To those of you with a success story who have been applicants to assistant prof. positions in clinical in the past or who are experiencing success now, and to those of you on clinical search committees: Besides fit (which is important, but definitely overstated in my opinion), what are the metrics of a successful application in a research intensive department and university? The reason why I ask is, this is my second year on the job market, and although it is still early, things are still not looking good for me (no interest from about 70% of institutions I applied to), so I want to know if my ambitions are simply out of reach. I'd hate to be like the person on American Idol who thinks they can make it one day, but who do not have the skill or talent (or patience to develop skill) to actually make it. I am OK with not being able to make it in academia, and although I am extremely passionate about academia, I am also a realist that wants to make a decent living and start their lives. In other words, I know if I stick it out for another 4-5 years my chances will be much better, but I am simply disinterested in doing that (I am baffled and humbled by people who have been postdocing for 5+ years….one or two years is a max in my opinion, and then with every passing year after that, there are considerable diminishing returns).
To make a long story short, I have 11 published peer-reviewed papers, a few chapters, a number of graduate scholarships (but no grants), and 0 years of postdoc experience. Where am I going wrong? I have been told that my record is very good, but I am finding that it is still not enough to generate interviews. Is the field simply just too flooded with amazing applicants?
Apologies about the rant, but the state of the field is frustrating and, in my opinion, unsustainable.