All resumes should start with a tailored resume introduction. A resume objective is a type of resume introduction that summarizes in a few lines why you’d be the perfect person for the job.
What Is A Resume Objective?
A good resume objective is a three-sentence to five-sentence overview of your most salient achievements, skills and qualifications tailored to the business analyst role you’re applying for. It’s placed at the top of your resume, just after your contact details.
Your objective should include how many years of experience you have as a business analyst and state your current career goals — hence the name resume objective. By providing these details, you give the hiring manager an idea of how much experience you have to offer, and how their company can benefit by hiring you.
The main focus of your resume objective should be the needs of the company you’re applying for. Make sure everything you include demonstrates how you can fulfil their needs.
It’s a good idea to refer to the job posting as you write your resume objective to ensure what you’re writing mirrors what the hiring manager is looking for in a business analyst.
How Do You Write An Effective Resume Objective?
Let’s take a look at a strong business analyst resume objective:
Business Analyst with 7+ years of experience using key techniques and tools to analyze processes and business operations. Seeking to employ my strong prioritization skills and analytical ability in the Senior Business Analyst role at your company. Have an M.A. in Business Administration as well as a Certification of Competency in Business Analysis.
This successful resume objective can be broken down into three sentences:
First sentence: This mentions how many years of experience you have in the field, as well as what your specialty is. In this example, the candidate highlights their 7 years’ experience in the field. Notice how they use numbers — numbers are more eye-catching than words, so they’re more likely to be noticed by the hiring manager. It’s essential to make your resume eye-catching, because most hiring managers look at each resume for just 7 seconds on average.
Second sentence: This outlines the specific skills that make you a strong candidate for the job, as well as your current career goals. This sample candidate has strong prioritization and analytical skills, so opts to highlight them in their resume objective.
The candidate also clarifies which role they’re applying for at their target company to demonstrate that they’ve researched the role and know something about what it entails. It’s also possible the company has multiple job openings to offer and the candidate wants to avoid confusion.
Third sentence: This spells out why your educational background makes you the right choice for the job. The candidate in the example mentions their master’s degree and certification — qualifications that are directly related to the job they’re applying for.
What Makes This An Effective Resume Objective?
First, hiring managers would immediately be interested in speaking with a candidate who has over 7 years of experience in business analysis, because it indicates they’ll likely have accumulated many skills and will be able to start the job with minimal training.
Additionally, they’ll be impressed that the candidate has strong prioritization and business analysis skills, since these are core skills needed to successfully analyze processes, business operations and provide useful feedback.
While they’re touched upon in the resume objective, to be really effective, such skills should be explained in more detail in your work history section.
Preferably, you should use numbers when you write your work history bullet points. Doing so gives the hiring manager some context.
For example, you might have used your business analysis skills to reduce inefficiencies in budgeting processes by 47%. This statistic gives the hiring manager an insight into your capabilities, and proves that you’re capable of achieving similar results for the company you want to work for as well.
I’ve Written My Resume Objective. Now What?
Your resume objective will be the first thing the hiring manager sees, so it’s important to write an effective one that incentivizes the hiring manager to invite you for an interview.
After you’ve written your resume objective, make sure the rest of your resume expands on the information you’ve provided. Your resume should support your objective so that it looks consistent and truthful.
This means if you mention any skills in your resume objective, list them in your skills section, and provide examples of you using them in your work history section.
Once you’ve finished your resume, give it to friends and family to read and check for errors and typos — you’d be surprised how many small mistakes can make their way onto a resume! Good luck with your job hunt.
Samuel Johns is a career adviser and in-house resume expert on the RG team. He has helped countless job seekers craft high-quality resumes and cover letters, ace interviews, and land dream jobs. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Bristol in the UK in 2013. Samuel’s job-hunt advice has been published in numerous online outlets, including Yahoo, the Enterprisers Project, and Best Company.