Why the CV with Failures Is More Valuable Than the List of Wins

  | Richard Nolan

The whole CV writing process can be a real struggle to many people. Presenting yourself in the right way isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have any impressive skills and experience yet or simply don’t know where to start. If finding your strong sides and wins isn’t easy, why don’t you focus on making a list of your failures instead?

It might seem too unexpected and even outrageous at first. You might ask us (and yourselves) «And how exactly will it benefit me?».

Well, actually there are plenty of reasons to do so. You’ve probably heard the saying «failures are where change happens» – and it’s true indeed. Sure, failing definitely isn’t pleasant – but if you’re going to make a CV of your failures, there’s nothing to fear: everything bad had already happened. What’s left to do is to document that «everything» and make the most out of it.

So why exactly should you make a CV of your failures?

1. To find out more about them.

You probably don’t remember each one of your failures. You probably don’t even want to. However, when you forget about failures, you can also forget about how they changed your life.

There’s a pretty big chance that each one of your prominent failures had helped you to grow and become better in some way. By making a list of them you’ll be able to see clearly how each and every failure had affected you and what you’ve learned from them.

2. To demonstrate what you’ve learned.

Now that you have this knowledge, you can use it to explain to your potential employees how you react to challenges and overcome obstacles. Showing the HRs what you’ve learned from all your mistakes might seem like a risky thing to do – but it is an honest thing that many HRs would appreciate.

3. To learn more about your weaknesses.

Making a CV of failures is all about systemizing your falls. Systematization is great for identifying your weaknesses: after you read such a CV, you’ll be able to see patterns more clearly. Maybe you’d failed because you didn’t prepare well enough. Maybe you did so because you didn’t have any experience or because you lacked some skills.

While this research probably won’t feel pleasant at the moment, it will help you greatly in the future. As soon as you find the main reasons for your failures, you’ll know what your weaknesses are. And knowing this will help you improve yourself if not eliminate them completely.

There are plenty of people who consider writing a CV of failures after hearing about these reasons. However, most of them still use it for personal research only and avoid actually submitting it to the companies.

Of course, that’s not a thing that can be recommended for everyone. We aren’t encouraging you to take a risk if you don’t want to. However, you still should know about the reasons to send such a CV to the HRs so you can make your decision armed with full knowledge.

How sending a CV of failures to an actual company can benefit you?

The job market is very busy these days. Finding a new employee seems much easier than crafting a proper thesis statement during college years: there are plenty of resumes posted online and sent to the HRs each day, after all.

However, this isn’t necessarily as easy as it seems – both for the HRs and for the candidates. The HRs spend most of the time scanning through the CVs that look pretty much alike, while the candidates struggle to impress.

Let’s be honest here: most of the CVs are very similar. What’s even worse is that they almost always focus on the positive aspects only. While the reasons behind this are very understandable, try putting yourself in the HR’s shoes and seeing how it looks like. When most of the CVs are written this way, they aren’t only similar – they also might seem unrealistic. There isn’t an employee without flaws and drawbacks, after all.

So what can happen after you submit a CV of failures? In the worst case, it will be ignored by the HRs – but then you can always post a proper one to minimize the risks. In the best case, the HRs will be surprised.

What does this mean? First, you’ll grab their attention right from the start. As the HRs usually don’t have much time to spend on resume reading, they make the decision about whether to continue reading or not very quickly. This means you have to catch their attention really fast in order to encourage them to continue reading.

Second, you’ll present yourself as an honest (even painfully honest) person. You will give them something unusual and you will stand out by judging your skills and experience fairly. Chances are the HRs will not only finish reading your CV but will actually invite you to an interview as well.

Summing this up, while the CV of failures is usually written for personal reasons, it can also be used to actually get a job of your dreams. If you do want to try this, do this quickly, while the approach is still fresh and does have the desired effect. And if you don’t want to risk – still consider writing such a CV! After all, it could help you learn something, improve your weaknesses, and turn your failures into positive life experience.

Authors Bio: Richard Nolan is a professional educator and team building coach, sharing his experience in spheres of writing, blogging, entrepreneurship and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students. Follow him on Facebook

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