IT professionals need to know many programming languages, but how about human languages? The fact that Canada boasts two official languages should indicate the fact job seekers with knowledge of French and English possess an advantage. But did you know they also make more money?
According to a study by the Department of Economics at the University of Cyprus, bilingual men earn 21% and bilingual women earn 15% more than unilingual Francophones in Quebec. Interestingly enough, in the rest of Canada bilingual men earn 5.4% and women 9.3% more than unilingual Anglophones. The Ontario Trillium Foundation also reports that Francophones in Toronto pull in $5000 more per year than the average Torontonian.
To employers, bilingualism is a desirable skill– and workers feel the same. In the last Canadian census, 2.8-million Canadians admitted to using more than one language in the workplace, particularly those in “customer-facing jobs.” Yet this extends beyond just French and English. Bloomberg Rankings lists Mandarin Chinese as the most useful language to know for business. Alongside French, the company suggests learning Arabic or sign language.
Note: Never exaggerate your abilities on a resume. Know your strengths and limitations and convey your skills as such. With that said, if you can speak another language fluently, list it with your other soft skills. In other words, move it out from hobbies and interests into your discussion or summary.
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