I'm in social and tried applying for a job this year. I didn't get what I was looking for so now I have two choices. I can apply for some of the postdocs opening up or stay in graduate school another year. My CV will definately look better for next year (I have 2-3 more pubs than this year) but I'm wondering whether a postdoc might be better in the long run. I worry because a postdoc will be for 2 years and definately will take a while for me to settle in before I start getting productive, especially if it's in a different area. If I stay another year in grad school, however, I really don't have a chance to improve my record much beyond what it already is before the next year searches starts.
How do search committees view a postdoc as oppose to staying a 6th year in grad school as far as getting a job with no more than 3/3 teaching load?
I'm also wanting to start a family soon, is it better to be pregnant while in graduate school or during a postdoc? Either way I would try my best to time for a May/June delivery.
Please help with advice and suggestions.