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A resume is crucial on job hunting. Even more, when the fluency in foreign languages is required for some jobs. Language skills on a resume could be required or desirable in candidates, so this is the proper way in which you should show them. If you include this section on your resume, you could increase your job opportunities.

Here, we provide you some useful tips for the language skills section of your resume. First, at the top of your resume, you could include your language skills in the Qualifications Summary. Then, you could add apart your Language Skills section. After that, it is recommendable to give more information about special schooling in English in case of foreign students and the certifications obtained. Remember to be sincere describing your language skills. Avoid exaggerating because they could ask you to pass some tests.

In some cases, you shouldn't add the Language Skills section on your resume. Avoid including information on your resume that shows that you "have familiarity with" or "have knowledge of" some language. Sometimes your language skill level couldn't improve your candidacy because you are not fluent in some language. Also, you shouldn't write that you are fluent in both oral and written. In this case, it is expected that being fluent means that you can read, speak and write it as well.

The following terms will help you to denominate your language ability:

  • Native: this term is the appropriate if you grew up talking a language.
  • Fluent: use this designation in case that you can almost hold any conversation. Another indicative related to fluency is about the ability to know how to use idioms, figures of speech, recognize dialects and regional accents.
  • Proficient: this term is used to indicate that you have enhanced skills in conversation. You have greater mastery of the verb tenses and well structured sentences. Maybe your vocabulary is not wide at all or you still require a translation dictionary.
  • Conversational: you can use this designation to indicate that you have a basic knowledge of languages. You are able to talk about weather, clothing, sports, music, etc. The conversational ability could be learned on high school for one or two years.
Now, we will provide you some directions in order to create your Language section. First of all, you should create the "Language Skills" section on your resume. You can put this title in bold in order to make it highlight. This section should be after the Education section on your resume. Here, you could describe your abilities of listening, speaking and reading. After, you should mention the language that you are fluent in the first place incorporating your proficiency level. Afterwards, you should make a list of the rest of foreign languages in which you are expert. You could mention the terms displayed before (native, fluent, proficient, conversational) depending on your abilities.

This is an example to describe your abilities:

  • Fluent in English, French (native tongue) and Italian.
  • Excellent interpreter in written and verbal translations.
  • TOEFL scores with a CBT 277 equivalent to a PBT 647.

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