The Most Impressive CV I Have Ever Seen

Today’s post was written by one of our founders, Melikshah Ünver. In it, he describes why the best CV he ever saw contained a list of fuckups.

Most CVs do everything possible to emphasise what you did right but the best CV I have ever seen had a prominent list of “failures and fuckups”. Let me tell you why this impressed me so much.

Openness. That’s the short version. To go into a bit more detail, I really value working with people who will be totally honest with me. In this case, I was struck by honesty in a situation where people are usually skirting the truth (if not outright lying).

This person was completely upfront and I appreciated it for two reasons. Firstly, I admired his self-confidence and it immediately made me think that he must have some serious successes to counterbalance the “fuckups” he was happy to share with me. Secondly, it let me get a deep appreciation for who he was and what he could do, meaning I could make a truly informed decision about hiring him.

This kind of honesty is really refreshing and, while I appreciate it at any level, I think it becomes more important as a person becomes more senior.

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2 thoughts on “The Most Impressive CV I Have Ever Seen”

  1. Citizen of the real world

    If your advice is that people should start listing their fuck ups on their CV when applying for jobs, that’s really bad advice.

    Not everyone would be as bowled over by “quirky, cute” as you nor would they assume a person “must” have serious success to counterbalance all these fuck ups.

    From a job applicant, your best chance of success is to put yourself in the best possible light in ways you can verify prior to employment and reproduce upon employment.

    From an employers perspective, your best chance of getting the right candidate is having a detailed knowledge of the skills required, identifying applicants that meet that criteria and interviewing them about the more essential aspects to garnish their understanding, experience and expertise in the role.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts on this. However, I think perhaps Melikshah’s original points were unclear, judging by your comments.

      That is not his general advice. This is just a specific example of something that impressed him and that others could learn from.

      Also, quirky and cute are not adjectives that were either used or felt. It was also not an assumption that the person’s successes outweighed the “fuckups” – they were of course also detailed on the CV.

      The point is rather to have the confidence to show that you have learned from your mistakes.

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