Words to Start a Career Objective Statement on a Resume

Sometimes starting a statement is the hardest part of writing it. In the case of the career objective statement — also called the job objective statement — on a resume, how will you start yours? How will you introduce your career, job title, or the line of work you are seeking in the first few words?

Before going any further, think about whether you should have a Career Objective section on your resume. It's not required, and some job seekers don't need it. My rule of thumb: Include a career objective statement on your resume only if your objective is not obvious without it. (For more on this, see Should You Put a Career Objective Statement on a Resume?)

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How to Start Your Career Objective Statement

If you've decided you need a career objective statement on your resume, how will you start it? What should be the first words in that short phrase at the top of your resume? Here are some ideas, along with examples:

Job title (only)
Career Objective: Customer Service Representative

Job title, company name
Career Objective: Online Sales Associate, L.L. Bean

A position as...
Career Objective: A position as Accounting Manager

A job as...
Career Objective: A job as an Employment Specialist

To obtain a position as...
Career Objective: To obtain a position as Administrative Assistant

To obtain a job as...
Career Objective: To obtain a job as Project Manager

To obtain employment as...
Career Objective: To obtain employment as a generalist in Human Resources

Looking for position in...
Career Objective: Looking for position in Sales

Looking for a job...
Career Objective: Looking for a job teaching Secondary English

Looking for employment in...
Career Objective: Looking for employment in Marketing Communications

Seeking a position as...
Career Objective: Seeking a position as Research Analyst

Seeking a job as...
Career Objective: Seeking a job as Office Manager

Seeking employment as a...
Career Objective: Seeking employment as a Software Engineer

Tips for Writing a Career Objective Statement

I've written a lot about writing a career objective statement. (See How to Write Your Resume Job Objective.) Here's a quick recap:

  • Remember, the shorter the better, so it looks quick to read in an initial scan.
  • Focus on the future: Target the job you want next, especially if you're making a career change.
  • Don't include unnecessary phrases such as "to utilize my skills and experience" and "looking for a challenging position in a growth-oriented company." Phrases like these are too general (it's assumed any job will utilize skills and experience) and come across as canned.

Susan Ireland, Resume Author