When I started job hunting, I was determined to find a job, and not a postdoc. But in the back of my mind, I always knew if finding a job didn't work out, I'd decide to postdoc somewhere. Now I am a "full time job hunter," thick in the ups and downs of finding positions, connecting with people, getting rejections and finding new ways to approach the job hunt. It's pretty clear, right now, that this isn't going to be easy, but my impression is that finding a postdoc position won't be a cake walk either, and I'm feeling pretty invested in the industry route.
Yesterday I got turned down for a position that I thought I was a great fit for, as did the recruiter who matched me to the position. He explained that I wasn't picked for an interview because there were candidates with a similar background but industry experience. That got me thinking about the bleakness of the job market, and when I was going to eat my humble pie and strike out for a postdoc in academia. What is going to be the sign that now is a bad time to be a job hunter and just focus on a steady income? But really, I'm not in a rush. I don't feel like I've exhausted every possibility. I just need to get a bit creative.
Today I've started looking for industrial postdocs- including one at an engineering firm- as well as jobs in biofuels. Hopefully I'll have more to say about the biofuels industry soon, but if you are curious about this, follow the hashtag #biochat on twitter.