In this digital age in which we live, more and more companies are conducting business that extends not only beyond the boundaries of their city and state, but beyond the borders of their home countries as well. The fact is that for many companies, both large and small, the entire world is their marketplace. So it only makes sense that having employees who speak a second language (and maybe a third and fourth as well) would be an enormous benefit to those companies. From the perspective of the job seeker, being bilingual also brings a multitude of advantages. We’ve listed some of those below.
Getting an interview
You can’t get a job without getting an interview first, which means your resume will have to stand out from the countless others that are applying for the same job. Employers recognize the importance of being able to communicate clearly with customers and non-native-English-speaking employees. So speaking a second language – and noting that on your resume – is likely to increase your chances of getting your foot in the door.
Being bilingual makes you more competitive
Once you’ve got the interview, the next challenge is how to stand out among the other candidates. If you’ve looked for a job lately, you know better than anyone how competitive the current job market is. No matter what the industry may be, there are plenty of other qualified people out there, all of whom are competing for the same job. Being bilingual will be considered an advantage by your prospective employer.
Speaking another language expands your list of possible employers
For many companies, having bilingual employees is not just a “nice-to-have”; it’s a necessity. This is particularly true for companies doing business in the global marketplace, such as financial institutions and import/export companies, for example. If you didn’t speak a second language, you might not even consider applying with these businesses, so being bilingual enables you to look for a job in industries that might otherwise be altogether unavailable to you.
Being bilingual makes you a more self-confident employee
Learning a language brings many more benefits above and beyond just learning a new vocabulary. The simple act of learning and speaking a second language expands your mental prowess and often makes you more adept at mental multi-tasking than other people who speak only one language. It’s also likely to make you more sensitive to other cultures and to people from other areas of the world. That will help to make you more at ease with a variety of people, whether in your personal life or your professional life. All this adds up to more self-confidence, and that intangible quality is one that is recognized and highly valued by potential employers.
In today’s highly competitive job market, it’s smart to give yourself every advantage possible when it comes to applying for a new job. Speaking a second language will do just that. But the benefits you’ll gain by being bilingual will extend far beyond job seeking; it will, in fact, change your life for the better in ways that you may have never imagined!