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I see run-of-the-mill Product Manager jobs getting 100+ applications on LinkedIn. Is this mostly garbage (autoapplies from India etc.) or is competition really that fierce?

Both. The problem with PM jobs is that there’s a lot of variance in quality, as well as difference between the responsibilities across companies. Furthermore, since a lot of the job is often just management, it’s hard to filters for people who know to say the right things (Eg regurgitate a book or article) and those who’d do the right thing in dev.

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