You can not be a researcher if you do not have a fancy research position.
- Don’t be concerned if the application deadline is only 12 hours away. It is will be easy to get your referees to write a letter for you.
- Collaborate with many authors, preferably big shots.
- If you aspire to join, for example, Microsoft Research, make sure that you use Linux and slag off at Microsoft products on your web page.
- When you give a talk, make sure you do not dumb it down; they are interviewing you because they think you are really smart; don’t give the wrong idea of making it too clear.
- Be one of the 24 people in the world who can understand and advance an important niche area of machine learning.