Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Speak a second language? Don't be shy
CareerBuilder has advice for job seekers. If you speak or can understand a second language, say so—but be honest.
In a 2011 survey, 29% of employers said if they had a choice between a uni-lingual and someone with two languages, they would probably take the latter.
Much is said about Spanish, but Mandarin Chinese is most useful for business. Followed by French and Arabic.
If you say you are fluent on your res (“Where is the bathroom” does not count), then bring some proof—maybe a document you translated. Show that this has helped you reach new customers or audiences.
Find out why the company needs someone bilingual. Full-on skills may not be needed.
Don’t lie or oversell—if you do, it will come out without fail.