Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the June 21, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
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“Being monolingual is about as American as football, but foreign-language fluency is an increasingly significant asset, even for workers who never intend to set foot in another country,” Coombes writes.
For job-seekers eager to position themselves for coming economic shifts, experts advise the following languages.
- Spanish. Combine more Spanish speakers within U.S. borders and this country’s growing trade with Mexico, and Spanish becomes the language to beef up your resume. Mexico is among the top five of U.S. trading partners.
- Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese. Some estimates point to Chinese becoming the No. 1 Internet language by 2007, one expert said.
- Portuguese. The third-largest consumer market by 2010, after China and India, will likely be Brazil.
- German. An economic force in the European Union, Germany’s language is increasingly the second language-of-choice in places like Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.
- Other languages to consider: Arabic or Farsi, Russian, French
Coombes also notes that English-speakers who are unwilling to dive into another language should think about India: “The country is increasingly a darling among U.S. companies seeking offshore locations, and English is commonly spoken there,” Coombes writes.
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