It’s no secret that many are job-hunting at the moment. As a result of the ongoing pandemic situation, competition for roles is more cut-throat than ever and everyone is looking for a way to stand out. Thankfully, with the prospect of more lockdowns on the horizon, there is also more time to focus on learning new skills to add to your CV. Read on for one thing you can do to make sure it’s your application that gets picked next time!
It’s important to understand that when you’re job-hunting, your CV should be based around your competencies, so you should be trying to prioritise anything that will set you apart from other candidates. Having English as a second language is becoming increasingly important; as the language of international business, you are an attractive prospect to an employer if you speak it. Over 1 billion people who speak English are non-native speakers. In joining them, you will boost your chances of a successful career, while enjoying other benefits, such as better problem solving abilities and increased memory function.
To employers, learning English shows you have dedicated time and commitment to the goal of becoming a better communicator in your line of work. It’s a reflection of your strengths as a person more generally; someone who has put the effort into learning a new language is more likely to be enthusiastic and hardworking when it comes to projects in the workplace.
Because so many people already speak some level of English in the world of business, it is advisable to become as fluent as you can. A lot of employers already expect you to be able to communicate somewhat in spoken English, but showing that you can also write in the language with good spelling and grammar is another plus. It will help when it comes to giving speeches and presentations. Being able to use your English outside of the work context, i.e. knowing how to hold general, friendly conversations, will also come in handy when it comes to networking. Sometimes career success and promotions come down to putting yourself out there and making as many connections as possible. If you speak someone’s language, it will be so much easier to connect with them and hopefully secure that opportunity!
So, what can you do about this? At ABC Cambridge, we are now offering English for Work programmes, brand new for 2021. The best thing about these courses is that, unlike commonplace ‘Business English’ programmes, they are specific courses to help you learn English that suits your own line of work. That way, we’re not charging you to learn things that won’t be useful. Instead, we’re maximising your time and budget to give you something to help you further the career you want. And better still, we even offer a course on job-hunting!
Our ‘English for job-hunting course’ consists of six units that cover things like CV preparation, cover letter writing, and how to answer interview questions. We will show you examples of real CVs and cover letters to help you understand exactly what employers are looking for and how to write your own. The tutor will also help you with some cultural aspects of job-seeking in a foreign language, such as how to excel at telephone interviews and how to negotiate your contract when you are offered the role.
Aside from job-hunting, we are offering courses to prepare you for work in food, the tourism and aviation industries, various medical professions, and engineering, to name just a few. Make sure to check our webpage for the full range of courses available.
Many people have found the past year has forced them to reflect on their lives and careers, sometimes leading to a change of path entirely. If you also feel that you’re interested in changing track, be sure to consider one of our courses, to give you the edge when you apply for that first position. You’ll also learn some of the vital components of the field you’re interested in, giving you a head-start. Making a career change can also sometimes mean the bigger change of moving country. With an English language qualification, you will have more options open to you than ever, making you eligible for career moves you never thought were possible! If you’ve always dreamed of living in a certain place, or travelling around the world for business then now’s your chance to make it happen. You may also be able to secure a higher-paid role in another country with your new language skills.
At ABC Cambridge, you will benefit from being taught by native speakers in exclusively one-to-one classes. If you can join us face-to-face, you will have the opportunity to meet and socialise with our other students at break times, and you can take the course intensively in just two weeks if you’re short on time. You can also complete the course remotely through ABC LIVE, our online school. Online classes give even more flexibility, meaning you can fit the lessons around your other commitments such as work and childcare. Online or in-person, our team is small and friendly, and our staff are always happy to help, so get in touch today and find out how we can help you advance your career.
Allegra Goodwin, Student Experience Manager
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