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.

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

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

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Flaunt Your Language Fluency

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