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I Mean, I Don't Speak English Well
Common Obstacles | Resume Tips | Job Hunt Tips | Interview Tips
Obstacle No.3:
I don't speak good English.

Good spoken and written English skills are generally required to secure decent employment in the United States. Among international students from non-English-speaking countries, those with good English skills tend to find a job relatively easily. However, it is rare for international students to speak and write fluent English. But that doesn't mean you should give up.

Being bilingual is an advantange

The flip side of your handicap is that you will probably speak more languages than an American employee. If you are fortunate, your native language may be used widely, in which case it is useful to a potential employer. If so, you should capitalize on it. Try to promote the fact that you are bilingual or even trilingual to your potential employer during the job interview.

Speak confidently

Speaking with confidence helps you to communicate more effectively with an interviewer. The first sign of confidence is shaking hands firmly. Remember, do not shake hands with sweaty palms, which makes you seem very nervous. You should maintain eye contact with your interviewer, and smile from time to time to show your confidence. Eye contact may not be advisable in some cultures, but in America it is quite improper if you do not maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to. Keep in mind, too, that to be modest is a virtue in many cultures but might be interpreted as a lack of confidence in American society. You do not need to over-sell yourself (as some people tend to do), but you ought to fully present your abilities, skills, and experience to your interviewers. If you have a difficult time doing this due to your culture, try to think of it this way: Confidently expressing yourself may or may not get you the job, but being modest or shy will absolutely eliminate any chance of success. An American employer might think of it this way: If you don't think you're the best candidate for the job, then neither do I!

Be prepared!

While you never know what questions interviewers might ask, you can prepare by imagining yourself answering some difficult questions. You can find tons of tips, and questions that are frequently asked by interviewers, on the Web or in published sources. Click here for an extensive list of possible interview questions compiled by the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. If you are very worried, you might find it builds your confidence to practice reciting some of your answers.

Apply for the right job

If you realize that you do not have a good command of English, try not to apply for jobs that require fluent verbal or written English. There are many jobs that do not - for example, working as an accountant, programmer, engineer, designer, or financial analyst.

Get your resume and cover letter reviewed

Even if you can't speak well enough to impress your interviewers, try to show that your writing isn't so bad. Have your career center staff or English tutor review your resume, cover letter, your thank-you letter, and any written material that might help you make a good impression.

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