When sifting through résumés during my time as a staffing manager, it was a huge pet peeve to review bullet points that lacked a measurable list of achievements to substantiate the job seeker’s claims.
In my experience, when candidates failed to provide specific metricsand clear accomplishments on their résumé, they were often overlooked.
Business Insider reached out to various experts on the matter, and many of them agreed that job seekers who fail to include measurements of success are making a huge mistake.
“Lack of measurements and results in the file is my biggest résumé pet peeve,” executive résumé writer and career strategist Adrienne Tom told Business Insider. “Without any measurements of success, the file is lacking proof of skill.”
Overall, a laundry list of daily tasks does nothing to convince the recruiter that the job seeker will be able to provide value in the role at hand.
And while you may say that recruiters could just use job titles to gauge what a person did, this is not nearly as feasible as it might seem.
“A job title alone is not enough to clarify personal value, complexity of skill set, or breadth of expertise,” said Tom. “What matters most in a résumé will be the results that each individual has generated within their roles, regardless of title or rank.”
Also, it is important to remember that job titles do not have universal meaning. Tom explains this concept with the following example:
While it’s a good idea to quantify your success with numbers, your résumé needs to also include language that indicates that you are familiar with the industry.
“Numbers are great, but be sure to include categories, and even clients — anything that will give the reader a sense that you are familiar with the world that the role takes place in,” career expert and résumé writerAndrea Gerson told Business Insider.
By including specific metrics and industry keywords on your résumé, you can show employers what you have done and what you can bring to a specific position.
This article originally appeared in BusinessInsider.com.