Including an Objective or Profile or Summary of Qualifications at the top of your resumes focuses the employer’s attention on your skills and areas of interest. It should provide a quick snapshot of who you are and the best you have to offer as it relates to your target position.
Objective statements are brief, usually three or four lines, and are persuasive and specific. The most effective Objectives target key skill sets the employer is seeking.
OBJECTIVE (before): Internship in an advertising agency
OBJECTIVE (after) : Seeking summer internship opportunity in Business or Advertising with focus on in creative strategy, account planning, and graphic design. Highly proficient web design skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign, and WordPress. Demonstrated ability to manage social media marketing, develop internet business strategies, and conduct market/consumer research.
OBJECTIVE (before): Internship in environmental engineering
SUMMARY (after): Third-year Tulane University student with well-developed mechanical, technical, and communications skills seeking an internship in the alternative and sustainable energy industry. Qualified by a unique blend of project management, research, and data analysis skills gained through academic projects and simulation experience.
Want more examples? See the Objective and Profile statements guide.