Foreign Language: Employment Advantage
Last time I looked at unemployment, I suggested staying positive, thinking outside of the box, and auditioning to be a game show contestant. Today, let’s be more realistic and look at a real life employment advantage.
While waiting for some packages in the office mailroom, I stuck up a conversation with a building neighbor. Jerome was friendly and talkative. We swapped work stories and how long we’ve been at our respective companies. What was interesting was Jerome just started work a few months ago. From his own mouth, the key for him landing the job, even though we are struggling with high unemployment, was his ability to speak Spanish.
His company has offices in Mexico and his co-workers can only speak Spanish. Jerome, who is Mexican, reflected on his good fortune, “Who would have thought my native tongue would have got me a job? Never mind my skills. It was Spanish.” We both reveled in his good fortune. He continued by telling me about his buddy, who is Mexican, and how he landed a gig in Singapore. It’s because he could speak a little Mandarin (Chinese). Unbelievable!
I’m no Jacque Cousteau, but if I were neck and neck with another applicant for a French position, if you were the French hiring manager, wouldn’t you give me a closer look because I have some basic French conversation skills? I know it’s rough out there and Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest is on full display. Why not give yourself a little edge where you can? If you haven’t entered already, make sure you sign up for the Mango Languages Giveaway. You can also click on the Mango Languages logo in the sidebar. Besides learning a new language or brushing up on an old one, you can exercise your brain in a fun way. You might even be on your way to a better job. Are you ready to change your life?