What a linguist “sees while she is listening” to Greg Smith’s public resignation from Goldman Sachs

Last month, Greg Smith wrote a battle-cry of an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times entitled: “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs” In this piece he speaks to a toxic and destructive working environment and culture, painting a picture of factors that contributed to this very public expression of his disenchantment. Using an approach […]

Because we are researchers, we write better resumes

What you know that you don’t know that you know: Our training as researchers makes us better writers of resumes. Don’t forget the things that you know about people and about language, which may have become so natural over the course of study that you may have forgotten that you know them! So what makes […]

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 […]