In which language should you write your CV?

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Published on 18/09/2023, by Maëlle Pinto

To get off to a good start in the new school year, you have decided to conquer the multicultural job market. And for that, there is nothing like updating your beloved CV.

The only problem is that you don't know what language to write it in... Here are a few tips that should help you to adapt as well as possible.

We will take the example of Luxembourg where the three official languages are French, German and Luxembourgish. It is not always easy to adapt your CV to all of them. To do this, there are a few signs that do not deceive:

1. Find out about the company

By going to the official website of a company, you can already find out the official language spoken every day by the employees. Often, companies with customers abroad have their websites in several languages. Have fun clicking on this tab to discover the languages spoken by potential stakeholders in the company's ecosystem. You can also learn a lot by looking at the company's history. For example, at Ferrero Luxembourg, Italian -the historical language of the company- is considered a plus, but you can still send your CV in English, as it is an international company!

2. Consult the company's job offers

In the human resources/career section, you can again find out the host language, but also consult the languages required in each job offer.

3. Read the whole advert

You may be required to work in geographical areas abroad. Here, some language skills may be essential. Be sure to read the content of the "Mission" section, not just the "Profile sought" section. Let's take the example of a French salesman who has to work for German clients who are present on the Italian market. Mastering both would be a plus and reading the ad between the lines even more so! 😊

And if you need help with your CV, don't hesitate to consult this following article: "how to create a perfect CV in 15 minutes".

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