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Old 09-25-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn the best borough in NYC!
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Which sector do you think has much more competition as far as looking for jobs?
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:24 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm in the public sector and in the last year or so we have had far fewer applicants for our jobs. I have hired 4 in that time, in the $55-70k range. Just 3-4 years ago we were getting 50-75 or even 100 applicants, now we get 20-30, of which only 10-12 actually meet the minimum qualifications. Most recently, on one just closed, only 8 applicants and just one (who was hired) met the requirements. I have no recent experience with private sector, to compare, but I do see a lot of positions in our industry posted on LinkedIn lately. I think in general both sectors are similar, hiring but with such low unemployment struggling to find qualified people.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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I would say private sector since it pays more. Benefits are better with the government, but ultimately, most people follow the money. I have worked in both.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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The question is too broad. What specific industry? Which city or region? At what level are you applying?

It can vary tremendously depending on a number of factors.
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Old 09-26-2018, 01:41 PM
 
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Private has more competition, it has lower barrier to entry so anyone can set up shop and compete
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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Depends on how you want to define it. For the Fed at least there are often a lot of applications, but very few actually qualified. Mainly because there are people who shotgun apply to everything.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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Yes
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Old 09-29-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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Depends on how you want to define it. For the Fed at least there are often a lot of applications, but very few actually qualified. Mainly because there are people who shotgun apply to everything.
And I never understand the shotgun approach when it comes to job search like more applications will easy led to a interviews

I always preferred public sector because i rather have income that is ongoing in a "stable job" than more money in a "unstable job"
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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You make even more money, when you go from public to private govt contractor. If you google, you will see stories of former government workers returning as contractors to do the same job for twice the money. A public job that paid them $70k would pay them $140k as a contractor.

If you were a retired employees, they were collecting the pension also. They ended up making 2.5 times their old salary. Keep in mind you don't have to wait until 65 to get full pension benefits. I suspect these individuals are better connector than most govt employees.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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Why in God’s name would you choose the private sector? Want zero job security and always being worried about if the corporate dump is going to go out of business and make more cutbacks due to horrible management decisions?

That’s like asking for Chinese water torture
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