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The Laid Off IT Guy! Government Jobs

Posted July 16, 2009

Topics: Information Technology

I’ve been reading about how new government job creation is outpacing the private sector.  I was curious about that so I contacted my cousin who works for the state government.  She put me in touch with the Director of the Project Management Office for her division and lined up an interview for me to come it to meet with him.  I asked about life working for the government.

The gentleman that I met with had worked his entire career of 17 years working for the state government.  Therefore, he didn’t have a good perspective on what it's like to work for a private or public company.  When we discussed the creation of new government jobs surrounding “stimulus package” money, he quickly dismissed that.  He told me that in our state, we’ve been under a hiring freeze due to legislators being unable to pass a budget.  I found out that if they hadn’t agreed upon the budget on the last day that all state employees would have been furloughed until the budget did get approved.  Amazingly they passed the budget right before the Independence Day holiday.

In his own department, and in my personal interest as a job hunter, he told me that while he had open positions that I’d be qualified to apply for, that until he had the work he wouldn’t be filling the positions.  When we discussed salary ranges I discovered, as I suspected, that the government jobs pay less than private sector jobs based on equivalent responsibilities and experience.  That was disappointing.

I’d really like to hear from you about your job hunting experiences.  Have you landed a new Government job that you’d like to talk about?  Please share your comments with me and our readers.

Thank you!
The Laid Off IT Guy!
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