I am in the process of applying to various positions, specifically in industry and have not had much of a response. I have attended events and networked with people, who all seem to be very interested and say are impressed with my background, however, when I follow up with them, I do not hear back. I have had one phone interview so far.
Background - PhD in Materials Engineering --> 4 yrs Post-doc --> 3 year break (had a child, became dependent (visa), now I have the necessary work authorization!). In the interim, completed and published on projects from post-doc, took some courses online, but did not go for certifications.
----Would my being upfront about my break at the beginning of any conversation (say in a phone interview during "tell me about yourself" question) instead of them learning through my resume, improve my chances of landing a job? I am getting mixed information when I researched about it online.
----As such, I would really appreciate any suggestions on how I can make myself more visible to companies and be more proactive with getting back to the workforce.....all the possible things I can do (other than self-employ) that would get me an interview to begin with.
----Would getting certifications for the courses that I am taking online (coursera/Udacity) be of more value than just learning about fields such as Data Science/Predictive Analytics etc.?
----Any do and don't s for someone in my situation during any conversation/interview?