My anti-cv

If you have read my curriculum vitae, it’s time to talk to you about the anti-curriculum.

What is that?

The anti-cv summarises the professional life of the person, without hiding the failures and situations in which fate had a decisive role (in one way or another): in short, what you would never write in an official cv, rigorously designed to represent you as a professional without spot or fear.

Why is anti-cv becoming more and more important?

Headhunters, Human Resources people and interviewers have realised that the profiles available on LinkedIn give them only a general view of the person.

They can present some drawbacks:

  • roles and responsibilities described generously;
  • successes or decisions induced by luck or chance reported as courageous personal choices;
  • failures are carefully hidden under the carpet.

The value of the anti-curriculum is evident; preparing your anti-curriculum will help you to become aware of yourself and be better prepared for the future, not only for the selection process.

Want an example?

I will present the significant steps of my professional life, in which luck played an important role, or I did not achieve the results I expected: you can use my curriculum vitae as a reference.

Here is my anti-curriculum.


  • Since I come from a working-class family, I decided to study chemical engineering because I wanted to avoid the torments of the unemployment that hit my father.
  • Instead, I discover a new and varied discipline, suitable to accompany my curiosity and the need to tackle new and different topics ever.


  • Several circumstances favoured my job at Reuters Italy.
  • The job advertisement requires personnel in Milan with substantial experience in the sale of economic and financial information: I have just a basic knowledge of the financial markets developed for personal interests and, moreover, I live in Rome.
  • The difficulty in finding personnel with adequate skills/knowledge and the desire of the Country Manager to place a “terrone” salesman (like him …) among excellent northern sales professionals do the rest.


  • In Reuters Italy, I discover that I have a talent in sales.
  • Talent still made shining by the fact that my colleagues do not want to cover the North-East of Italy, extensive and challenging to cover but also in healthy economic growth; in the North-East the demand for economic-financial information is sustained.
  • In short, sales “rain” and I “just need to push” to bring home excellent results.


  • The difficulties that the headhunting company responsible for selecting the sales director of Ansa News Agency are the occasion for a jump in my career.
  • After contacting many of my colleagues (everyone talks about this opportunity at the coffee machine!), they come to me: perhaps technically prepared, my management style was certainly not suitable for Ansa in those years.
  • The experience ends after less than three years, in a climate that I would hardly define relaxed.


  • After (the e-commerce site I managed) close down, I started looking for a job.
  • In July I have several and exciting possibilities; in September the attack on the New York twin towers takes thousands of lives away: and my opportunities too.
  • I begin to work as a consultant waiting for better times; a colleague invites me to write a paper oo Intellectual Capital (a topic unknown to me at the time): this topic will shortly become the guiding star of my second professional life (this is the book I wrote on the subject ).


  • I decide not to accept an undoubtedly dangerous proposal as the managing director of a start-up and to choose to work as a business consultant.


  • I consider myself poorly prepared to manage an audience and resist the requests to work as a trainer and bring my experience into the classroom; in the end, I am forced to accept, and the result is, for me surprisingly, outstanding.


My friend Federico Silvestri insists that I publish my experiences in a blog: soon I end up giving in.


I think it’s all relevant that can report on my anti-curriculum, which complements my official cv.

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