If you speak more than one language, there may be great news for you in the job market. Over the last several years, the demand for bilingual talent has skyrocketed in Texas and around the country. Regardless of your experience, if you are bilingual or multilingual, you may have an advantage over job seekers who are not. How can you leverage these skills in your job search? Here are a few tips for finding your next employer.
Target Your Dream Job
Bilingual employees are in high demand for jobs at all levels. Whether you have experience in general labor, administrative support, IT, accounting, or management, bilingual candidates will have an advantage. When you begin your job search, look for employers who are specifically targeting multilingual candidates before submitting applications. This will help you sell your skills on your resume.
Most In-Demand languages
Companies hiring bilingual employees are often looking at multiple languages to be represented. The top four in-demand languages are currently:
If you are fluent in these languages, it’s important to let employers know. Make it front and center on your resume in your career summary or accomplishments.
Jobs in Texas
Texas is currently at the top of the list for states where employers are looking for bilingual talent. Spanish speakers are in demand, but the increase of global headquarters in the Fort Worth area also mean other languages are an important part of the business landscape. As a bilingual candidate in Texas, you can leverage your experience for your next opportunity.
Companies will need to measure levels of fluency as part of the hiring process. They want reassurance that you are truly fluent. In most cases, they will provide a skills test to determine your reading, writing, speaking, and understanding proficiency. Before they take this step, share your levels of fluency and your credentials, such as whether you’re a native speaker, studied abroad, or took courses.
Craft Your Resume
To get to the stage where assessments will be conducted, you need to market your language skills properly. This means you have to list your bilingual or multilingual skills on your resume in the right way. If possible, provide data to demonstrate how your language skills have benefited previous employers. You don’t need to write your resume or cover letter in this language but provide clear examples.