Bilingual in Spanish and English: A Distinguished Job Applicant

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¿Comprende lo que esto significa? If your answer to, “Do you understand what this means?” is “no,” then your résumé, similar to many other non-Spanish speaking Americans just became less competitive. In time of economic hardships where the United States has “an unemployment rate above 7.8 percent,” the ability to distinguish oneself in the job market is a non-negotiable (Scherer). With an exponential increase in the Latino populace, the American workforce has been impacted profoundly. While one may feel certain that the ability to speak English in America, in conjunction with one’s education and work experience, will suffice in distinguishing oneself in the job market, this essay will argue that an English speaking monoglot is far less …show more content…
This prompts the students to be taught both English and Spanish simultaneously at an early age, placing them at a social and eventually economical advantage against their monolingual peers.
As a potential employee, employers look at what differentiates one applicant from another. Possessing the ability to speak Spanish and English in the United States, a country where the Latino population is growing exponentially, creates a plethora of opportunities in the workforce. A critical benefit of being bilingual in this country is the breaking of the language barrier because “more than 71 percent of companies employ people whose native language is not English” (Vazquez). This current statistic is fairly high and is likely to increase with the increasing Latino populace. Being bilingual in Spanish and in English in the American workforce has many benefits that will help one snag a job over one who is monolingual in English. Speaking Spanish will allow one to better comprehend the English language. Because English has a Latin origin along with Spanish, learning to speak Spanish will help one have a better understanding of the English language (The). In addition, Spanish and English both share Indo-European roots so the grammar of the two languages are very similar (Languages). This will aid

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