Convincing “them” to hire you

Over the course of a weekend’s worth of Career Linguist activities at the Linguistics Society of America annual meeting, the question that sticks with me is the one I received last night at the networking mixer: “how do I convince them to hire me?” Apart from the discursive othering that this question involves, I am …

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.” …

Why a linguist?

Thank you to Barb Clark at You Say Tomato for calling our attention to this wonderful article: Why every company needs a good applied linguist Barb explains the who (applied linguistic anthropologists ) what why and how of it in her blog post Read her full post here WHAT applied linguistic anthropologists can significantly contribute …

“What’s Linguistics?”

“What’s Linguistics?” “How many languages do you speak?” “A linguist?  Like C-3PO?” (the latest variant of this question that I heard recently) If you have taken even a single course in linguistics, you have probably been asked questions like the above (and likely with some regularity).  The general lack of awareness about our field demonstrated …

LinkedIn as an interaction with your ideal reader

You can’t really know who you might be talking to on LinkedIn. However, because you can’t really write anything without knowing who it is that you are writing for, what we sociolinguists think of in terms of Audience Design, you will need to make a decision about audience for your profile. Pick one! Choose an …

Your LinkedIn tagline

Your LinkedIn tagline is precious real estate. The beginnings of things are very important, and here is no exception. With your tagline, you position yourself – As Harre (2010) states in his work on positioning: “one can position oneself or be positioned as e.g. powerful or powerless, confident or apologetic, dominant or submissive, definative or …

TBT – shifting your deicitc center

On this TBT, I thought I would revisit shifting your deictic center, which is my way of describing the important change in perspective which jobseekers must enact linguistically in presenting themselves professionally. So first of all, what do I mean by “shifting your deictic center”? Recall that deictics are “pointing elements” in language which reveal …