Avoiding the “kid in a candy shop” cover letter

 When it comes to professional self-presentation, one of the central challenges is to move from “I want” to “you need me” I have talked about this concept here on Career Linguist as flexing your “perspective taking” muscles to assume the perspective and concerns of an organization as your own or as “shifting your deictic center.” …

CIty block for cover letters? A conversation with a blog post

I have been thinking today whether the exhortation that I give on this blog “show me your city block” holds up for cover letters. I originally wrote the post about statements of purpose because they are a type of labor that I offer to do for free, but I am just realizing that I almost …

Articulating your professional vision: Show me your city block!!

Over the years I have read hundreds of applications for graduate school. I am to the place now where I can tell you within about thirty seconds whether or not I am excited about an applicant, based on the story they tell in their applications materials. What makes me light up? Well, I am a …