Objective: Updated Resume

Yesterday’s all-staff “town hall” meeting went about as well as I expected.  So well in fact that I went online and started looking at job listings practically the moment I got back to my desk.

With three possibilities I figured I should update my resume. Not that I will even send it. Looking was a knee-jerk response … mostly. But I updated the resume anyway and have thought all night about other ways to polish it. Part of the revision was a rewrite of the objective statement. I’d welcome feedback if you’re so inclined. Happy almost Friday!

“To contribute to the success of a professional firm or organization which has a team-oriented* and supportive environment consistent with the further development of my skills and best utilization** of my experience.”

*I should point out that “team-oriented” was in the original version and is meant to convey a spirit of camaraderie rather than the Shared Services model launched by the Powers That Be earlier this year. I’m fine being a member of a team; not so good at being THE TEAM all by myself.

**Yes, I know it’s overused. If you have an alternative I’d be happy to hear it. ☺

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18 thoughts on “Objective: Updated Resume

  1. Instead of “team-oriented” why not go with “group-focused”? This phrase came to me from John Cleese’s (yes, the John Cleese with the dead parrot) management training video “More Bloody Meetings”. His lesson was that meetings should do three things: unite the group, focus the group, and mobilize the group. I’m not sure why he used the word “group” instead of “team”, but I think it sends a signal that getting business done is not a game.

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  2. The only thing that concerns me in the use of team oriented would be, if I was a prospective employer, and was looking to hire someone for a job where they would be working alone, I might disqualify you…unless that’s what you want!!

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  3. What would you think about starting it with “To use my skills and experience in _________, to contribute to the success” ? You can add a few details that highlight your talents.

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    • I like flipping the beginning. I may play with that. The work history covers quite a lot of ground when it comes to my experience and talents though. Adding some of that here may be redundant. It bears some pondering however. Thanks!

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  4. Maybe, try – “To contribute to the success of a professional firm or organization by utilizing my extensive experience within a supportive, team-oriented environment, where I will also be able to further development my skills”?

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  5. I think it’s a bit vague, actually; it doesn’t specify the kind of position you want. Even within the sphere of “legal secretary” there must be a lot of variety, depending on the size and kind of organization (public or private) and the kind of law practiced (criminal, corporate, litigation, family). As for phrasing, I think every organization would consider its work environment team-oriented and supportive, whether it is or not; those are mostly just buzzwords these days. (And aren’t all legal firms and organizations “professional”? Amateur practice of law is discouraged, isn’t it?)

    Try to be more specific about what the position you want actually looks like: how many attorneys would you work with directly? Is that the whole team, or a part of a larger whole? What specific skills do you want to develop, and what experience do you want to put to use in this potential new environment? Consider something concrete, such as “A senior position with a small-to-medium sized litigation firm, where my project management experience and supervisory skills will have room to grow.”

    It’s tempting to think that “I’m willing to work anywhere” opens up more options, but vague wording gives the impression that you don’t know what you want. Specificity is more useful to recruiters and employers.

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  6. Oh, and I read somewhere this week that, as long as you’re staying in the same profession, an Objective statement isn’t really necessary. If your work history shows years as a legal sec, and you’re applying for legal sec jobs, you don’t need to say that’s what you’re after. It’s when you’re changing career tracks, and using a non-chronological resumé, that such a thing is helpful to focus attention on your skills and relevant experience rather than the developed career path. So you might be able to do without an Objective statement!

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