December 1, 2013

Learn A Second Language If You Want To Find A Job

Did you know that there are over 6,000 languages spoken around the world? How many languages do you speak? If you’re a job seeker, the more languages you speak, the better your chances of getting hired.

Technology allows businesses to operate on a global scale – one where languages play a major role. This means that if you are fluent in a second language, you will be a huge asset for any company. Did you know that nearly a third of employers would choose a candidate who is multilingual over a candidate who is not? Unfortunately, most people overlook the value of speaking a second (or third) language.

It pays off to list your language skills on your resume. Be honest about your language abilities. Do not say you are fluent, if you only know basic phrases. It’s also important to be able to demonstrate and show how useful your language skills are during the interview too. Be sure to show how your language skills can help with translation, communications, and future growth of the company.

Learning a second language is hard work. It takes lots of focus and daily practice. Some people learn best from programs like Rosetta Stone. Others thrive by going abroad and immersing themselves in the language they want to learn or by teaching english as a second language. One great way to learn is to use free online language lessons. However you learn, be sure to gain the competitive edge in the job search by learning a second language. It’s one of the best ways to make yourself stand out.

Did you study a foreign language in high school or college? Do you remember much of it? If you have some language skills, you may want to continue to study that language. If you’re new to the language arts, the best languages to learn for business, besides English, are:

  1. Mandarin Chinese
  2. French
  3. Arabic
  4. Spanish
  5. Russian
  6. Portugese
  7. Japanese
  8. German
  9. Italian
  10. Korean
  11. Turkish

Take your pick of languages. Whatever language you learn, having language skills is a great way to stand out in the hiring process – especially if you want to be a language translator. Speaking a second language is a fun skill to master. It’s useful for travel, work, and life.

It’s challenging to master a second language, but if you are focused and eager, you can do it. It will definitely make you a stronger job applicant. Are you you ready to start your job search?

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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