Walking meetings inspired by LinkedIn

Recently, when I was visiting the Bay Area, I had the very great pleasure of visiting LinkedIn’s campus and one of the very first things that struck me was the path stretching alongside. Coming from the East Coast, the wilderness was so different as to be breathtaking but what really floored me was hearing several […]

An august tradition of looking outwards / beyond

I just came across the most fascinating document! Careers in Linguistics: New Horizons. Proceedings of a Conference Held in Conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (56th, New York, NY, December 1981). Niebuhr, Mary M., Ed. Proceedings are presented of a conference on non-academic careers for linguists, which was co-sponsored by […]

BRIGHTEN your career outlook

My new answer to “what can you do with a degree in linguistics?” is BRIGHTEN!  This works both as a command to gloomy would-be nay sayers, but it is also the “world of work” acronym that I am trotting out these days.  BRIGHTEN stands for: Business, Research, Innovation, Government, Healthcare, Technology, Education, and Non-Profits.  These […]

Skills cultivated by studying Linguistics

Applying for jobs is all about skills.  Creating the job that you want means recognizing the skills that you possess and figuring out ways to use them in contexts that make you happy.  Getting the job that you want is all about communicating this awareness (with enthusiasm) in texts like cover letters. So what skills […]

How LinkedIn talks about itself

The fact that LinkedIn’s “about us” section of their website is somewhat hard to find speaks volumes about their orientation as a buisness. Like Facebook, LinkedIn’s website promotes the product and service that they provide – the means of connecting- and so you have to dig to the very bottom to chase an elusive link […]

The Linguistics of LinkedIn

I have been watching this presentation 20 Tips to Amplify Your Brand on LinkedIn from LinkedIn for Small Business this morning and appreciating how well LinkedIn’s way of thinking about the process of professional self-presentation is aligned with my own WaLK vision for the process of applying linguistics to the job search. First of all, […]

Interview questions in the wild

Anthrodesign is a great resource for folks thinking about careers in design anthropology. I am new to the site, but one of the first posts I read convinced me that this is absolutely WaLK territory.  The poster (Steve Portigal) talks about job interview questions that he has recently received: http://anthropologizing.com/2013/07/19/some-design-research-job-interview-questions/ Talk about an invitation to […]