So I uploaded my PhD thesis about a month ago. I am trying to switch academic fields at the moment, and I applied to about 20 postdocs. However I am considering the possibility I may not get in for this application cycle, which would mean roughly another year. I was wondering how long can you be unemployed without your CV becoming uncompetitive. I am just balancing whether after this cycle I should give up and go to industry or whether I should keep grinding.

I am applying to earth sciences actually. My original affiliation is physics.

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    This doesn't answer the question, but I strongly suggest continuing to apply, 20 jobs is very low in my experience (I am assuming from your name you are going into math, which is my field.) Many postdoc jobs are only just now getting around to looking, and many more will open in the next month or two. From my understanding, having affiliation is really important, so keep applying. – Sean English Feb 28 at 22:09
  • I am applying to earth sciences actually. My original affiliation is physics. I just haven't found that many more that weren't extremely specific in what they were looking for. – mathdummy Feb 28 at 23:23
  • I would recommend adding your specific field to the question as the answer is likely to depend on what you are going into. – Sean English Mar 1 at 0:01
  • I agree with @SeanEnglish, 20 is a low number in many fields. If you do not find any other adds, you can always directly ask laboratories if they have a position. It also helps if you can say a word or two why you are interested / what can you do to them. – Greg Mar 1 at 1:25
  • How many postdocs does the average person apply to? – mathdummy Mar 1 at 16:49

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