In a previous article I mentioned the fact that in Jamaica, if you have to apply for a position, you won’t get it.
I’m not talking about those low level open door type of things where there is no prestige and the pay is low.
I’m discussing the kind of posts you apply for, submit your Curriculum Vitae and will be interviewed in a conference room or office.
These posts only go to a small category of people;
1. Bed Warmers
When a man is dispensing with last year’s gal so as to take up with this one, and he is a politician or has money, he gets the gal a post; whether in government or business.
It will come with a title and a bag of perquisites.
The gal can’t do the job, obviously, so there will be assistants and various consultants and advisers also hired.
In some cases the gal is the wife of some guy the Person in Charge needs to please, so she gets the post. The other candidates may be far more qualified, but she gets the post.
In other cases, a guy, to protect his pocket, gets a job for his gal so that she has her own money and won’t be bothering him every minute.
Who your father or mother is, or your grandfather, or you uncle or aunt makes an application for a position a formality. You want it? It is yours.
Whether you need to take your shoes off to count over ten, whether you virtually need a handler to keep you walking a straight line doesn’t matter.
When you want the job you make it clear that ‘My Daddy is the Member of Parliament for…” or “My Uncle owns that big company…” and the carpet is rolled out.
A lot of rich people buy a politician. Not that they expect the politician to have much use in anything that interests them, but they expect the politician to insure that they or their children get posts.
High Paying, lots of perquisite posts.
Some people see/hear things they shouldn’t and to make sure their families don’t collect on their life insurance, just ask for something they can get; like…oh… Advisor to the Minister of… or Chairman of…. nothing difficult to be granted.
This is why Jamaica and other such nations are kakiscracies. You can bet the guy who is appointed ‘consultant’ knows less about the field he is to be consulted on then the person who asks him.
You can put your pot on the fire when some big post comes vacant that the person who is going to get it falls into one of the 3 categories.
If you are a fool and want to make enemies, just be qualified and apply for the post before finding out if it is already promised.
The best thing to do is have a ‘contact’ who can tell you, (six months before the vacancy) that ‘Janet‘ is going to get it. That means you don’t bother apply.
It doesn’t matter if you wrote the law. It doesn’t matter if you have been in the field for ten years. Ability, qualifications, experience mean nothing. If you don’t fall into one of the 3 categories, you won’t get it.