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Stand out from the Crowd – How to get a great Language Job Abroad

2015-11-16 09:00:00 +0000 by


Sometimes looking for a language job abroad might be a long and demanding process. How many times have you been thinking “I`ve sent so many CV’s yet nobody has contacted me” or “what went wrong during the interview?

I think that looking for language jobs involves more than going online & registering on every multilingual job board and applying for every single language job they have to offer.

Bellow you can see a few tips that might come in handy for your next job search

Make sure that you have an up-to-date CV:

  • Start with your most recent job and include the month/year of starting date and month/year of ending date – This is small but we recruiters love to see this – it helps us help you.
  • All jobs should include a small description or maybe list a few of your daily tasks – Again helping us help you.
  • There is no point in mentioning that you speak 5 different languages if you are only fluent in 2 of them. Why? because we only look to recruit multilingual speakers who have a near native level.

Social Media:

  • Social media is a very powerful tool and many companies will use it. Therefore check for example your LinkedIn/ Xing profile. Is it the same as your CV?
  • Facebook?! Sometimes it’s better to keep personal life separate – Put Facebook on private.

Don`t be afraid to call first or to call back:

  • Show motivation and be proactive. If you want to apply for the language job but you have some doubts or questions, pop a call before applying for the language job – doing so helps you gain a better understanding on whether or not you really want the job.
  • If you are in the middle of the interview process and you notice a missed call you should definitely call back. Maybe the recruiter is trying to update you or to get your availability for the next interview. Same thing applies for emails as well.

Check where you are applying:

  • Today there are plenty of multilingual job boards where you can look for your next language job abroad. But keep in mind, they may be the same company who has job postings on a number of job boards. So is it worth sending your CV 5 times for the same language job?
  • The internet is not the only tool that you can use. Keep in mind that you can always talk to others as well. Go to job fairs or networking events – this is a great way to get up close and personal with recruiters and employers – going to these events also shows your dedication and motivation for getting a job and possibly work abroad.

Finally, if you are being contacted, make it count!

  • It’s always a good thing to keep a record of the language jobs you have applied for. You never know when you could get a call/email. You could be contacted at any time to see whether you are still interested in the job and when the best time to contact you next will be. This is a great opportunity for you to research the company and do your homework on the job you have applied for.
  • Be honest and professional. It doesn’t matter if the questions asked are in relation to: your skills, your previous job experience, your financial resources for making the move to work abroad etc. – honesty is the best policy – you don’t want to be in the reference stage and have a previous colleague say the opposite of what you  said in the first interview.

Hopefully this will speed up your job search. Don`t forget that you are not the only one out there so why not make your CV the best they have ever seen? Why not make it different? Do this & you will definitely be on every recruiter radar`s. Good luck! 

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