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01.03.10. Foreign language skills make jobseekers more employable

Job hunters should highlight their language skills or learn a new tongue if they want to find a job fast. Personnel Today reports employers ranked languages as second only to IT ability on a list of desirable skills for job candidates. In a poll of 500 employers , two in five recruiters said speaking a second language gives a candidate the “x-factor” when applying for a job.

French (34 percent), German (25 percent) and Spanish (23 percent) are the languages considered the most useful by employers, but there is an emerging demand for UK community languages such as Polish (15 percent), Urdu (12 percent) and Punjabi (nine percent). Read full version here…