Two Tongues are Better Than One

Fluency in a foreign language can translate into a world of professional possibilities.

down here, so there’s definitely [some opportunity for French speakers] in Florida.”

PLAYING MATCHMAKER–THE LANGUAGE AND THE JOB
One of the best ways to find a bilingual job is to use an agency, says Sabatino. She also recommends contacting international divisions of major corporations like IBM. And of course, there’s the Internet. “Monster Board and Career Mosaic are two excellent Websites to use if you’re searching for any type of job,” says Rodriguez. He also recommends browsing www.hoovers.com for information on publicly traded and privately held companies. When sending your résumé to prospective employers, sell the fact that you’re bilingual, says Rodriguez. It can only help your chances of landing the job. “Put the fact that you’re bilingual at the top of your résumé. Include your job objective statement,” he says. “We have a global economy now. As more countries become contenders in the business world, there’ll definitely be a need for people with bilingual ability.”

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Agencies

Alex Rodriguez
President and CEO
Diversity Consulting Group
3905 State St., Suite 7-231
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-964-9393

Donna Sabatino
Operations Manager
Career Blazers
590 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10036
212-719-3232

Yvette Madison
International Recruiter/Specialty Bilingual
Kent Agency
400 Madison Ave., Suite 310
New York, NY 10017
212-758-5353
Books

Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types
by H. Ned Seelye and J. Laurence Day
National Textbook Co., $14.95

Careers in International Affairs
Edited by Maria Pinto Carland and Michael Trucano
Georgetown University Press, $17.95

Careers in International Business
by Edward J. Halloran
VGM Professional Careers Series, $13.95

Websites
BiLingual Jobs.com
www.bilingual-jobs.com

Center for Applied Linguistics
www.cal.org

Foreign Language Career Chart
www.rths.rochelle.net/dept/
lang/career.html

National Council for Languages and International Studies
www.languagepolicy.org

International Career Employment Center
www.internationaljobs.org/fita/

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