Hello all, I received my PhD in a physical science field in December, and am currently 6 months into a 1-year (renewable) post-doc. I am unsure if I will remain in my current position at the end of this year, and am looking critically at my future career prospects. I find myself in the following predicament: My PhD career has thusfar resulted in one first-author publication. Two first-author publications representing the bulk of my doctoral research continue to languish on my advisors desk where they are likely to remain for the near (6-12 month) future. Graduate students in this group, myself included, did not attend conferences and thus I have practically no professional network or name recognition. My weak resume leaves me concerned that I will not be able to progress along my desired career path to become a PI or group leader without being forced to do a series of additional post-docs, a future I desperately wish to avoid. Progress on my current post-doc research is, by its nature, time consuming and I will surely not be able to meet abstract submission deadlines for next years big conference in my field. Thus, the chances to present my current project at a conference in the near future are also slim. My PhD advisor is adamantly against presenting unpublished work at conferences, so it is also unlikely that I can present my doctoral research in the interim while awaiting its submission for publication. If I decide to move on from my current project at the end of this year, what steps can I take to bolster my resume? Any experiences, perspectives, or advice you can share would be greatly appreciated.