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 …

Bringing Goffman to (your job interview over) dinner

This past Spring, I gave a paper at the Standing Conference of Management and Organizational Inquiry (SCMOI) about job interviews which take place over a meal. This conference is gloriously interdisciplinary and such it was that I found myself presenting just after a nutritionist, and just before a participatory improvistational theater performance. I was talking …

Charlotte Linde

Career Profile: Narrative & Organizational Memory 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. Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Dr. Charlotte Linde, who works at NASA!  Specifically, she works at …

Resume as a research paper

Resume: A revised, peer-reviewed process! There are many conceptual metaphors which are useful for thinking about a resume (and many excellent guides for working on resumes, and I encourage you to consult them freely. Some of my favorites are: Gallery of Best Resumes and No Nonsense Resumes).  But I am an academic, and the conceptual metaphor …

Nancy Frishberg

Career Profile: Experience 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. I wanted to know more about the world of User Experience Research, so where better?  I came here to the Bay Area to …

The geography of networking

Often when I speak with jobseekers, they speak as though they regard it as a disadvantage to have particular requirements (or dream locations) around geography. But I would encourage you to see this as a tremendous advantage, especially when it comes to reaching out to people who you want to have help you with your …

Pack your resume like a suitcase

I am often asked whether or not a resume needs to be one page long, and while yes, I personally do think that any resume you send to an employer should be no more than one page long, the goal is really that of being as smart as possible with a limited amount of space. …

Noisy Not: a fun example!

One of my favorite examples of the “noisy not” comes from a website of one of my favorite authors: Tony Hawks. As it happens, his name is quite similar to the skateboarder Tony Hawk and as such, he gets a great deal of fan mail about skateboarding. To make matters worse, the skater Tony Hawk …

The follow-up email

I have been getting lots of questions lately about following up on job applications via e-mail, and then last night had the very great pleasure of catching up with MLC alumna Kim Shepard, whose story sheds some light, so I thought I would share. First of all, when you are jobseeking, following up by e-mail …

Letters of rec: How you ask for them matters!

I know that when I was a student, I had a great deal of anxiety about asking for letters of rec, and now that I am on the other side of the table, I wanted to share a bit of perspective that I have gained, to help you get the best possible letters of support. …