I believe government employees have better 'package' deals than contractors.
I've been a government contractor since May 2007 and have been told I have a high salary for my age. I've applied to at least 50 government 1102 positions, in which I was referred several times, but was never selected. After speaking with several government employees, I realized that I may have to take a pay cut to get my foot in the door. Now that I'm clear as to how fast I can increase my salary and pay grade, I am willing to take a pay cut. However, it still seems like a $5k to $8k pay cut is not enough for me to get a government job. At times I feel like I am being punished for working so hard at a young age.
Does anyone have any advice or encouraging comments for me?