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Flaunt Your Language Fluency

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How many languages do you speak or write? If more than one, you may have a decided advantage over other job seekers and employees. …

How many languages do you speak or write? If more than one, you may have a decided advantage over other job seekers and employees.

Find out how to use your fluency to your best advantage.

Mark Swartz - CareerActivist.com
Monster.ca's National Career Coach

Published in: Career, Business

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  • 1. Employee & Job-Seeker Tip
    FLAUNT
    YOUR
    FLUENCY
    (BILINGUAL
    OR MULTI)
    Mark Swartz,
    Career Coach
  • 2. 1
    .
    BENEFITS OF
    BEING BILINGUAL
    OR MULTILINGUAL
  • 3. 1.1 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF FLUENCY
    • Canada is officially bilingual and French can be a definite asset in your job search
    • 4. Your language skills may be used to resolve problems between customers or colleagues involving cultural or language conflicts
    • 5. Having an accent can be seen as an additional competence that helps you communicate better with colleagues and customers from diverse backgrounds
  • 1.2 OTHER BENEFITS OF FLUENCY
    • Being multilingual (especially if multicultural too) demonstrates you can adjust your style to different people and situations
    • 6. You have experienced looking at problems and opportunities from different perspectives
    • 7. You know how it feels to be misunderstood, and you also appreciate what it takes to reverse misunderstandings
  • 2
    .
    POSSIBLE DOWNSIDES
    OF BEING BILINGUAL
    OR MULTILINGUAL
  • 8. 2. POSSIBLE DOWNSIDES OF BEING BILINGUAL
    OR MULTILINGUAL
    • If you have a strong accent, it may get in the way of being easily understood
    • 9. If English is your second or third language, your grammar and spelling skills in English may not be as accurate as they should be
    • 10. At work, this might lead to extra errors in your written work, or unnecessary misunderstandings
    • 11. On your resume, such errors could cause potential employers to hesitate in hiring you
  • 3
    .
    WAYS TO MAXIMIZE
    THE BENEFITS OF
    MULTIPLE FLUENCY
  • 12. 3.1 IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH IF NECESSARY
    • Work on your accent so that it becomes more easily understood by others who are not multilingual
    • 13. Take courses to improve your written English in order to reduce the number of errors you make
    • 14. Have someone who is fluent in English carefully read over your resume and cover letters before you send them out to employers
  • 3.2 USE YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS WHERE THEY
    ARE NEEDED MOST
    • If you are bilingual (English and French), apply for positions in organizations where employees must have both official languages
    • 15. For multilingual job seekers, apply to organizations in Canada that do international trade with countries or regions where your languages are spoken
    • 16. At work, volunteer to help out at work with problems
    or opportunities where multilingualism is required
  • 17. more on this topic:
    Canadians! Flaunt Your Fluency!
    more career advice:
    http://career-advice.monster.ca
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