Resumes are a Response

You linguists know what I’m talking about – they are a pair part. Remember adjacency pairs? From conversations I have been having lately (including among the post-Ac community), I have been hearing a lot about “turning one’s CV into a resume.” And “turning” strikes me not only as the wrong conceptual frame, but also as […]

online resume workshop

Laura Pelcher, a member of the Linguists Outside Academia community, has organized another resume workshop for our community!  We did one of these a few years ago and it was a tremendous success. Great participation, and folks expressed that they learned a great deal both by giving and receiving feedback! To get in on the […]

Looking Back to Look Forward

Looking back at a blog post I wrote about looking back for this TBT! Guest blog post for Beyond the Professoriate: click here for the full post an excerpt: For all of us who have been trained as PhDs, such deliberate tracing back and reflecting on the links between our training and our work helps […]

Resume Action Items

If you want both your resume and cover letter to be heard by your audience, use your reading and listening to learn about the organization’s style of writing. Mirror this style in your materials.  One thing that you may choose to listen for in particular might be the stories that they tell.  What do they […]

The changing resume as explored with the SPEAKING grid

In thinking through the changes that are happening to resumes (and the contexts in which this document is typically encountered), Hymes’ SPEAKING grid mnemonic provides a means for capturing and organizing some of the more salient developments. S – setting P – participants E – ends A – acts K – key I – instrumentalities […]

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 […]

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 […]