article, The Resume Objective - It's Not About
Want to see a real-life resume objective written for clients in your profession? Look for your profession or
discipline (e.g. Sales Resume Objective) in the table of contents along the right hand
margin of this page.
Wondering which format will put your qualifications in the best light? Chronological or functional? OK - let's
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