It’s unsurprising that language skills are in demand by a large number of employers.
With businesses expanding internationally, the ability to communicate clearly with a global customer base, not to mention colleagues in international offices, can really help you thrive in your role. And speaking one, two or even three extra languages can often give your job application a boost and help you beat the competition.
But how can you give your application the edge when it comes to competing against other bilingual or multi-lingual candidates? We provide five of our key tips to help you grab your next multi-lingual opportunity:
1. Make sure that your CV is up-to-date
If you’re applying for a role where an additional language is a requirement, make sure that your language skills are clearly listed towards the top of your CV. It’s also important to include your level of proficiency, for example:
2. Register with specialist job boards to be notified first about new vacancies
There any many online job boards that specialise in advertising a variety of multi-lingual roles or who specialise in a particular language, for example Dutch Speaking Jobs.
By registering your CV on these job boards, you’ll be quickly alerted of any relevant vacancies that become available, providing you with a head start over other candidates looking for similar roles.
3. Write the perfect cover letter
Writing an engaging cover letter is a skill that can take a while to master. You should write your cover letter with the aim of grabbing the attention of the recruiter or employer.
Pick out some of the key points made in the job advert and concisely explain how your skills and experience make you the ideal fit for the role. You could even write your cover letter in your second language (although be mindful that not everyone involved in the recruitment process may be able to read it).
4. Prepare for your telephone interview
If you’ve applied for a bilingual or multi-lingual role, one of the main skills that will be assessed during the telephone interview will be your ability to communicate clearly.
Make sure that you’ve been honest about your level of proficiency within your CV because if you haven’t, this is the point where you’ll probably be caught out.
If you’re able to, print out a copy of the job advert so you can keep referring back to it during your telephone interview; this will ensure that you don’t go off on any tangents.
5. Impress in your face-to-face interview
You’ve managed to reach the face-to-face interview – congratulations!
Present yourself smartly and prepare to showcase your language skills again. However, don’t neglect to talk about the other requirements for the role. For example, if you’re interviewing for a Dutch Speaking Account Manager role, focus on your strong customer service abilities and any previous experience of dealing with multiple international customers’ accounts on a regular basis.
Most importantly, stay calm and focused, remember to smile and wow them. Good luck!
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