How do I start my jobsearch as a linguist?

I have received a few inquiries this week from linguists wondering how to begin job searches. Some of their specific questions included: How do I narrow down what fields to focus on?  How will I know what kind of a job I will like?  How do I find jobs that leverage my strengths and interests?  …

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 …

Ten Things – a jobseeker’s tutorial

Job-seeking linguists, invest in yourself by thinking about what comes next! Ten Things a short, lively and engaging tutorial with concrete ideas for jobsearching $10 for yourself or for the jobseeking linguist in your life You are already on a career path, so it is not about deciding which path to take, it is about …

Career Resources for Linguists

Some places to start I am often advocating here on Career Linguist for bringing your research skills to the task of researching your career.  I thought I would see what resources might be available to someone trying to start out on this journey. so, I googled “jobs with a linguistics degree” This is what I found #1 Linguistics …

LinkedIn Company Pages

Using LinkedIn as a jobseeker Company Pages on LinkedIn contain at least three sources of information that are invaluable to the jobseeker and not easily found elsewhere: 1. Who else is following the organization. It is important to know: Whose radar screens have they pinged on? What does this reveal about their reach? How do they connect …

Project Management, Program Evaluation & Instructional Technology: 3 fields where you might find linguists

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 have been reflecting today on my “process” as Career Linguist while I do some research into three kinds of work where linguists thrive: Project …

“…they didn’t know they needed a linguist…”

How does an applied linguist with an interest in language teaching become a sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist? How does that applied sociolinguist then become a computational linguist? How does that applied-socio-anthro-computational linguist ultimately wind up with an exciting position on Microsoft’s innovative design team? HCI (human-computer interaction) is at the forefront of today’s technological leap …