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Anna Marie Trester 
Career Linguist 
www.CareerLinguist.com 
@CareerLinguist
What’s in a frame? 
 
Q: “You 
study 
linguistics?”
Reframe!! 
 
Instead of “what can you do with a degree in linguistics?”, “what 
do you want to do” and let’s think about ...
Becoming more aware of 
stories 
 
Story 
finding 
Story 
listening 
Story 
telling



….for your career journey
#1 Linguist, know 
thyself! 
 
 By taking stock of the skills and abilities you are 
cultivating as part of your study o...
# 2 Learn about your 
workstyle preference 
 
Source: Karen Newhouse Beyond the Ivory Tower
#3 Educate Yourself 
About Careers 

….by conducting 
informational interviews 

…by listening to linguists’ stories 
(links from www.careerlinguist.com) 
 
 PhDs at Work 
 Stories from other professi...
# 4 Join Professional Associations 
(links from www.careerlinguist.com) 
 
 Linguistic Society of America Housed in Wash...
#5 Join online communities 
(links from www.careerlinguist.com) 
 
 Linguist List The LINGUIST List, housed at Eastern 
...
# 6 Talk about yourself: 
By crafting a resume 
 
that tells a story
Talk about yourself: By 
creating a cover Letter 
 
“from the inside” 
From: 
“I want this job” 
To: 
“This is why you ne...
Talk about yourself: 
by creating (at least) five 
 
pocket examples 
 Little stories that SHOW 
you exhibiting qualitie...
# 7 Tell your stories! 
 
Informational 
Interviews 
Elevators 
External 
Events 
Job 
Interviews 
JOB FAIRS! 
YOUR STORI...
# 8 Network 

#9 Search for jobs 
(links from www.careerlinguist.com) 
 
 Indeed (a powerful aggregate engine: you can set up a daily ...
#10 last but definitely 
 
 Get in!!! 
not least
More Resources 
 
 mlc.linguistics.georgetown.edu 
 Your career center (help them help you) 
 Alum from your dep’t 
 ...
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Linguists: 10 things you can do (this week?) to develop your career

  1. 1. Anna Marie Trester Career Linguist www.CareerLinguist.com @CareerLinguist
  2. 2. What’s in a frame?  Q: “You study linguistics?”
  3. 3. Reframe!!  Instead of “what can you do with a degree in linguistics?”, “what do you want to do” and let’s think about how linguistics can get you there! NAVIGATE your career!!!!
  4. 4. Becoming more aware of stories  Story finding Story listening Story telling
  5. 5.
  6. 6.
  7. 7.
  8. 8. ….for your career journey
  9. 9. #1 Linguist, know thyself!   By taking stock of the skills and abilities you are cultivating as part of your study of linguistics
  10. 10. # 2 Learn about your workstyle preference  Source: Karen Newhouse Beyond the Ivory Tower
  11. 11. #3 Educate Yourself About Careers 
  12. 12. ….by conducting informational interviews 
  13. 13. …by listening to linguists’ stories (links from www.careerlinguist.com)   PhDs at Work  Stories from other professional linguists (from me shared on Career Linguist)  From PhD to Life  Lousy Linguist  All Things Linguistic  Others?
  14. 14. # 4 Join Professional Associations (links from www.careerlinguist.com)   Linguistic Society of America Housed in Washington, D.C. the LSA is the largest linguistic society in the world. Membership is required to search their jobs site, but resources accessible to the public include this piece on Jobs and Interviewing in Linguistics.  American Association of Applied Linguistics  American Anthropological Association  What others?
  15. 15. #5 Join online communities (links from www.careerlinguist.com)   Linguist List The LINGUIST List, housed at Eastern Michigan University, bills itself as “The world’s largest on-line linguistic resource  Linguists Outside Academia  Others?
  16. 16. # 6 Talk about yourself: By crafting a resume  that tells a story
  17. 17. Talk about yourself: By creating a cover Letter  “from the inside” From: “I want this job” To: “This is why you need me”
  18. 18. Talk about yourself: by creating (at least) five  pocket examples  Little stories that SHOW you exhibiting qualities you are telling them you possess  For any networking event, job interview, you want to have at least 5 prepared
  19. 19. # 7 Tell your stories!  Informational Interviews Elevators External Events Job Interviews JOB FAIRS! YOUR STORIES
  20. 20. # 8 Network 
  21. 21. #9 Search for jobs (links from www.careerlinguist.com)   Indeed (a powerful aggregate engine: you can set up a daily search for jobs related to your key words)  Idealist.org (jobs dedicated to particular issues and causes (e.g. env. policy, women’s issues, NGOs, etc))  USA Jobs (Federal government jobs)  Making the Difference: (A source for federal jobs and internships)  OPM – Job Seekers (Federal government’s Office of Personnel Management’s Job Seekers site)  Opportunity Knocks (insight into the nonprofit world)  Diversity Jobs (directory of current positions in companies committed to diversity)  NAFSA Job Registry (international education; open positions in a variety of fields)  International Career Employment Weekly (jobs in the US and overseas)  Jobs in the Humanities and Social Sciences (jobs in secondary and higher ed.; social science in industry)
  22. 22. #10 last but definitely   Get in!!! not least
  23. 23. More Resources   mlc.linguistics.georgetown.edu  Your career center (help them help you)  Alum from your dep’t  Career Linguist  www.careerlinguist.com  On Twitter: @CareerLinguist  My book - from Multilingual Matters Press (god willing) in Spring 2015  What other sources?

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