4 Ways to Make Your Bilingual Job Application Stand Out

Posted on 15/09/2016

September is a popular time for jobseekers to begin or resume their job search after the summer break – we’ve certainly seen an increase in candidates looking for their next Dutch speaking job.


Because of this, it’s really important to make sure that your CV and covering letter sets you apart from the crowd of bilingual jobseekers all searching for a brand new role.


When putting your CV together, make sure you take these following four tips into account:


1. Make your language skills and proficiency clear


It’s important to make your CV clear and easy-to-read; you don’t want to give recruiters any reason to reject you.


If you’re applying for a bilingual or multi-lingual vacancy, highlight your language skills and your level of proficiency as early in your CV as possible.


We’ve seen some jobseekers hide their language skills away at the very bottom of their CV where they can easily be missed. Being able to speak multiple languages is an amazing thing so make sure that you shout about it and make it known.


2. Highlight any international experience


Don’t just talk about your ability to speak multiple languages; provide examples of when you have used your language skills in a professional environment.


If you’ve worked or lived abroad, make sure that you talk about it within your application as it shows that you’ve actually put your language skills to use within a business environment or to converse with locals.


Living and working abroad also suggests that you’d be comfortable travelling, if the opportunity arose, or potentially open to roles based in an international location.


3. Don’t rely purely on your language abilities


Being able to speak multiple languages is a fantastic skill to have. However, when applying for roles, there’s a good chance that you’ll need additional experience behind you.


Even if your commercial experience is limited in the particular sector you’re looking at, try focusing on transferable skills and characteristics.


For example, if you’re applying for a Dutch speaking sales role but you’ve never held a sales position, talk about your experience of building relationships or any experience of up-selling that you’ve acquired in previous roles (remember, they don’t necessarily have to be in previous multi-lingual positions).


4. Talk about what you can offer the employer


Personalise your cover letter by researching the business. Why are they looking for bilingual employees? Is it to increase their presence within a particular market? Or is it to liaise confidently with their international offices?


Research what the company is looking to achieve and explain how you can help them to meet this goal. For example, if you know that the employer is looking to increase sales of their software within the Netherlands, you might say:


“Having lived in Amsterdam for three years, I have strong knowledge of the Dutch tech market and I believe that my excellent relationship-building skills will help your business to meet its international expansion goals.”


Creating a tailored message that relates to the employer’s end goal will really make your application stand out.


Find your next Dutch speaking role by registering your CV with Dutch Speaking Jobs.