Find your ideal bilingual job. Florida is a state where the demand for multilingual staff has exploded!
Any company doing business in Jacksonville and other parts of Florida has the need for at least one person who is truly bilingual! This demand for bilingual staff opens many doors and opportunities for bilingual speakers.
If you are truly bilingual and have great communications skills in both English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or another languages and are having difficulty landing a job then you need to examine your approach: Sending out several copies of the same resume is not a good strategy, finding a good bilingual job requires effort. Let us assume you find a great bilingual job posting. Here are some simple steps to follow:
- Thoroughly research the company and find out as much about the business as you can, determine if this is the right fit for you.
- Ensure that you thoroughly understand the requirements of the currently opening; determine whether or not you have the skills and experience required.
- Tailor your resume to highlight the skills and experience you have that align with the requirements for the position.
- Carefully proofread your resume ensuring that there are no spelling or grammatical errors – make sure you are not “thinking in your native language!
- Do not mix fonts; if you cut and paste ensure that the formatting is consistent throughout the resume.
- Write a concise cover letter stating why you feel you are a good fit for the position; do not ramble. Have a strong closing statement.
- Follow up on your application with a phone call; this engagement often sets you apart and entices the hiring manager to take another look at your resume and opens the door for a face to face interview.
- Once your core template is perfected it will need constant “tweaking”: Tailor it to each position you are applying for. Read the job requirements carefully and ensure that you highlight the skills and requirements that the employer is seeking; leave out irrelevant information. This is especially true for applicants who have a long work history and who have acquired many transferable skills emphasizes the skills that are most relevant to the position. Careless mistakes are costly and can make the difference between getting the opportunity to interview or not.
When creating a cover letter be concise. Try and mirror the language in the posting, stating why you are a strong candidate by summarizing your skills relevant to the position; do no ramble and clutter the letter with irrelevant information. Close with a call to action and be sure to follow up on your application!