Language roles play an ever-increasing part in daily business in a global world, and being able to speak multiple languages to a high standard will naturally increase your employability and your potential value to employers.
Fluency in multiple languages shows that you have an aptitude for learning and for so-called ‘soft skills’ like communication, which are transferable across different roles, responsibilities and sectors.
Despite this, it can be very difficult to recruit candidates with specific language skills, which is why at Alexander Hancock we make certain to put the necessary focus on finding the languages that each employer needs, and making clear when they are an essential part of the job opportunity for applicants.
This all helps to make sure that these priority skills are not overlooked during the recruitment process, so that employer and employee alike benefit from the best possible fit for the role that is available.
Types of Language Jobs
Aptitude in a European foreign language or in any major or emerging economy can be a huge advantage when applying for all types of language and linguistics jobs.
In particular, employers often seek candidates with a good level of proficiency or fluency in:
The greater your level of fluency, the better, but this will vary between different linguistics roles, so for example you might need to know a particular language to a fairly proficient conversational level, or to a detailed enough degree that you would be able to translate between languages for somebody else.
English in Linguistics Roles
In many cases learning a foreign language can improve your English speaking too, but it’s worth noting that employers will often look for a high level of English aptitude when recruiting for linguistics roles.
This is because you might be asked to deal with partners, suppliers and customers who speak English as a second language – making it important to be able to communicate clearly with them, without coming across as patronising.
For this reason, Alexander Hancock will often take into account your English capabilities, as well as your proficiency in the required second language and your ability to interpret or translate between the two at conversational speed.
If you are a candidate interested in linguistics careers but you currently do not have the required proficiency in the most sought-after languages, get in touch and we will be happy to talk through the opportunities that might be open to you and the languages that are most in demand right now.
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