About jobseeking

Job searching for linguists: Studied linguistics and now in the process of searching for a job?  Firstly,  its important that you recognize the career path that you are already on because you are not “just starting” this process – what you are doing is figuring out your next steps: here are some ideas.  Want to […]

TMAY in everyday life

In the course that I teach, the MLC Professionalization seminar (Prosem), we practice professional self-presentation by focusing on genres like the elevator pitch and the Tell Me About Yourself (TMAY) question in job interviews.   But opportunities to talk about yourself are not limited to the job search context.  In the classroom, you are often called […]

Asking for what you don’t want

A strategy that I have become very aware of lately in professional self-presentation is that of telling an interlocutor who you are and what you want by way of talking about what you don’t (or something that you didn’t like, or were told you couldn’t have). A recent example was a student beginning a statement […]

Emily Pace – Part II

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. Emily Pace is the Principal Linguist at Expert System USA. She earned her MS in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University, where she also studied French […]

“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 […]