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Of career objectives and how to write them

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Deciding a career objective is an important part of the job search process. Even though companies today do not expect candidates to write one on their CV, this exercise will be very helpful to candidates in the long run. 

All international colleges expect a statement of purpose from students, which is a more detailed version of a career objective. Once you become a candidate, writing a career objective helps you clarify your career goals. This thinking process will enable you to verbalize “why” and “why me.” There is a very fine distinction between these two questions. 

Answering “why” will help you identify why this job – is it because of the money, work profile, organization, career growth, challenge, location, etc., so that you can be clearer and convincing in your answers at the interview. It should also lead you to do thorough research on the company and what it has to offer. 

The second question “why me” leads you to understand your own strengths and experience, and highlight what you have to offer to the company. There may be many activities in your past – hobbies, extracurricular activities, projects, charity work, competitions you have participated in which you are not reflecting on your CV, or not presenting in proper perspective. Once “why me” is clear, you will be able to reflect your unique talent and talk confidently about it. 

Having completed the exercise, as you grow in your career, the same approach can be used to align your resume to what the job demands. Instead of mentioning career objectives on the resume, you can write it in the cover letter, thereby adding weight to your application. This statement will help you decide which experience to show on the CV and which ones to remove.

Handy Hints
• Career objectives enable you to verbalize “why” and “why me”
• They help you decide which experience to show on the CV
• They allow you to talk confidently about your talent and skills 




Source: Geet Mala Jalota, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is an Independent HR Trainer and Consultant