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Man Fills Résumé With Failures & Non-Skills, Gets Eight Responses In A Month
By Valerie Chang, 20 Jul 2015
A couple of months ago, we ran the story of ‘The Relevant Résumé’—a résumé that wants you to talk about your failures, non-skills, missed honors and bad references.
Indubitably, while individuals saw the idea as refreshing, many wondered if it would really work and if employers would be receptive to the unconventional job application.
The man behind the Relevant Résumé, Jeff Scardino, decided to put it to the test by applying for jobs with his innovative résumé.
The senior creative at Ogilvy & Mather applied for 10 jobs—such as the positions of a senior writer, creative director, lifestyle reporter and proofreader—with both a regular résumé and the Relevant Résumé.
He said, “I kept it within my skill set. But I did expand outside of advertising by applying for writing roles.”
For the two separate applications—spaced out over a week—he used a different name and address for each.
While the regular résumé showcased his achievements and accolades, Scardino bared his regrets, romantic failures and punctuality issues in the Relevant Résumé.
Within a month, his Relevant Résumé has helped him snag eight responses and five meeting requests, while he has only received one response and zero meeting requests with the regular résumé.
While surprising, these results are a heartening and encouraging sign that companies are welcoming of candidates who are transparent and honest.
Nevertheless, Scardino acknowledged that the little experiment was focused on the creative industries. But he said it is not a one-off test, and he plans to make the Relevant Résumé more applicable to the job hunt.
Check out the video summarizing his experience below:
[via Business Insider, images via Jeff Scardino]
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