CV Objective Statement: Examples & How to Write (Template)

You see that most of the best CV examples online have these impressive personal statements that really do make the candidate look confident and in control of their career. But you, for one reason or another, just don’t have the experience you’d need to write a CV introduction like that, no matter how hard you tried.

 

All is far from lost, though. This article will show you how you can write an introduction for your CV—a CV objective or career objective—that focuses on your strengths without dwelling on your lack of relevant experience. Check out the CV objective sample and example CV below. Yours can be at least as good.

 

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CV objective sample CV

 

Mason Rowe

070 1111 1111

mason.rowe@lcmail.co.uk

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Enthusiastic teaching graduate with proven lesson-planning, organisational and classroom-management skills. Seeking a teaching post at Woodridge Primary School to apply student-centred approach in supporting the School’s SEN students.

 

Work Experience

 

Volunteer SEN Teaching Assistant

Ellis Primary School, Kent

September 2019–August 2020

  • Helped teachers prepare lesson materials and equipment for over 100 lessons.
  • Listened to pupils read for a total of nearly 100 hours.
  • Prepared learning materials (under the supervision of the teacher) for 15+ lessons.
  • Read over 2,000 pages of fiction to pupils as a class, group and one-to-one.

 

Education

 

PGCE Primary Education, 2020

Canterbury College, Kent

 

BA (Hons) Arts (2:1), 2016–2019

Oxenford University, Kent

 

Skills

 

  • Organisation: helped teachers organise student records as well as chaperone students.
  • Teamwork: worked well with other support staff, classroom teachers and social workers.
  • Creativity: found ways to build a rapport with each pupil or group of pupils individually.
  • ICT: working knowledge of LibreOffice and Microsoft Office suites.
  • Punctuality: always present when required by the teacher, never canceled a volunteer shift with fewer than 24 hours notice.

 

Musical instruments

 

  • Guitar
  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • Percussion instruments

 

Languages

 

Swedish – C1

German – B1

 

Now that’s a perfect CV example for entry-level jobs. Let’s check how to write a CV objective that will enrich your CV.

 

1. What is a CV objective and who’s it for?

 

A CV objective, also called a career objective, is a way to introduce your candidature for a given job. It’s an extremely short and prominently placed paragraph that recruiters are very likely to read first when picking up your CV. Done right, your CV objective will start making your case while grabbing recruiters’ attention.

 

It’s a good option to start a CV if you don’t have much experience that’s relevant to the job to which you’re applying. Whether that’s because you’re just entering the workforce or changing careers, a CV objective will put the focus on your strengths—your qualities and your skills—and bring your potential to the fore.

 

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2. How to write an objective on a CV

 

Writing an objective for your CV is fairly straightforward. First, write a sentence in which you introduce yourself. Use one or two appropriate adjectives to describe yourself, state your occupation (‘student’, ‘graduate’, etc. work well here—it need not be a job title) and include 2–3 relevant skills.

Next comes the ‘objective’ part of writing a CV objective statement. Your objectives should be based around what you want to achieve for your new employer rather than for yourself. Do some background research to figure out what the employer might like to hear and make that your career objective.

 

If this is going to be your first job, then it’s fine to focus on your actual career objectives. In that case, emphasise the development of those skills that are directly useful to the employer. There’s no point in telling them what they can do for you, they have no reason to care. Instead, focus on what you can do for them.

 

A good objective for a CV will be 2–3 sentences and about 30–50 words long. Be sure to mention the name of the company to which you’re applying and the job title. Don’t use any personal pronouns at all and don’t write about yourself in the third person. See the CV objectives examples throughout this article.

 

CV objective sample

 

Enthusiastic teaching graduate with proven lesson-planning, organisational and classroom-management skills. Seeking a teaching post at Woodridge Primary School to apply student-centred approach in supporting the School’s SEN students.

 

3. CV objectives for students

 

The process of writing a CV objective for a student CV is exactly the same. Your occupation is ‘student’ and you should specify whether you’re a high school or university student as well as giving your year. Your actual objective may be a little more focused on you than the company at this level.

 

Student CV objective sample

 

Motivated and focused final-year Arts student with proven communication and time-management skills. Seeking a volunteer SEN teaching assistant post at Ellis Primary School to develop a student-centred approach while supporting the School’s SEN students.

 

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4. CV objectives for graduates

 

As a graduate, you have a larger and more specific—if not more relevant—pool of skills from which to choose. You also have more life, and possibly work, experience under your belt. All this adds up to a CV objective that’s more focused on what you can realistically do for your potential new employer.

 

Graduate CV objective sample

 

Enthusiastic teaching graduate with proven lesson-planning, organisational and classroom-management skills. Seeking a teaching post at Woodridge Primary School to apply student-centred approach in supporting the School’s SEN students.

 

5. CV objectives for career changers

 

Changing careers means that you don’t have any direct experience in your new field, but you may well have some impressive transferable skills from your old one. Introduce yourself using your old job title and mention how many years’ experience you have. Focus in on what you bring to the table.

 

Career change CV objective sample

 

Efficient administrative assistant with 4+ years’ experience working in training and professional development. Seeking a teaching post at Woodridge Primary School to apply organisation, time-management, and interpersonal skills in supporting the School’s SEN students.

 

6. Matching your CV objective to a CV format

 

If you’re working on writing an objective for your CV rather than a standard personal statement, CV summary or summary of qualifications, then you’re unlikely to be writing a regular, chronological CV. This is the most common and generally preferred CV format, but something else might be more suitable in your case.

 

A student CV or graduate CV will be a more appropriate choice for you if you’re still studying or just finished your studies. These CVs will make use of a skills-based (or functional) CV format to take the focus off of your (lack of) work history and onto your skills and education. You can switch to a chronological CV later.

 

A career change CV, on the other hand, is best written using a hybrid (or combination) CV format. This format still swings the focus away from your work history and towards your skills, but it represents a less drastic departure from the common chronological CV format. Use it as you transition between career paths.

 

7. Keep these tips in mind when working on CV objectives

 

The reason it’s recommended that you always mention the employer’s name in full, as well as the job title for which you’re applying, is that your application is likely to be passed through an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) before anyone even sees it. ATSs run on algorithms and adding these details can help.

 

Something else that will help your application dodge ATS filters and algorithms is echoing keywords from job advert. You can do this in two ways: by making sure you mention at least two of the key skills listed in the advert and by using similar wording to describe them. So don’t use ‘team player’ if they’ve used ‘teamwork’.

 

One more important piece of advice for how to write an objective on a CV is to write it last. A CV objective is to some extent a summary of your CV. It’ll be much easier to write once you yourself have more of a big-picture view of your CV. At the very least, wait until after you’ve done your work history and skills sections. 

 

Finally, take care of the overall impression your CV makes. Proofread the whole thing at least twice, using technological aids to catch spelling and grammar mistakes. Go with an appropriate CV font like Garamond, Noto, Liberation, Arial or even Calibri. Leave font size and margins at the default 11–12 points and 2.5 cm. 

 

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As you can see, writing a career objective for your CV is pretty simple once you know how. Do you have any questions, comments or feedback you’d like to share? Drop us a line in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you and will be sure to get back to you.

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