5 ways to highlight language learning on your resume.

Jan 3, 2017 5:40:00 AM / by Jillian Rodriguez

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Calling all language buffs and culture aficionados, we’ve got good news for you: you’re among the most hireable candidates out there. We know that you got into the language-learning game for the love it, but all that that love could actually translate into your dream career. You’ve already put in the hard work, now it’s your time to shine. Did you know that language skills are listed as one of the top experiences that recruiters look for on a resume?

That’s why it’s so important that your resume shows just how valuable you really are. We know you’re awesome, but if you play your cards right, hiring managers will know it, too. Here are our top five tips to ensure that your resume translates to “hire me!” in every language.

1. Get specific.

Leave the broad strokes to Picasso. You resume is your opportunity to quantify and qualify your experiences in no uncertain terms. Nailed that TEFL test? Share your score and get specific about your strengths. If you’ve certified your skills through a standardized test, highlight that achievement and include dates. No reason to be shy - you’ve worked hard to master your language-learning skills and your future employer will appreciate knowing exactly what you bring to the table.

2. Tell your story.

Beyond the numbers of a standardized test, there exists a myriad of applied experiences that could prove to be invaluable to potential employers. From translation projects to community outreach, your passion projects and volunteer work could very well be the bridge to connect you to your next job. Sit down and evaluate all you’ve accomplished in your second-language endeavors and choose a few experiences that show off just how far your skills can take you.

3. Befriend the robot.

Let’s be real - recruiters receive an influx of applications and they often look to outside tools to provide insights. That means you need to evaluate your resume through the eyes of a computer - omitting key words that demonstrate your skill could determine whether or not you land an interview. Mine your field of expertise for the buzzwords that matter - name your skill level, call out certifications, and use language relative to the field you’re pursuing.

4. Provide your portfolio.

Remember that Spanish-language short story you wrote in college? Or that website you built for Russian language-learners? They may have seemed like one-off projects at the time, but now they’re prime real estate for your online portfolio. These days, a unique personal website is just a click away, so take the opportunity to provide employers with a link to the projects that speak to you. When it comes to language skills, the proof is in the pudding, so providing extra context will show just how much you’re truly capable of.

5. Travel counts.

First things first: we know that not everybody has the opportunity to travel abroad. Between the high price tag on international flights and limited access to these opportunities, it isn’t always easy to get past your own borders. That said, if you’ve lived in another country, that’s worth highlighting on your resume. You may not know it, but you’re now the proud owner of cultural fluency - an invaluable skill to employers who aim to succeed in today’s global economy. You’re cognizant of cultural differences, you’re game for learning new things, and you’re a global citizen. We’d hire you.

Now that your resume is polished to perfection, you’ll want your language skills to be just as strong. Need to brush up/keep up? We’re here to help. With fully mobile apps, specialty courses, and language-learning through foreign films, you can learn in any way, anywhere. Find out if Mango is available near you and start learning!

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Topics: Higher Ed, Language Learning and Culture

Jillian Rodriguez

Written by Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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