In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader wrote, "A post taking up how applying for Post-Docs importantly differs from applying for jobs would be helpful." [Note: the reader added, "I suggest [this query] as a "top 15" 4th year doctoral student who has not published"].
I have to confess that I had never thought of this issue before, but it seems to me a good query. Are there any important differences in applying for postdocs than for other jobs? Are there particular things one should have in mind--or strategies to pursue--when applying specifically for postdocs?
If you have experience here on either side of the market (either applying for or hiring for postdocs), please do chime in!