Phone interviews feel stressful. Not only are you nervous about making a good impression, you’re trying to do so without any visual feedback or body language to read. It’s hard to know how you’re performing without being able to see the interviewer’s reactions. Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what the hiring managers did or didn’t want to hear?… Continue Reading
English Major Job Tips
There’s a story going around about Elon Musk’s assistant who asked for a raise. After a two week test, she was fired. Here’s what we can learn.… Continue Reading
Like writing, professional editing is a broad term that actually encompasses many different types of work. However, editing is different in that it’s essentially invisible. A well-edited blog post, book, or other document allows the writer’s strengths to shine – not draw attention to the editing itself. Since great editing is so hard to identify, how can English majors learn how to become a good editor?… Continue Reading
Ellen Petry Leanse, entrepreneur and former employee of Apple and Google, noticed a startlingly high frequency of the word “just” among her female coworkers in conversation and email. Sentences starting in “I was just wondering” or “I just wanted to” left the speaker submissive and apologetic before making a request. This gave more authority and control to the recipient.
One of the misconceptions that kept me (and other English majors) from exploring various career options was that an English degree and technical jobs were incompatible. Why should someone who studied writing lead programmers or engineers?
Over on Medium, Lolita M. Taub writes about Jennifer Pugh, English major and technology product team manager for TakeLessons. Pugh’s story is proof even English majors can get one of the most sought-after jobs in tech.… Continue Reading
By studying English now, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of benefits.… Continue Reading
This week, a friend in an Master of Library Information Science (MLIS) program forwarded a very interesting email to me.
In case you aren’t familiar, MLIS degrees are a perfect option for English Majors who want a master’s degree but want to pivot into non-literature studies.… Continue Reading
We all have to start somewhere, and sometimes somewhere is the land where you work for free. But you don’t always have to work for free to get experience or to build your portfolio. So how can you know whether you should work for free or find a gig that pays?
This helpful infographic walks you through various situations where you might be tempted to work for free, and tells you whether or not it’s a good idea.
One main thing to walk away from the Flowchart knowing is to avoid employers that seem sketchy. This might mean employers who promise outlandish future rewards in place of immediate cash, employers that push the “build your portfolio” card to get you to agree to the work, or employers who fall back on being a “start-up” company as an excuse to pay you less.… Continue Reading
Finding opportunities through relationships isn’t as scary or hard as you might think.… Continue Reading