Linguistic Career Launch (LCL) 2022 occurred in May-Aug 2022 on LCL Twitter.

The Linguistics Beyond Academia special interest group of the LSA brought you weekly Tweetorials offering a range of videos, articles, activities, and tips throughout Summer 2022.

LCL 2022 started with an overview of foundational topics in career management. Think resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, job interview prep, and more! But we didn’t stop with the basics. LCL 2022 also explored a variety of careers where linguists can and do thrive. Think conversation design, applied research, and naming & branding. Consider educational technology, natural language processing (NLP), and user experience (UX).

Job Squad

What was Job Squad? It was an informal, virtual space in Zoom for linguists and other social and behavioral scientists navigating the job market to come together and share their experiences. Participants brought questions and concerns about career management and we tackled them together.

Who’s Rachel? Rachel graduated with an M.A. in Linguistics from @MLCGeorgetown. She facilitated Job Squad, offering tips and resources from a variety of sources, and shared her own job search experiences.

Thanks to all the participants for making LCL 2022 a success!


Tweet Recap, 8/17/22 (final)

Thank you to all for joining us this summer for Linguistics Career Launch 2.0! We wrapped our LCL2.0 Twitter content today and hosted our final Job Squad meeting this afternoon, but Book Club will continue with its final meeting next Wed (8/24) at 8am PDT/11am EDT. Sign up here if you’d like to join us on the 24th to discuss chapters 9 and 10 of What Color is Your Parachute? And don’t forget that our LCL YouTube channel with a variety of career management resources will remain available. It has been an absolute pleasure to have you follow along this summer. Please take a few minutes to offer your feedback via this brief survey, and we hope that we’ll continue to see you in our Twitter feed and at future events. Stay tuned!.

Tweet Recap, 8/12/22

This week we wrapped up our discussion of transferable skills, emphasizing the importance of highlighting these skills on your resume and in your job interviews. Don’t forget to develop your STAR stories – Situation, Task, Action, Result – as you prepare for and navigate your job search! We also shared two recorded panels this week. Interested in non-profit spaces or in contracting and consulting work? Check out this 1.25 hr panel featuring linguists in the non-profit sector and this 1.25 hr panel featuring linguists who have work as contractors or consultants. Have a great weekend and remember that we’ll be wrapping up our Tweetorials and Job Squad meetings this coming Wednesday, 8/17.

Tweet Recap, 8/5/22

This week we focused on skills. Hard skills, soft skills, and transferable skills. Make sure to check out our definitions and examples in this Twitter thread, and take a look at the four attached slides for a list of various transferable skills you’ve likely already acquired via your linguistics training. We will continue the discussion next week, tying it into the many career management tips and tricks we’ve shared throughout the summer re: application materials, interviews and the overall job search process.

Tweet Recap, 7/29/22

This week’s LCL2.0 career content explored a couple of different job sectors where linguists thrive and included some resources for navigating change in your career. If you’re interested in learning more about Conversation Design, check out the 5 minute video from Aine McAlinden linked below. If you’re interested in Technical Communication, take a look at this 1.25 hr panel featuring 3 linguists in tech comm. Starting a new job? Take a look at this article if you’re a little nervous about getting started – it’s okay to be excited and nervous all at the same time! You might also consider watching this 1hr panel featuring 4 linguists who have navigated a variety of changes and challenges throughout their careers.

Tweet Recap, 7/22/22

his week’s LCL2.0 content focused on finding ways to stay organized and to make time for self-care while job searching. Check out this article for some organizational tips, and take a look at this 45 minute session for ways that academic departments can support their students who are curious about non-academic careers. We also shared this recorded panel featuring linguists working in strategic communications. We hope you enjoy these resources and have a great weekend. In the meantime, if you have any topics or questions you would like to see addressed, reply and let us know!

Tweet Recap, 7/15/22

Here’s a quick recap of the week’s LCL2.0 career management content. We focused heavily on job offers, compensation packages and negotiations. We started with the article, The Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer, followed by the recorded career session, Talking Types of Compensation. We also shared this article from Payscale, How to Negotiate a New Job Offer, and this recorded career panel featuring 3 linguists working in applied research roles. Make sure to stay tuned for further resources and LCL content!

Tweet Recap, 7/08/22

Here’s a quick recap of this week’s LCL 2.0 career management content. We began with two articles detailing the ins and outs of technical interviews: Indeed’s Guide to Understanding the Technical Interview and 5 Smart Moves to Make in a Technical Interview from The Muse. We also highlighted this career session featuring 3 linguists working in Natural Language Processing (NLP) roles and this article with questions that you, the interviewee, may want to ask during a job interview. And don’t forget that we will have Brielle Nickoloff, career linguist and conversation designer extraordinaire, joining us on Wed, 7/13/22 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT to discuss how linguists can break into the field of Conversation Design. Make sure to sign up for Zoom access!

Tweet Recap, 7/01/22

Here’s a quick recap of the week’s Tweets. We focused heavily on job interviews, highlighting Daniel Moglen’s workshop Interview Prep 101 and these articles from The Muse – Your 2022 Guide to the Most Common Interview Questions and Answers and Everything You Need to Know About Answering Behavioral Interview Questions. We also shared this career panel from 3 linguists who have transitioned from academia to government roles. We hope you enjoy the resources and have a wonderful weekend!

Tweet Recap, 6/24/22

We kicked off our Tweets for the week with this article on cover letters from Ask a Manager and this article on LinkedIn profiles from The Muse. We explored professional portfolios, starting with the 2 attached slides from Nancy Frishberg and Sara Cambridge, and following up with this quick read Building your design portfolio? Here are 8 things I wish I’d known. We also shared this session on User Experience and Design from Nancy Frishberg.

Tweet Recap, 6/17/22

We kicked off the week with a series of Tweetorials on referrals, references, and recommendations. To view the content shared on these topics, check out the LCL Twitter page and these individual links: Referrals TweetorialReferences TweetorialRecommendations Tweetorial. We also shared this 1.5-hr career panel featuring 3 linguists working in educational technology. And don’t miss out on reading What Color is Your Parachute? with Nancy Frishberg and Anna Marie Trester, starting with a discussion of the first two chapters on Friday, June 24th at 10:30am PDT/1:30pm EDT. Sign up here.

Tweet Recap, 6/10/22

 Here’s a quick overview of the resources we shared to the LCL Twitter page this week. We started with a 1-hr webinar, Tailoring & Refining Your Resume, followed by the 3 attached slides detailing the STAR method for writing resume bullet points. We also linked to this brief, 10-min video of a neuroscientist explaining one concept to 5 audiences to get you thinking about how to explain linguistic terms and concepts to a variety of audiences. We finished out with a 1.5-hr webinar, Linguists in Unexpected Places, and this article from The Muse on all things cover letters.

Tweet Recap, 6/3/22

Here’s a quick recap of the resources shared to the LCL Twitter page this week. We started with a webinar on building your comprehensive resume, we highlighted this recorded career session on Voice User Interfaces (VUIs), and we previewed the content to come next week with an article on the STAR method for crafting your resume bullet points and preparing for job interviews. We also had our first Job Squad meeting on Wed and are looking forward to live resume feedback with Anna Marie Trester at our next meeting on Wed, 6/8 at 1pm EDT.

Tweet Recap, 5/27/22

If you haven’t had a chance to explore this week’s LCL2.0 resources, here’s a quick recap. We started off the week with a 30-min recorded workshop on Career Exploration through the Lens of Self paired with free skills and interests assessments from imaginephd.com. We also shared a 1.5 hour webinar on Informational Interviews & Relationship Building, followed by an Informational Interview Guide. Make sure to check out these resources as you explore your career options, and don’t miss the overview of Human Language Technology (HLT) industry jobs.

Tweet Recap, 5/20/22

Here’s a quick recap of the resources shared on the LCL Twitter page this week. Check out this 1-hour webinar on Career Opportunities for Linguists and make sure to bookmark careerlinguist.com for a plethora of career management resources specifically for linguists. Browse the “Week in the Life” blog from PhDs at Work or review the slides from Wednesday’s post for a list of career titles that linguists can and do hold. And don’t forget to sign up for Job Squad if you’d like extra support while navigating the job market!

Tweet Recap, 5/13/22

Here’s a quick recap of the resources from last week’s Tweets. Make sure to bookmark the LCL YouTube channel if you haven’t already, and review these webinars on Job Hunting Beyond Academia and Getting Your First Job Beyond Academia. Also consider taking a look at careeronestop.org, a resource page from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. More great resources to come this week on the LCL Twitter page!