/ Asked by Quantika
I am currently applying for several different positions. Should my career objective match the different positions that i'm applying for?
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, April 29, 2016

The short answer - yes.  You want to cater your resume as much as possible to the role that you are applying to.  

But, with that said, I wouldn't necessarily advise that you always have to have an objective statement.  If you are finding it tough to fit other relevant material on your resume, and it came down to your objective or listing a few computer applications that you have experience with, I'd definitely do away with the objective statement.  To be entirely honest, I only give the objective statement a quick glace to make sure they weren't referencing applying to a different role or other company (happens more often than you would think).  

If you do want to keep an objective statement, keep it short and catered to the role.  But,  if you find that your objective statement really doesn't match your true interests, skip applying to the role altogether.  It's probably not the right fit for you or the company.

Good luck in your search!

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 29, 2016
While it may require some additional work on your part, yes, it is always a good idea to customize your resume for each different position you apply to.  The benefits of doing this are twofold.  One, it will show the company to which you are applying that you have gone above and beyond to market yourself to their company.  By specifically customizing the objective, it shows the company that you have taken the time to think about the role and how you may fit into it.  Secondly, it will give you the opportunity to bring to the forefront of your resume those areas of your background that might resonate with the employer to which you are applying.  For example, if your volunteer work more closely matches what that company is about, you could bring that to the top of your resume and deemphasize the areas of your experience for which there is less of a connection.
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, May 2, 2016
Absolutely! You should customize your objectives and highlight relevant work experience /projects for each position you apply for. You want to stand out and this is one way to do so. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I would suggest doing everything in your power to market yourself as an ideal candidate for the positions you are applying to. Utilizing your career objective is a great way to signal to recruiters the type of position you are looking for, as well as why you are interested in that position. Another element to consider is customizing the skills and experience you have on your resume. Many choose to tailor their resume and buzz words to the different positions they are applying for. This type of approach allows the candidate to highlight specific experiences and skills that the job description may be asking for.
Customizing your resume to specific positions can seem like a grueling task as you continue to apply for jobs. However, I believe taking a more customized approach will benefit you in the future. Good luck with your job search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I would echo everyone else and say yes, your career objective should change based on the position you are applying to. It is okay to update your objective every time you apply to a position. It is also okay, and encouraged, to have multiple versions of your resume so that it is tailored to the position you are applying to. You may want to slightly alter your roles and responsibilities to focus on the specific job you are applying to. You should never falsify your responsibilities, but you may want to focus more on specific responsibilities as opposed to others based on what the job you are applying to would require.
Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
As a leader of Talent Acquisition, what I look for in career objectives are their authenticity. With the thousands of resumes and career objectives that recruiting professionals look at, it is very easy to spot the generic statements that come across as insincere.

My advice is come up with a true statement of your career objectives that would describe your longer-term plan in simple, plain words. Think of it as your 30-second elevator pitch. You should be able to answer it anytime someone asks or anytime you need to submit it on an application. Then as you apply to different roles, you can adapt, add or modify the statement, while maintaining your core message.

This will also help you plan out your career goals and focus on which companies and industries you are truly interested in and best-suited for.

Good luck!
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