Series: What a linguist knows about the job search

Reading a Resume: The meaning of TYPOS Inspired by my student John Spangler’s “what you know that you didn’t know that you knew” definition of linguistics, I would like to spend some time today reflecting on resumes, considering what it is that we know about these cultural texts that we didn’t know we knew about […]

Facework and Deixis in Performance reviews

As job seekers, we have a tendency to focus on the interviews which lead up to the job offer (informational interviews, job interviews), but think little about what comes beyond.  One of the themes of this blog is to consider shifting our perspective such that we are putting ourselves into the day-to-day work mindset which […]

Intertextuality and Informational Interviewing: The what, how, and why

Q: What does Becker’s (1994) observation that “social groups seem to be bound primarily by a shared repertoire of prior texts” have to do with the job search (165)? A: A new way to approach Informational Interviewing. We know that when we sit down for an informational interview, it is important to ask our interviewee […]

Linguist, Know Thyself: Insights from your Academic Path or What You’ve Learned Thus Far

Begin by being reflective about yourself – Linguist, know thyself: Examine your own path with an eye to identifying patterns in the choices that you make and have made. In the way that you are trained as a sociolinguist to examine presuppositions, identify underlying assumptions and (often largely unsconscious) systematicity and patterning in your own […]

Jan Blommaert and the career search?

Reading Blommaert today I am struck by the resonances with Doug Richardson’s talk to MLC students in the Proseminar last night. Specifically, he talks about 5 theoretical principles that underlie our research tradition as analysts of language. These also happen to resonate deeply with Doug’s observations about what social “work” takes place in the first […]