I did a 3-year industrial PhD joint programme between a university and a company.
Working for the company, I vastly improved their technology, but got no patents in my name. I wrote some papers, but they aren't submitted for publishing yet, and I will get my PhD regardless of that, because it is paper SUBMISSION that is a requirement for my diploma.
Essentially, my research is done, and soon after paper submission, I will have a diploma. But I have no idea how long it will take before the publishing.
Which means that I can spend a few months being a PhD, while not having any papers or patents in my name. Of course there are still two papers I published during my bachelor and master studies, but every postdoc requires "stellar publishing record".
How should I deal with this situation? Should I apply everywhere ASAP without worries about papers? Or should I take my time and wait, perhaps until July-August (it is March now), when I maybe will have some papers? Of course there's risk that my papers will be rejected too.