Princeton professor posts resume of failures

By Daniel Uria
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PRINCETON, N.J., May 3 (UPI) -- A Princeton University professor provided a unique take on the resume by sharing a document that compiled the failures he experienced throughout his career rather than the successes.

Johannes Haushofer shared his "CV of Failures" chronicling programs and academic positions he was not chosen for as well as grants and awards that he did not receive.


"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.

He credited the idea to an article in Nature by Melanie I. Stefan and admitted that his resume was likely missing several incidents he failed to remember.

"This CV is unlikely to be complete – it was written from memory and probably omits a lot of stuff," he wrote. "So if it's shorter than yours, it's likely because you have better memory, or because you're better at trying things than me."

Haushofer added an extra category to his CV of Failures titled "Meta-Failures" poking fun at the popularity of the document began after it circulating around the internet.


"This darn CV of Failures has received way more attention than my entire body of academic work," he wrote.

He also tweeted a warning to anyone who viewed his negative resume and was inspired to do the same in order to gain some kind of success.

"Dear everyone writing your own CV of failures: just to point out I'm not aware of scientific evidence saying it does anything good for you." he wrote.

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