As an LPN looking for a new job, you’re likely well-versed in the importance of outlining your previous experience and education. However, did yo u know that your professional objective located at the top of the resume is among the most important elements of your resume? Because a hiring manager likely spends less than one minute skimming your resume, you must actively work to enhance the viability of your experience by creating the perfect objective statement.
While some feel that this piece of the resume is overrated, the majority of hiring managers throughout the industry still routinely read this objective as a means of determining whether or not you have the chops for the job.
If you wish to create a high-impact resume – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t – then you must first be clear about why you’re sending your resume in the first place. When you have a clearly defined objective statement, you’re able to construct a resume that clearly conveys the necessary experience the hiring manager is looking for.
In the most generalized sense, a resume objective is an effective way to grab (no, demand) the attention of a hiring manager. Unfortunately, the majority of LPN job seekers misunderstand the actual objective of a resume objective.
A resume objective is supposed to be a short paragraph informing the hiring manager of your skills, abilities and knowledge that will help the company achieve their goals. The objective statement is not supposed to tell the company what you want from them and how being hired will help your career. Remember, the objective statement is not about you – rather, it’s about how your involvement with the company will boost their overall goals and assist in accomplishing their overall vision.
As an LPN, then you’ll need to primarily focus on your general personality and work ethic traits that pertain to your overall character and personality. The goal is to paint yourself as a truly valuable employee. You can accomplish this by thinking of your objective statement as three distinct part.
The first part is a self introduction that briefly touch on your most provable/strongest traits. The second part is a swift blurb telling the hiring manager the role in which you wish to fill within the company. The last section of the objective statement is to emphasize that you and the company have the same goals and that you’re a reliable employee dedicated to the success of the company – not for your sake, but for the sake of the company.