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Advice To An Applicant - Parody Rudyard Kipling – If

Rating: 4.5

If you can back your boss and keep on smiling,
while toning down his brash absurdities,
if, having watched the man manhandle filing,
you rearrange the folders pretty please,
if coy and charming, beautiful, beguiling,
anticipating all contingencies,
you manage new accounts, contacts redialling,
correct crass spelling, cover vagaries...

If you can keep your head while he’s resiling,

evolve successful counter-strategies,
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james smith 01 May 2021

brilliant as ever. I have been in this position and it is quietly tough.

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