TMAY in everyday life

In the course that I teach, the MLC Professionalization seminar (Prosem), we practice professional self-presentation by focusing on genres like the elevator pitch and the Tell Me About Yourself (TMAY) question in job interviews.   But opportunities to talk about yourself are not limited to the job search context.  In the classroom, you are often called […]

Knowledge about careers is distributed

When it comes to doing an academic research projects, students understand that finding good sources is in fact part of the research process. And it is understood that it will take a significant amount of time to find sources, narrow down the scope etc.  However, somehow when faced with the prospect of searching for a […]

Does LinkedIn have a perception problem?

If you are not currently on LinkedIn, you probably have some reasons why.  But if you are currently jobseeking or even just trying to educate yourself about careers, these reasons really need to be reexamined.  As I explore some of the more common ones that I have heard, you will have to let me know […]

Ever heard any of these myths about PhDs in the workplace? I have – these were very much the belief of the hiring manager in the Dept where I worked in my first career in the financial industry.  I heard these myths before I had a graduate degree, and they did not ring true, and of course, they feel even more alien now – but […]

Asking for what you don’t want

A strategy that I have become very aware of lately in professional self-presentation is that of telling an interlocutor who you are and what you want by way of talking about what you don’t (or something that you didn’t like, or were told you couldn’t have). A recent example was a student beginning a statement […]

Casey Scott-Songin

Career Profile: Consumer Research The Career Profiles in Linguistics section regularly highlights career paths taken by linguists. If you would like to recommend someone (including yourself) for a future profile, please contact Career Linguist. This afternoon, I had the very great privilege of chatting with Casey Scott-Songin of Sapient-Nitro, a Marketing and Branding agency. I met Casey […]

Facework foursquare on the “request an introduction” feature of LinkedIn

In this post, I will look with my sociolinguist’s lens at the “request an introduction” as a speech act as one of the mechanisms for asking for things that LinkedIn operationalizes. One of the greatest connectors that I know IRL (“in real life”) is Dr. Carole Sargent, the Director of Georgetown University’s office of Scholarly […]

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 […]