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Languages – Inside Information, Examples, Q&A

Include any additional languages for which you have business conversational ability or better. For languages, rate yourself as basic, conversant, proficient, or fluent.

You should definitely include your additional language ability on your CV if the language skill directly applies to the company, its clients and customers or to the job posting.

For example, if you are fluent in Zulu and the companies you want to work for have Zulu clients or facilities in Zulu speaking regions. Then it is important to document this skill on your CV.

How to List Languages on Your Resume

  • Fluent in English, Zulu (native tongue), and Xhosa.
  • Demonstrated excellence as an interpreter in verbal and written translations in Zulu and English.
  • Translated business documents from English and Zulu into Xhosa

Insider Tip: Do not overstate your abilities on your CV or job application. During the hiring and interview process you will be evaluated on your language proficiency. This may take place during the job interview. The hiring manager may begin to speak to you in the language and ask you questions, so you need to be able to perform at the level you stated on your CV.

Languages - How to list them in your CV

How to List Languages on your CV

LANGUAGES:

·         Fluent in Spanish, English (native tongue), and French.

·         Demonstrated excellence as an interpreter in verbal and written translations in French.

·         Translated business documents from English and French into Spanish.

·         Certificate in German Language, UK Language Institute, 2010.

Languages - Questions & Answers

When should I list my language capabilities on my resume?

 

You should definitely include your foreign language ability on your resume if the language skill directly applies to the company, its clients and customers or to the job posting.

 

How should I list my language abilities on my resume?

 

Do not overstate your abilities on your resume or job application. During the hiring and interview process you will be evaluated on your language proficiency. This may take place during the job interview. The hiring manager may begin to speak to you in the foreign language and ask you questions, so you need to be able to perform at the level you stated on your resume.