Language Learning and your Resume

Bonjour tout Le monde!

At what point is it Ok to check off French on the "Do you speak any other languages besides English" box on a Job application?

Conversational Fluency? When you are skilled enough to be a UN translator?

What is the line?

Merci Beaucoup!

December 4, 2015


It depends on the job, really. If you're applying to a call center, you'd probably need to be able to provide customer service in the target language. If you're applying at a McDonald's in Ottawa, you may just need enough French to take someone's order. If you're applying for a position as a UN translator, well...

December 4, 2015

I'd say conversational fluency.

December 4, 2015

Yes, depends on a job (and if it is important, they are likely to check this in job interview). Some job applications prefer to ask for grading of language skills (and this is something to put on your resumé too), e.g. 1-5 with 1 meaning fluency and 5 knowing the basics.

December 4, 2015

If I was not fluent enough to be able to converse with a native speaker relatively easily (which I amn't) and I wanted to put something on my CV I'd be very tempted to sit one of the DELF exams so I had something to back up my claims. As an earlier reply stated, it depends on the type of job too, if this is to give you an edge when applying for job in McDonalds in Quebec I'd feel happier about including it than if I thought they might send me to France to sit in on project planning meetings.

Side note: Google says "amn't" is a misspelling and suggests "ain't" (or mayn't!) as corrections.

December 4, 2015

I've never heard/seen 'amn't' or 'mayn't' before. I have heard/seen 'ain't'. IMO it would be better to say "which I'm not"

December 5, 2015

"amn't" is very common in spoken English where I come from. I'm only familiar with "ain't" from watching US media. Obviously "am not" is correct, my point was that I was surprised to see an incorrect, or certainly dialect, form being offered as a correction for another.

December 12, 2015
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