The Importance of International Experience on Your CV
November 23 2018 , 0 Comments
The job market is becoming increasingly frustrating each day. For many vacancies, there are hundreds of applicants, meaning that job seekers need to do all that they can to get noticed.
Nowadays, business is constantly changing and has become much more globalised, so international experience is now highly valuable to companies. Working abroad gives you a great opportunity to develop a unique skillset to help bolster your CV and impress prospective employers.
Working abroad also improves your self-reliance a great deal.
Working or studying in a new country will push you very far from your comfort zone, you will have to think for yourself, and adapt to new situations.
For employers, this is vitally important, it shows that you are a fast learner and can take challenges head-on.
Furthermore, it is also a great chance to develop a global network. You have the possibility of meeting people from different backgrounds and industries which may prove invaluable in your future career.
You will develop skills on how to communicate more effectively with people from different backgrounds, thus giving you the potential skills to help develop a prospective company’s presence abroad.
One other advantage is that it gives you a much better opportunity to pick up more of your target language, as learning this from the confines of home or a classroom does not give you anywhere near the same exposure
Fluency in a language is a highly sought after skill by employers, as an increasingly globalised world means that they will have the need to communicate with a wider variety of clients or even open new offices abroad.
It can also widen the range of jobs you could apply for, especially in terms of country, as you have better knowledge about global markets and experience of new cultures.
You can find language jobs abroad on the Europe Language Jobs website.
Your language skills could also be key to you potentially being hired for a job, so it’s vital that you’re able to show off these skills appropriately on your CV to give yourself the best possible chance.
Many people often understate their language skills by not displaying them clearly enough or by not giving them enough mention.
You can describe your language proficiency with:
- Basic or beginner
- Length of experience (5 years)
- Conversational or intermediate
- Advanced or proficient
- Fluent, native, or mother tongue
Think about how your language skills will come in useful for your prospective employer. You should also include any language courses you have taken which would be of interest to them. Mention where your language skills have been put to use such as Erasmus, international events, communicating with foreign companies etc. It’s important that you emphasise these skills if they would fit with your target role, for example if you speak Spanish and your target employer has Spanish clients, then you should definitely highlight your Spanish language skills.
However, it is important not to over sell yourself as it could lead to embarrassment in the future, and make you appear dishonest. You should also mention how you intend to improve your language ability if necessary, as employers will be impressed by a genuine effort to improve your skills.
Today’s guest post is from Dan Needham at Europe Language Jobs, an online job board for multilinguals. They have over 2,000 offers at some of the biggest brands in Europe, offering you the chance to work abroad in your native language.