job posting: Elevate (San Francisco)

An exciting job opportunity in content development at an app start-up in San Francisco and the person tasked with hiring is an historical linguist! In her words: “we’d love great (linguist) applicants!”

https://elevateapp.theresumator.com/apply/jEWyrZcnY3/Content-Operations-Specialist

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Content Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Elevate is a game-based educational app that has more than 20 million downloads and was the recipient of Apple’s App of the Year award. We’re now tackling a new mindfulness app, and our Content Team is in need of a widely capable individual to assist in growing and organizing our content library for both products.

 

Responsibilities

  • Write, edit, fact check, and review content
  • Transcribe audio recordings
  • Summarize scholarly research in a user-friendly way
  • Create, organize, and review spreadsheets containing content and data
  • Develop surveys to solicit user feedback, and then review results and compile action items for product improvement
  • Collaborate with the Design Team to ensure cross-departmental accuracy
  • Assist with content-related customer support and marketing needs

 

Requirements

  • BA in a writing/communications-heavy field (e.g., English, linguistics, communications, journalism)
  • 1–2 years of experience in writing and editing
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Proactive and independent
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and work under deadlines
  • Experience with writing, copyediting, and reviewing content
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

 

Bonus

  • Experience with copywriting
  • Interest or experience in meditation and mindfulness
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Excel and/or Google Sheets
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Dropbox

 

Benefits

  • Delicious healthy chef-cooked meals
  • Equity
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 401k plan

Top pages and posts from 2018

It’s that time of year again!! With 2018 drawing to a close, as is our tradition here at Career Linguist, we are taking some time to “look back to look forward,” making some time and space to reflect on this past year and think about what should come next. Without further ado, here are the five most viewed pages and posts in 2018!!

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And here they are:

#5  My book review of the 2018 edition of What Color is

Your Parachute

I read this book annually and not only does it keep getting better and better, but I appreciate and get new things out of the read every time. Can’t wait for 2019!!

#4 The dream job vs. what would you do if you could do anything? a post exploring how to listen interpretively to things that you have always talked about doing, or have been thinking about doing, or have been dreaming about doing, or are told by others that you should be doing.

#3  the Career Paths where we hear about all the exciting things that linguists are out there doing with their degrees. Sectors profiled in the “Profiles in Linguistics” series: Corporate Social Responsibility, Healthcare Communications, Library Science, Knowledge ManagementNaming, Non-Profit Communications, Program Evaluation, Publishing, Social Media Marketing,Tech, User Experience Research, Training and Facilitation and many more!

If you would like to recommend someone (including yourself) for a future profile, please contact Career Linguist.

#2 My explainer animation, designed by my super talented designer Segun Adesina. This distills down what I do and why (my process and approach) in just three minutes – so pleased to see that thousands of you have looked at it – please be in touch with questions and feedback!

…….and the top page/post from 2018 <drumroll please!!!>

#1 For the third year running – 50 organizations  is the most viewed page!!! This resource features organizations who have advertised for and/or have hired linguists and language/communication experts. How can we make best use of this resource, continuing to make it as valuable as it can possibly be for you? How are you using the information contained therein?  Have you found a job using this list as a resource?  Would love to hear your story! What other organizations belong on this list?

What else was new this year:

2018 saw the launch of the Mighty Network a community for career linguists to encourage and learn from one another; to support career development; and to stay inspired about the field of study that connects us!  We’re about supporting and creating opportunities to bring linguistics to work.

On the platform, mainly you will find LOTS OF ACTIVITIES: weekly Working sessions (where we come together to get stuff done!!!), biweekly Check-ins (making space for connection, discovery, and opportunity), and Themed discussions including book clubs, guest speakers, workshops, and other interactive sessions. 2019 will see more focused attention on building out the discussions and resource-sharing components of the site.

Also, Bringing Linguistics to Work is now available as an audiobook!  Get your copy here:

Get it for FREE on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07K6S8Y11?ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_133187_rh_us&source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-133187

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jobs: Learning for Action (Bay Area)

Learning for Action, a strategy, evaluation, and research firm in San Francisco, CA is currently conducting a search for two positions: Senior Research Associate and Associate Consultant/Consultant. This is a rare opportunity to work with and learn from a high-performing group of people committed to social justice. The ideal candidates will contribute to the diversity of LFA, thrive on enhancing the effectiveness of social justice organizations, and support the advancement of our rising consulting firm.

Those interested in applying should submit their application via the online forms linked below. In the cover letter field, please indicate how you learned about this position. We will only review applications submitted through this online form. We apologize that we are unable to field emails or calls about this opportunity during the application process. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018.

http://learningforaction.com/careers

https://podio.com/webforms/21958077/1535975

6th annual careers mixer at LSA in NYC in Jan

 

For the 6th consecutive year, there will be a number of events broadening connectionsat the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting (being held in New York City from Jan 3- 7, 2019) focusing on careers (including a panel, a Mixer, mentoring office hours and more), hosted by the Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group (LBA SIG).

Check out the meeting schedule here

Want to get an idea of what to expect? Read the write-up from last year’s Mixer.

 

 

 

job posting: Sociolx – St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)

The English Department at St. Catherine University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics. Salary commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities include teaching three courses each semester for majors and non majors at introductory through advanced levels, with opportunities to teach in summer, in our January term, and in study abroad programs. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to advise and mentor students; contribute to department and university service; and be engaged in scholarship and publication, including possible collaborative research with undergraduates.

Required qualifications: A scholar in language studies with a doctorate (in hand or expected by August 2019) in linguistics or in English or a related field with an emphasis in sociolinguistics. Experience working with diverse undergraduate students and a research agenda that includes attention to race, gender, critical discourse analysis, and intersectional differences in language use are essential. As English is affiliated with the International Languages Department, work in multiple languages will be helpful.

The successful candidate will also bring secondary experience in any of the following areas: composition and rhetoric, business and professional writing, cultural and media studies, medical humanities, or Asian languages and literatures.

Though most language studies courses are offered in the on-campus baccalaureate women’s college, English faculty also teach in the College for Adults in online and hybrid formats.

This scholar will be joining an innovative and collaborative faculty of English, French, and Spanish professors holding interdisciplinary and team-teaching commitments and sharing requirements with ASL, Education, Honors, Women’s Studies, Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, and the Core Curriculum. The English major emphasizes equally requirements in literature, writing, and language studies.

St. Catherine University seeks creative, adaptable faculty who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their teaching, research and service.

To apply: Please go to the St. Catherine University Employment Site at http://www.stkate.edu/hr to electronically submit your application. Applicants may also visit the University Human Resources office, located in Derham Hall Room 8, to submit an electronic application. Attach a cover letter, CV, and a statement of teaching interests. Candidates selected for interview will need to provide three references. Official transcripts and background check will be required for employment. For information, contact Cecilia Konchar Farr, ckfarr@stkate.edu or 651-690-6559. Review of applications will begin on December 10th and will continue until the position is filled; however, priority will be given to complete applications received by December 31, 2018.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
EEO/AA/Drug Free Workplace Employer; Tobacco-Free Campuses

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit the HERC website.

BLx2W audiobook giveaway(s)

Congratulations to yesterday’s 20181116_211524BLx2W raffle winner from the American Anthropological Association’s Careers Expo!

Nancy, I will be in touch today to give you  information about how to access your copy  of Bringing Linguistics to Work.

Thanks everyone for participating in all of the wonderful conversations about career yesterday – keep ’em up!!


Yesterday’s event reminded me how much fun a raffle can be, so I’m going to go ahead and run a virtual giveaway here on Career Linguist to celebrate the release of the audiobook of Bringing Linguistics to Work: A Story Listening, Story Finding and Storytelling Approach to Career (just like I did last year to celebrate the release the paper version!)Screenshot 2018-03-23 16.47.12


Enter here to win between Nov 17th and Nov 27th!  I will do a drawing on Nov 28th and then announce the winners here on Career Linguist.com


And in the meantime, help me spread the word about the story approach to career!!!

 

 

 


Wanna get your own copy?

Be sure to use this link so that they know you were sent by me!

BLx2W now available as an audio book

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In my years of working with career-oriented linguists, I’ve recognized a simple opportunity that more linguists should be exploiting: we need to be having more conversations about career!

That’s why it so exciting to have a version of this book now available in audio book form, one that feels more like a conversation. A conversation about career conversations!

If you’ve never used audible before, your first book is free!!

Be sure to use this link so that they know you were sent by me!
About Bringing Linguistics to Work:
This book has been designed to help linguists bring linguistic knowledge, skills, and abilities to the task of communicating about our knowledge, skills, and abilities in the texts and interactions that comprise looking for a job.

You are not likely to find a job application where the ability to “rigorously analyze language and the social construction of meaning” is being sought. Most employers are not actively looking for a linguist—much as they might need one—simply because they do not know to ask for what we bring. In any career interaction, the onus is always on the jobseeker to make the case, but if it feels harder for linguists, it is because what is being brought is likely wholly unfamiliar. The good news is that we can anticipate this misunderstanding and bring our knowledge of the ways that language structures and is structured by interaction to manage the complexity and ambiguity entailed in helping others to clearly see how our knowledge, skills, and abilities make us uniquely suited for a given job’s tasks, duties, and responsibilities.

I like to think about this showing how it what you bring matches what is needed as a venn diagram:

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Your communication task is to communicate the alignment in the overlap. And pPerspective-taking, or being able to put yourself in the shoes of those reading your materials, is key.  This begins with knowledge. You need to have knowledge  about what you bring, about what they need, and about how what you bring aligns with what they need.  It also requires an ability to describe this alignment using language that will be understood, which  will also mean having knowledge about their ways of communicating, knowing about their expectations and values etc etc etc.

So, it’s probably no surprise to discover that you have some homework to do. But the good news is that linguists are very well positioned to do that homework—and to do it well. We are experts in language after all. There is absolutely no reason why our resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles shouldn’t be the very best ones out there in terms of effectively communicating an alignment of needs  with skills. But more than anything, we need to bring attention to the language we use in networking interactions.

And not just when we are job seeking!

We need to continually participate in open, broad-ranging discussions about our skills and interests, and professional applications thereof. We need to make space for conversations that invite curiosity and establish connection and community. We need to listen for, find, and tell more career stories. Such interactions are a crucial means for discovering what we can offer the world of work. They give us insights into where we are needed and the kinds of things we might be doing, opening our eyes to possibilities we might never have considered. Importantly, they may also create opportunities to do just that. They are also the way to begin a career journey because they afford us valuable opportunities to practice talking about ourselves, to gauge how our message is coming across and adjust it, to solicit feedback and to ask for things!

Get it using this unique link: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07K6S8Y11/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-133187&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_133187_rh_us

Talk to Career Linguists at the AAA Careers Expo – 11/16 (San Jose, CA)

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Career Linguist Laurel Sutton and I are going to be woman-ing a booth focused on the topic “Linguistics Beyond Academia” at the 13th annual careers expo as part of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meetings. https://lnkd.in/gJVpjFd. Stop by anytime between 11am and 4pm. I will have resources on hand including information about this blog, about our community, and about networking. I will even be raffling off a copy of my book Bringing Linguistics to Work!!
Last year there were more than 700 people in attendance at the Expo, and this year we are expecting many more, including (for the first time, thanks to members of this community) nearly a dozen linguists!!
Please stop by to share stories, inspiration, and ideas – build our community as we create opportunities for linguists and anthropologists.

job posting: intern at Reboot (NYC)

We are seeking self-motivated recent graduates with a passion for user-centered design, international development, and public sector innovation to join our Brooklyn & Abuja offices. Interns play an integral role at Reboot, working closely across all our departments in support of real-world projects. Sign up for job alerts here and we’ll notify you about opportunities to join our internship program.

https://reboot.org/careers/

About Reboot

We are builders, makers, and entrepreneurs; equal parts strategists and storytellers, anthropologists and economists; designers, technologists, and political scientists. There is no one Rebooter formula. Our team’s strength is our personal and professional diversity.

That said, we do share core characteristics. Rebooters are:

Entrepreneurial, with a bias toward action. Rebooters work toward the vision of a 21st century social contract with self-starter genes and an innate drive to strategize and do.

Humble, empathetic, and generous. We know what we don’t know, but are also eager to share our expertise. Group comes before self—entitlement and ego are checked at the door.

Open-minded and adaptable. We roll with the punches in different settings and work streams. Rebooters live to learn about new cultures and people, sans stereotypes. Global literacy is a core competency.

Inquiring and political, uncowed but diplomatic. We ask “Why?” to challenge conventional wisdom and power. No answers are taken at face value. We seek to understand and analyze the sociopolitical contexts behind them with respect and diplomacy. We are skeptical optimists at heart.

In addition to the above, Rebooters are  narrative-driven, analytical writers and articulate speakers. We adopt a client-services and detail-oriented approach to everything we do.

job: part-time social media manager for Career Linguist

I am looking for a host for the Career Linguist Mighty Network – a community-building platform for professionals who employ language and linguistic training in a variety of contexts. Ideal candidate is passionate about the application of linguistics. Responsibilities include posting, monitoring, and responding regularly on weekly discussion threads, identifying and sharing relevant research (exploring topics including language in the workplace), researching current issues/events involving language and communication likely to be of interest to a community of linguists, occasional writing (short pieces – blog length) on linguistic topics of interest.
Time commitment 3-5 hours per week. Rate: commensurate with experience.
Desired qualities: responsible and self-motivated, creative and expansive thinker, knowledge of (or at least curiosity about) the business world, ability to write and interact in a professional style. Experience with social media a must, leadership experience a plus.
Interested? Please contact Career Linguist to submit a resume and cover letter.