Two Tongues are Better Than One

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

He’s not done yet. Fabien also plans on adding Spanish to his repertoire. “A Spanish interpreter can earn more than I can because there’s a larger cross section of the population that speaks Spanish,” he says. In recent years, Florida has become a blossoming business center for South America and the Caribbean and the home of a vast Spanish-speaking immigrant population-largely from Cuba. But until Fabien masters that language, his current job is pretty secure. “French is an important language in South Florida because a lot of Canadians vacation and retire here,” he says. “Many of [these Canadians] bring their businesses with them, or start anew once they get 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

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