A Sample Resume Objective Alternative

The Resume Summary Statement

Why a sample resume objective? The resume objective is tried and true, right? Or, is it old and tired? It's the second answer... try a resume summary statement instead for maximum effect.

If you decide to abandon the traditional job objective for something a bit more effective, then think POWER. You can use either a power statement or a powerful summary of your qualifications. Either one is more likely to convince the employer of your potential value to the company than the lowly sample resume objective.

After all, these alternatives are more employer-focused and results-oriented.

Here are some great examples of a powerful resume summary statement adapted from the Same Day Resume book:

"Hard working, self-motivated, high achieving pharmaceutical sales professional with eight years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including work with key/hybrid systems and high end project management systems. Recognized for excellent ability to build and maintain relationships through long and short sales cycles. Quick learner, with outstanding presentation skills. Strong commitment to customer service."

"Over 11 years of hands-on healthcare management experience based on foundation of Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Committed to the highest level of excellence through achievement. A respected manager who leads by example. Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills developed while meeting the challenge of constantly fluctuating home healthcare business environment."

"Comprehensive range of experience and formal training in hospital budget analysis and accounting. Prepared to undertake higher-level responsibilities in corporate credit card management, online banking services, and computerized accounting. Additional qualifications: adept at managing multiple tasks and resolving or minimizing problems by identifying them in their early stages, computer proficient in accounting software such as..."

Or this one, from ResumeEdge.com:

"Results-oriented, detailed professional with comprehensive accounting experience. Background includes consistent promotions to positions of increased responsibility. Skilled in P&L, audits, taxation, internal controls, and streamlining procedures, effecting a monthly savings of $2500 at XYZ Company. Recently passed the CPA exam; currently seeking a Controller position."

You can find more great examples in the various resume examples you'll find on our sister site.

Read the pros and cons of using a resume objective (along with an ineffective sample resume objective or two), then you be the judge. But many people have found that you don't have to use a resume objective to be successful in putting together a resume that will make you stand out and get you that interview invite. In fact, the resume summary statement is much more effective.

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