What makes an excellent resume stand out from the competition? Your career mission statement. This section informs employers about what you can bring to the job that is different and far more valuable from what other job candidates have to offer. In fact, your career mission statement or ‘career summary’, is the strongest selling point on your resume and that’s why you should pay extra attention to it.
For those who don’t know what a career mission statement is, it is the opening paragraph of your resume that includes three to four sentences explaining who you are, what you have to offer and what you want from your career. Since this is the first thing employers will see on your resume, you have to make it easy for them determine your value as a job candidate.
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If you want to create your own career mission statement and make a good impression, here is what you need to do:
1. Think About Your Key Skills
The best way to approach your career mission statement is to think about your key skills. This should be easy enough to do considering that you are well aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Before you write anything down, make sure that what your strongest competencies are directly associated with the job on the offer. This means that for every resume you send out you will need to emphasise the skills that make you a good fit. Think about the core values and qualities that make you the person employers want to have on their team.
2. Think About Your Accomplishments
To give employers a good deal of information about what you did in your previous jobs and what made you exceptional, you will need to highlight some of your biggest accomplishments. Since it will probably take some time to come up with a good one, prepare a draft of things you have done that can be considered accomplishments. For example, you can say that you have led a project to help fundraising, or suggested a change in company policy that had made a huge profit. These things will wow employers and encourage them to ring you up.
3. Think About Your Goals
Last but not least, this is where you show employers your intentions. While sending out your resume to an employer shows that you want to work for them, this doesn’t necessarily tell them how long you are willing to stay with them once you are hired. That’s why the last sentence of your career summary should clearly state the position you want and your career goals. To help you out, think about why you are applying for the job, what you are hoping to get from it and how it fits with what you want to get out of your career.
A career mission statement shows employers that you have certain goals in place, and you are after a plan. This means that you are not letting fate decide where your career takes you but instead you can see where you are going in the future. This is something employers want to see considering that they want to hire employees who are willing to stay with the company long-term.
Creating an effective career mission statement isn’t difficult, it just takes some time until you come up with the right words to describe your career goal. So, would you include a career objective on your resume? If not, why not? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…