Careers: A Professor’s CV of Failures.

People who chose to go against the status quo because they believe in self exploration never get disappointed in the long run if they persevere. A professor at Princeton University looking for a new job knew this very well, he then made a choice you won’t believe.

He prepared his CV but instead of marketing his achievements, he decided to reveal his failures.

CNBC  reported that Princeton’s Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Johannes Haushofer shared his personal setbacks via Twitter in a bid to highlight the reality of careers.

He refused to sing songs on his greatest achievements, potentials or expectations as would be normal for any job seeker. In this way, he was being totally honest about his shortcomings.

The CV includes sections titled “Degree programs I did not get into”, “Research funding I did not get” and “Paper rejections from academic journals”.

“Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me,” he said.

“People are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.”

The pièce de résistance on Haushofer’s CV of failures? His “meta-failure”.

“This darn CV of Failures has received way more attention that my entire body of academic work”, the document reads.

While Haushofer has highlighted and accepted his failures, others have not been so gracious – like the airline employee who destroyed a plane with a crane after being fired, or the supermarket reject who attempted to steal a trolley of merchandise on his way out.

Lying on the resume can have results of Olympic proportions. CEOs with Yahoo! and other companies, college coaches, and other officials have been caught lying and suffered the ramifications. And if it happens to you, you could lose your chances of getting the job you want.

Sandra Baldwin, former president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is just one example of the high-profile folks who have been caught lying on their resume.

Her fraudulent resume noted that she graduated in 1961 from the University of Colorado and received a doctorate in 1967 from Arizona State University, in America literature. She never got the doctorate, and her graduation dates were wrong, too.

She resigned in 2002.

7 thoughts on “Careers: A Professor’s CV of Failures.

  1. This is very good for people who never believe change is good. Most job seekers like doing what others have done in the past 100 years. Most times, being different can bring the desired breakthrough we need.