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. …

Make some time for your job search over break

As the holidays are fast approaching, and you prepare to put away the books for a while to go home to be with family and friends, make some time for the job search by asking those who know and love you well to reflect with you about where you have been. Take them out for …

But it’s only an X not an interview…..

X being a meeting for coffee, a quick chat with an important person that a friend has arranged, and recently from a student who was able after 2 years to finally set up a conversation over Christmas Break with a major executive at an organization of interest.! What is this interaction? Now, networking can be …

The culture of an organization from its website

As I see it, as a jobseeker, there a number of ways that you can gain access to a type of “insider knowledge” about the culture of an organization. Many of these “ways of knowing” lie in your reactions the public self-image they present with their website. Discourse Analysis of an organization’s website Start by …

Jobseeker: Take stock of the people in your life!

In their book So What Are You Going to do with That? Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius talk about using people as sources for research just as you have been trained to do with books as a graduate student. This series of activities is designed to help you enact that shift of perspective by looking …

The “reaching out” e-mail

What do we know as linguists that can help us to craft this reaching out e-mail? Position yourself as a student Now, we have been working on cultivating a professional voice, a future voice that is not mired in the deictic pov of a student, but in this instance alone, I do think it is …