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Your career objective must be clear, concise and precise. Avoid long preambles and formulaic phrases

A career objective is an optional part of a CV that usually appears directly after the heading. Should you include one on your résumé? If so, what should it say? Here’s what you need to consider.

Should you include a career objective?

CVs should be short and concise. In some cases, it’s not worth adding a career objective. If you’ve worked in the same field for 15 years and are applying for a similar job, it might be pointless to mention that you wish to continue in the field, particularly since you can do so in your cover letter. However, if you’ve had many different types of jobs (translator, editor and communications advisor, for example), it becomes important to specify to recruiters what type of work you’re looking for. Furthermore, if you’re submitting an unsolicited application, the employer will immediately know where to file your CV.

What to write

Your career objective should be adapted to each job offer. In a way, it involves summarizing the offer in one or two concise sentences (aim for three lines or less). Mention the job (but don’t copy the job offer word for word) or the type of employee they’re looking for. Include any relevant skills you have, the field that interests you or the types of challenges you would like to face. Keep it concise. Get straight to the point, use evocative language and avoid impersonal, formulaic phrases that have nothing to do with you.

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