June 18, 2010, Newsletter Issue #103: Use action words in your Objectives section

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Your Objectives section of your resume provides a one paragraph overview of what you want in a job and what you can offer the employer. This is the first thing an employer will read, so make it snappy and exciting by using action words!

Here are some examples of great opening paragraphs...

Creative graphics design professional seeking freelance projects. Professional, experienced, reliable and accustomed to meeting tight deadlines.

Speed typist seeking work as an independent contractor or full time offsite member of your team. Specialist in medical and business transcription and an expert in producing high quality materials with a fast turnaround.

Expert internet researcher seeking projects that require accurate results and fast turnaround. Equipped with high speed cable modem and willing to work off-hours if necessary.

Programming specialist seeking projects that require my skills in CGI, Javascript, HTML and Flash. Extensive portfolio with numerous satisfied clients

Note that you should omit the typical "I want to work from home so I can be with my kids" paragraphs that some people think are a good idea. There are some very good reasons to avoid these statements. You need to focus on the highlights of your skills, rather than focusing on your desired location.

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