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May 19, 2008
The Secret to Boost your Career
- Maria Theresa S. Samante Email this article

Aside from English, knowing how to write and speak the language used in your host country is a big advantage and a great feature to add in your résumé, that means a good start in your career.


Fluency in the language used in your host country makes you stand out among other foreign applicants. Having a second language opens more doors to improve your career. You are even paid more than other foreign workers who can only speak English.


In an article of Paula Andruss, “How Being Bilingual Can Boost Your Career,” a research done by Rosetta Stone states that people who can speak at least one foreign language earn more than $100,000 a year.


In choosing a second language, prefer the language of developing countries. According to some surveys, the most popular language next to English is Chinese. Other marketable languages are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.


The article also states that  industries that particularly needs bilingual employees includes (but are not limited to) finance, sales, technology, manufacturing, professional services and government jobs.


According to the managing partner of Stamford, Conn.-based recruiting firm Morgan Howard Worldwide, Alister Wellesley, they can see a demand in full range of industries.


There are several ways of on how to start studying foreign language. You can enroll in community college classes. You can also learn foreign language through educational books, DVDs and CDs.


According to Jesse Boeding, director of undergraduate programs at the Kogod School of Business at Washington D.C.'s American University, applicants who can communicate in second language definitely makes them more appealing to the global market since most employers are looking for applicants who have the knowledge not only in business but also has language expertise.


Having a second language is not only advantageous in job hunting, Wellesley said that learning a second language is beneficial in many ways even if you do not intend to use if professionally. She also said that being bilingual makes employers think that you bring a somewhat broader vision to the table.


“Even though it may not be relevant to the actual job that we're searching to fulfill, I like it when I interview people with a skill in a second language,” he says. “It shows a potential employer that you retain knowledge and that you've studied something outside your likely jurisdiction, so it's absolutely an advantage, no matter what the job.”

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