After I finished my Ph.D. project, I joined a PostDoc position in another University, and now I decided to join the industry as I find it more dynamic more result driven and more challenging. However, I was rejected for many industrial positions as they were looking for someone with at least 2-3 years of experience in the industry.
I even heard harsh criticism from HR or even some old colleagues that I'd better look for academic and research-based positions than industrial ones. Even I received harsh comments like "You are not qualified to work in a company". However, I'm sure those people too have switched from academia to industry at some point in their career!
I always explain to the recruiting staff that what I was working on during my PostDoc project was a project given by an industrial partner and with metrics and expectations on the industrial scale. Doing so, I want to convince them that I am familiar with some of the main concerns in industrial projects and etc.
But what I face at the end is that total years I spend on my Ph.D. and those 2 years of PostDoc were thrown right out the window and I was disqualified in the recruiting process, even for non-senior positions!
P.S.: Before starting my Ph.D., I worked in a big company for 4 years in a full-time job and in another company for 2 years in a part-time job (while I was an M.Sc. student). However, those jobs were related to another industry and another field of science than what I studied during my Ph.D. and what I pursue as a career now. Also after finishing my Ph.D., I worked in a company for 4 months, but I left the company due to family reasons (relocation...).