I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled Why I Hire People Who Fail. Not to spoil it, as I recommend everyone read the article, but the premise is quite simple, “mistakes are the predecessors to innovation and success,” so without mistakes and failures, there can be no innovation or success.
In light of my last post, this article opened my eyes to see that failure is good. Dots started connecting in my head, if failure is good and something I should be proud of then why are my failures not showcased on my resume?
What sort of response would I get if I added a section titled “Failures;” on it I could list a variety of things that would definitely add more insight to who I am than a bland list of prior employers. Besides my failures are way more interesting than my (to date) successes and I know that I have learned more in my failures than in my successes.
What sounds better? Listing the duties of a generic role like “Financial Analyst” or listing where you went wrong and what you learned after stating ”Failed at Founding a Social Network for Pets.”
If I were hiring, I know which one would interest me more.