Joan Robinson quipped that the misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all.
I have almost lost count of the number of posts and consultancies for which I have applied over the past 18 months. I have been fortunate to have worked for 30+ years, on interesting tasks & meeting lots of tremendous folk, and I know how much good luck I have enjoyed over time.
My only gripe is with companies that cannot be bothered to acknowledge applications, seemingly careless about the effort that has been made to write a cover letter (“due to the high number of applicants” ); doing assessment exercises and on-line interviews is no guarantee of even the simplest of thank-yous. This cavalier attitude sadly seems to be prevalent in many private companies, and in particular the larger ones, which are themselves dependent on bilateral and multilateral funding. They are bidding for example on governance programmes, and yet seem less than transparent themselves.
The great British satirical magazine “Private Eye” used to have a section in its classified ads for students seeking work, which would invariably say `anything legal considered´. In the meantime I am writing an e-book “A Political Economy of Tropical Forestry“, some parts of which I shall be posting here.