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Does Being Bilingual Get You Hired?

Does Being Bilingual Get You Hired, but Little Else?

Growing up my parents always emphasized the importance of linguistic education. They knew that being bilingual was an asset growing up in a big city, but also thought that speaking another language would give me an advantage on college applications, and later, job applications. Well, here I am years later, and I have to say, while I'm thrilled I have the ability to speak another language, I have never used it at work. The plus, however, is that it still seems to impress in job interviews, whether or not it's actually useful day-to-day at the office.

Apparently that's the common sentiment of employers looking to hire: "Even if your prospective employer may not have an immediate need for your multiple language capabilities, they are likely to see your fluency as an added benefit and asset in the hiring process." It's not only schools, hospitals, or government jobs that want a bilingual employee — financial institutions like banks and larger institutions marketing to a global audience see speaking more than one language as a huge plus for business. So, just in case you're not already marketing your bilingual, or perhaps, multilingual skills on your resume, do it. Even if the job doesn't call for it, the ability to speak more than one language is an attractive quality to employers and likely to give you a little edge over the competition. If you're job seeking, be sure to capitalize on your linguistic skills, and if you've ever had a job where speaking more than one language was a plus, I want to know about it. So, tell me, has being bilingual ever benefited you at work?

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pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
definitely~ while it wasn't part of the job description, i have been asked to translate numerous times at work...and this was technical translations...not colloquial stuff so overall it's benefited me =)
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
It has differentiated me from other candidates, but I can't recall ever actually getting to make use of the skill
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I believe it is definitely a skill to have! While I was working in retail there were often times when a spanish-speaking customer would come in and they couldn't find anyone to help them so it came in handy that I could.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
100% it would benefit me everyone at my work speaks French and English - my boss is francophone...i can understand French but don't speak it very would definitely help sometimes, but i get by fine without it because everyone speaks English as well i managed to get my job without being bilingual but in the future i will need my French to make it past a certain level...i am doing training now to work on it
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