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Write an outstanding CV or Resume for all job situations. Use your Career Tools to track job selection criteria and tailor your application for every job opportunity.

Optional resume information

Consider including a career objective, your key achievements and professional memberships when tailoring your resume!

Career objective

A career objective is a short statement of your desired position or career direction. It should focus the reader's attention on your career goals and aspirations. If written well, it can give your application power by demonstrating that you are focussed and working to a well-considered career plan.

Example

Example career objective

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It needs to be meaningful and add value to your resume, which means it should be specific and personalised to each specific job application.

Avoid generic statements like 'seeking a challenging position with a dynamic company', as they convey no useful information.

Alternative to a career objective

Some experts propose that a career objective is appropriate and acceptable, while others claim that it focuses undue attention on what the candidate wants, rather than what the employer wants.

An alternative to including an objective statement is to phrase your profile summary in a way that makes clear the position you seek.

Example

Example profile statement

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This approach still communicates your objective while focusing how you can be of benefit to the employer.

Key achievements

Also known as 'achievements', 'accomplishments' or 'key accomplishments'.

Sometimes it is appropriate to elevate some or all of your achievements to the front page of your resume following your profile statement to capture the reader's attention and focus it on your most marketable points. As always, ensure that the achievements you choose reflect what the requirements of the position.

Example

Example key achievements

Created with the WorkLifeGroup CV Manager

Professional memberships and affiliations

Membership of the Association of Chartered Accountants is a pertinent fact and one that you should share when seeking a position as an accountant. Membership of the Society of Cheese Appreciation might be relevant to employers in the cheese or food and wine industries; less so if you are applying to be a financial analyst.

As always include information that builds your credibility and leave out information that detracts from it.

To decide whether you should include your photo, age or odd jobs you completed years ago, read how to clean up your resume.

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