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Achievements, credits, report cards with flying colours are what recruiters expect to on CVs but Johannes Haushofer, the Princeton psychology professor had decided that it is more important for one to learn from his or her failure than showing off the success.

In a CV of failures which has six parts including: “Degree programs I did not get into”, “Academic positions and fellowships I did not get”, “Research funding I did not get” are among his major “achievements”.

Check out the full CV of failures on twitter.

In an interview with The Independent, the professor said he is not sure that setbacks are as important as achievements.  

“I do think we learn from failures, but I’m not convinced anyone would be worse off if they didn’t have any,” Haushofer said.

His special CV was inspired by a 2010 Nature article by Melanie Stefan, a lecturer at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She suggested that keeping a visible record of your rejected applications can help others to deal with setbacks.

“I’m hoping that it will be a source of perspective at times when things aren’t going well, especially for student and my fellow young researchers,” he said.

“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,” Haushofer wrote on the CV.

As a researcher working in Princeton, Haushofer is by no means a failure in the public eye.  He said he is surprised by the reaction  from students and other young researchers about his resume.  

“The reception suggests to me we need new tools to help all of us deal with the pressure of academia,” he said.

More on weird ways that candidates present themselves, Marc Denholm a recruitment consultant at Talent Hive in New Zealand told Business Insider a candidate listed himself being a “overly generous lover” as his weaknesses on his resume.

“My looks can be a distraction in the workplace to members of the opposite sex (and in some cases the same sex). I have been told I am an overly generous lover. The filter between my brain and my mouth does not always operate as it should.” the candidate wrote.

“It was right at the bottom of the resume, the very last section of it, and my initial reaction was one of laughter,” Denholm said.

Despite the unconventional nature of the resume, things ended up working out for the applicant. Denholm said the candidate had good work experience and was a great fit for the role.  

“I met with the candidate for an interview, which went well,” he says. “He is professional and well-aligned to my vacancy.”

ALSO READ: How to deal with concerns of CV fraud among senior leaders

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