Poem: Writing a Resume

Wisława Szymborska (b. July 2, 1923 in Bnin, P...

Wisława Szymborska, a great poet and a laureate of Nobel Prize in Literature was writing about the application process, even if ignorant of the existence of EU Careers. Unrepairable now, as she passed away a few weeks ago in Krakow at the age of 89.


What needs to be done?
Fill out the application
And enclose the resume.

Regardless of the length of life,
A resume is best kept short.

Concise, well-chosen facts are de rigueur.
Landscapes are replaced by addreses,
Shaky memories give way to unshakable dates.

Of all your loves, mention only the marriage;
Of all your children, only those who were born.

Who knows your matters more than whom you know.
Trips only if taken abroad.
Membership in what but without why.
Honors, but not how they were earned.

Write as if you’d never talked to yourself
And always kept yourself at arms length.

Pass over in silence your dogs, cats, birds,
Dusty keepsakes, friends and dreams.

Price, not worth,
And title, not what’s inside.
His shoe size, not where he’s off to,
That one you pass off as yourself.
In addition, a photograph with one year showing.
What matters is its shape, not what it hears.
What is there to hear, anyway?
The clatter of paper shredders.


Source Credit: EU CAREERS Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EU.Careers.EPSO/posts/10150521296971088