Mostly yes. Especially if you hope to grow in your position. Without a postdoc, you might cap out at a certain point. Even a short postdoc (1-2yrs) is fine. /2
Depends. If you go to a mediocre school, not so much. If you go to a top 5, yes, but it gets expensive. /3
Find out what kind of job you want and which company you want to work for.
Title and job responsibilities are not consistent across different companies. /6
Find out what skills you lack in order to get that job.
Get those skills and then apply. /8
Going through a personal connection >>>>>> online application
Even if the personal connection is someone you cold-emailed.
Keep looking for open positions and apply as soon as a job is posted. /9
Tailor the application as much as possible to the position and its requirements. /10
Learn about the format of an industry-style CV or resume and make one. Highlight skills, not papers. /11
Opportunistic hires are common in small companies and startups. If you think you have something to offer a company, ask. They may even create a position for you. /12
You are the product, so market yourself.
Prepare an elevator pitch: big picture, nuts and bolts, impact and upshot. /13
Industry work is goal-oriented, not exploratory. Being able to communicate with peers and managers about how your work fits into the company’s overall goals is essential. /15
Contract companies can offer a good, stable job as big companies are increasingly farming out routine experiments to them. /17