So, what sort of people get post-docs anyway, and how do we maximize our chance of getting them?
In the hopes of insulating against trolling, I'll ask some more specific sub-questions:
-how important are existing publications for post-doc decisions?
-what kinds of research proposals sell the best (should we be really specific, or vague; related to our dissertation, or distant)?
-To what extent do post-doc searches care about the fit of research to the program? Can I make an Asia-related research proposal to a program that say, mostly does Asia (even though it isn't the main focus of my research)?
-Are there job talks for most post-docs (and if so, are travel expenses covered)?
-Should we under-emphasize teaching in post-doc applications, given that we would probably have a light teaching load as a post-doc?