Ireland is the epicentre for companies looking to enter into the European markets and abroad. So much so, this has resulted in some of the biggest brands and tech giants in the world setting up shop in Dublin. These companies offer incredible opportunities for language speakers, but this leads to intense competition for these positions. Here are our top tips to ensure you a ready to tackle the market head-on to improve your chances of success.
1.Detail, Detail, Detail
One of the biggest problems multilingual candidates face when sending CVs is providing hiring managers with the requirements needed in order to determine their suitability. Each role on your CV should be tailored to highlight what skills and attributes you possess that would make you the perfect fit. Whether your job was in Ireland or Jamaica, you must give detail into the company’s activities and the job duties to make the hiring manager interested in your profile. You also need to highlight what languages you used in each role; This will show you have experience using your languages in a work setting
2. Digest the STAR Method
4 words, 1 purpose; to show you have the experience necessary for the vacancy available. Some international candidates are often unfamiliar with competency-based questions and don’t prepare adequately for an interview. Therefore, we recommend sitting down with some old-fashioned pen and paper and writing out your answers using the 4 headings – Situation, Action, Task, Result. This way you will be prepared and can rhyme off your perfect examples and won’t be left tongue-tied in front of a panel.
3.Know Your Market
The Irish multilingual market differs tremendously depending on what is crucially in demand at the moment, versus what language is not vastly needed. Typically, the French, German and Nordics have more jobs; less candidates, while the likes of Italian and Spanish have less jobs, more competition. Therefore, if you are an Italian native for example, you need to make sure that your experience stands out better than the rest. Simple things like personalised cover letters, or even a thank you card will make your name standout in a hiring manger’s memory when it comes to making a final decision.
For multilingual jobs, there can be a number of hurdles you need to jump through before you get to that final interview. Phone screens, language tests and technical tests all take up time and need to be completed before you can prove yourself in person. It is vitally important that you keep the recruitment process as smooth as possible to ensure you aren’t slipping behind. There’s no point in waiting until Monday afternoon after a weekend off to complete your Dutch language test because trust me, your competition doesn’t wait.
5.Job Consistency is Key
A major trap some candidates fall into is jumping at the chance for a shiny new job with a higher salary. They often fail to take into consideration the tasks they are doing on a daily basis and the career opportunities it will present.
This results in candidates quitting a job after a number of months and jumping towards a new opportunity. It is vital you think long and hard about the company, job and contract you are about to commit to. If you CV shows longevity and you are deemed less likely to be flight risk, you will have a better chance at securing a new role.