Thesis Statement for Employment

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A thesis statement, when used for job searching, is a brief description of yourself, your characteristics, and your skills.  It’s used to demonstrate your interest in a job and to show how you would benefit an organization. Should you have a thesis statement? And if so, how do you create one? Read on to learn what you need to know about writing your thesis statement for an employment search.

Thesis statements should be short, no more than a sentence or two. They may be used in cover letters, referral letters, or other job search correspondence to present your qualifications and aptitude for a job. The first step to writing your thesis statement is to put some thought into what position you want to apply for, what you have to offer a company, and why an employer should want to hire you.

How to Brainstorm What Belongs in Your Employment Thesis Statement

Like an elevator pitch, coming up with a thesis statement requires some introspection. It will likely take some time to craft the best possible encapsulation of what you want in a job, as well as what you can offer to a company. Here are some tips for developing a strong thesis statement:

  • Keep it short: Again, as with an elevator pitch, a thesis statement should be brief. Aim for a sentence or a couple sentences. If it's a paragraph, your thesis statement is too long.
  • And direct: It should be easy to read your thesis statement, and understand your point. Use simple, clear language. Avoid overly complicated syntax and sentence structure. Hiring managers don’t want to take the time to figure out what you’re trying to say. This isn’t the time to show off your knowledge of obscure words.
  • Consider your skills: What makes you special as a candidate? What can you do well – and what can you do well that others in your field do not necessarily have to offer? This is important information to convey. When you use your thesis statement, you'll want to target this information to the job you are applying for. That is, you may have an IT certification and also be a strong presenter, but if you're applying for a job as a computer technician, the IT certification is the more important aspect to mention.
  • Frame your skills as benefits to the company: One goal of a thesis statement is to make it readily apparent to a hiring manager how hiring you will be beneficial to the company. You may need to do a little research on the company first.

Developing a thesis statement is an excellent way to build confidence in your job search. You can use your thesis statement on your resume, in the objectives or summary section. You can also use a thesis statement in cover letters. In a cover letter, the thesis statement is part of why you're writing. So, place your thesis statement in the section about why you’re writing the cover letter.

For instance, I'm writing to apply for the administrative assistant position at ABC company. My strong communication and organizational skills, as well as my ability to create order out of chaos, make me an excellent match for this position. 

In addition, having a solid thesis statement may make it easier for you to network with others, for example, at job fairs, because you won’t have to think about what to say when someone asks what type of job you want to find. Essentially, your thesis statement and your elevator pitch can be similar to each other.

More Thesis Statement Examples

If you’re not sure what to include in your thesis statement, take a look at these examples. You may use them to come up with something similar, just remember to tailor the statement to your specific situation:

  • My fascination with numbers combined with my strong accounting skills and mathematics minor would help me to make a solid contribution in this role.
  • My ability to successfully implement current web design technology and develop and maintain sites for start-up IT companies would enable me to contribute to XYZ company.
  • My full fluency in Spanish along with my strong marketing and communication skills would be an asset to your company.
  • I have created sales strategies that have achieved 40% revenue growth per year. I am able to motivate sales forces and design incentive programs to achieve short and long-term sales goals.