Ana wrote:b]How would you do if you were at the hiring manager side of the table? would you value years over fit?[/b]
A.Tyrol wrote:Hi Ana,
I wish less HR managers would think like you, and more companies would give scientists a chance who had many years of postdoc experience. You know, having many 1st-author publications in respectable journals is actually often a sign that these are very smart scientists who produce results, even if they had many years of postdoc experience.
The sweet spot for industry, in terms of years of postdoc, is much less than it is for academia. So when you pass that sweet spot and go on for additional years of postdoc training, you are putting a big label right on your CV that says "Wannabe Faculty." That's not going to get you anywhere in a company.
I realize the original advice is well-meant from a HR manager perspective but you certainly don't tell a postdoc anything new by telling him he doesn't need any more training.
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