Bringing our skills to career texts

Not only will you find that your lingustic skills are usable on the job once you have landed it, but they also may be brought to the series of texts and interactions that comprise job searching. Your research skills can help you uncover opportunities, your abstract and associative thinking might help you identify the need for a linguist where no one recognized it before.

Your critical communicative abilities should be able to help you talk your way into a job. Consider what it might mean to:

  • analyze a resume as a narrative,
  • use interactional sociolinguistics to see how social meanings are constructed, negotiated and maintained in a job interview,
  • be more critically aware of the stories you tell about yourself and what they are doing for you professionally.