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The CV of failures of a professor at Princeton University

« Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. » Here are the words of Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton University, to introduce his unusual and interesting CV of failures!

An unusual and inspiring CV

Generally one faces more failures than successes. Yet failures are synonymous with attempt and ambition. If I failed, that is because I tried at least. That is praiseworthy somehow. Just like Professor Haushofer estates in his CV:” This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.” The purpose of this funny CV is to “encourage others to keep trying in the face of disappointment”, The Guardian wrote.

Thus, the professor set up a list of “Degrees program I did not get into”, “Academic positions and fellowships I did not get”, “Awards and scholarships I did not get” or even “Paper rejections from academic journals”.  You can have a look on this CV by clicking here.

Should the firms learn from this CV?

Johaness Haushofer published his CV on Twitter and his work has been more successful than he expected. Just like the professor wrote at the end of his CV:” This darn CV of Failures has received way more attention than my entire body of academic work.Capture d’écran (60)

Haushofer’s CV has been regarded as “inspiring” and “brilliant”. However the professor admited that this idea is not his. Indeed he inspired himself from an article written by Melanie Stefan, an academic at Edinburgh University.

What if applicants for a job sent a CV of failures? Wouldn’t it be more interesting or significant? Just like the best-selling author Denis Waitley wrote: Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. “

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