Make Your Resume Objective Statement Stand Out!

January 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

bulls eye164463322You’ve sifted through hundreds of scholarships and now is the time to apply! Mission #1: Your Resume. Resumes don’t seem so difficult at the onset, it’s basically an overview of what you’ve done that’s relevant to the scholarship you are applying to. It’s a time to brag, time to strut your stuff, and show them what you’re made of. The only question is, what should you do with this resume objective statement…

What Is An Objective Statement?

Many resumes include an objective statement to convey to the reader your primary focus, skills, and purpose. While the objective statement is optional, it is a chance to succinctly state your cover letter in a couple of sentences and give.

Where Does The Objective Statement Appear

Your objective statement is typically at the top of your resume right below your contact information. Since it’s at the top, think of it as making your first impression.

Writers Beware

While the objective statement on a resume can highlight your key qualities and purpose, it can also be an area of downfall if not done correctly. To prevent this, make sure you have:

  • Customized each objective statement to the award you are applying for
  • Read through the award purpose, criteria, and qualifications of the previous award recipients
  • Written your objective statement to be as specific as possible

What To Include

When writing your objective statement, you will want to be specific and clear. Tell them about the scholarship you are applying for, your background and experience, and what you have to offer. You can mention your major, career goals, and why you deserve the award.

How To Make It Stand Out

Your objective statement should not be what you will gain out of being the scholarship recipient. Instead, it should be about what you plan to do for them! In many cases they are giving you hundreds – or even thousands of dollars – so you want to let them know it’s in good hands. Tell them about your academic and professional goals, and how you plan to give back.

Objective Statement Example

  • Finance student at ABC University who earned honors in her field, completed an Investment Analyst internship in London,  and who seeks ABC award to continue to pursuing a career in investment banking.

2 Comments

  1. Maria Iglesias says:

    I would like to get a scholarship for my son. He is an excellent student and I´d like he could have the opportunity to study abroad. if you can sed me some information I will thank you a million.

  2. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for visiting. A great place to get started is in our scholarship database. You can begin the search for a scholarship here.

    Good luck!

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