If your resolution this year is to find a new job, consider this: employers are looking for more than just technical skills in 2019. According to a new Linkedin report, they are seeking out candidates who can adapt to and collaborate with a global workforce and client base. If you happen to speak more than one language you likely already fit the bill. Not only can you communicate with a broader range of people, but your analytical and problem solving skills are potentially sharper than most, as several studies have suggested. Employers are catching on, and now the demand for candidates fluent in multiple languages is on the rise—particularly in the fields of tech, finance and healthcare. With that in mind, we decided to hit the job boards and roundup some of the most interesting opportunities for multilingual speakers available right now.
As the global economy fuels the financial industry, banks are seeking candidates for both high- and entry-level positions to open doors to new clients. Citigroup is looking for a bilingual Financial Advisor fluent in English and many Asian languages (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai) to build "offshore business and deepen relationships through the execution of an effective sales process." Meanwhile, Wells Fargo is serving up a host of opportunities from Senior Business Banking Specialist to Tellers in locations around the country, encouraging candidates who speak more than one language of any kind to apply.
If you're looking to break into the tech big leagues, the ability to speak more than one language is a major plus on your resume. Look no further than Apple for proof. The tech giant is encouraging multilingual candidates to apply for positions in both management and programming. Consider joining the Siri Machine Learning team working to expand and enhance human-computer interaction, or maybe you'd rather be a Senior Manager and oversee the day-to-day operations at one of the many Apple stores around the country. Meanwhile, WeLocalize is looking for a candidate fluent in multiple languages to review mobile apps for clients around the world.
Thanks to streaming platforms, we have more binge-worthy content from around the globe than ever. That also means more demand for translations and content creation. Netflix is currently on the hunt for a Spanish-speaking scribe to research and write brief bios for films and TV from Latin America and Spain. The same post is available for Korean bilingual writers. Anime fans who are fluent in Japanese might also take note of their Content Producer position.
Social Work and Non-Profit Sectors
If you have a background in social work and are fluent in both English and French, you could be eligible for a position with New Economics For Women, a community-driven organization that provides pathways to financial success for women. The Los Angeles-based organization is looking for a Spanish and English speaking case manager to "educate and coach families, especially as it relates to financial capability, including but not limited to spending plans, savings, credit, and debt management." If you're passionate about conservation, the African Wildlife Foundation is looking to fill the role of Senior Program Designer. The position, which requires fluency in French, involves "developing and stewarding relationships with US based public sector donors towards securing new funding for AWF's Program, with a particular responsibility for West and Central Africa."
UnitedHealthGroup is looking for customer service reps and supervisors in locations around the country who speak Spanish as well as English. There's also a telecommuting opportunity with the company to serve as a WorkLife Advisor providing customer support to clients. If you're ready to move to the Big Apple, New York Presbyterian Hospitals is in search of a candidate bilingual in Arabic to serve as a patient coordinator in their global services department.
We are just scratching the surface—there are so many more opportunities for dual language speakers on job boards like Indeed and Glassdoor. (Just enter the keyword "bilingual" in the search bar when you're filtering listings). But even if your dream job doesn't require knowledge of second language, that doesn't mean you shouldn't advertise your fluency in your cover letter and resume. If nothing else, it immediately will set you apart from the competition.