Today not only is the job market uncertain, but with the ever increasing cost of living negotiating a higher pay rate means that you must have additional skills that set you apart from other candidates. Why do you deserve $5,000-$10,00 more than their initial offer? A company could easily hire an individual who meets the minimum requirements and continue on with operations.
When looking for a new job it’s usually for one of the following reasons, you just finished school, you were just laid off, or you desire to increase your income. It is typically a self-centered reason as to why, and there is nothing wrong with that. But, as an onboarding employee, what do you have to offer?
When reviewing a job description most of us look at the location, salary, schedule, thus followed by benefits being offered. All in that order. The perks. An exceptional company is going to want to offer its employees the most it can to get better workers, and to lessen the turnover rate.
In order to obtain the most out of any employer-employee relationship, the benefits must be mutual. So, now ask yourself this, “Why would this company want to hire me?” Then ask, “What do I have to offer this company that will make my resume and interview stand out enough to dismiss the other candidates?”
One of the ways to stand out against the crowd is by learning a second language. Including that you speak French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, German, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish opens up doors that others may not have.
Research has shown that bilingual employees can earn between 5% and 20% more money per hour than those who speak only one language.
Those who come from bilingual or even trilingual families are already ahead, but oftentimes most do not use this to their advantage by looking for higher paying jobs.
Today, learning a new language is as easy as turning to YouTube, or downloading an app. For many years the software company Rosetta Stone was the leader in language learning technology, but as smartphones became more prevalent the development of language teaching apps increased.
Babbel, is a German subscription-based language learning app and e-learning platform, available in various languages since January 2008. “The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology.” – Babbel.com
Babbel has been the top bestselling language learning app for a reason. The more that you use your brain to learn new skills, the more your brain’s functions work. And, when it comes to employment the more brainpower you have, the more of an asset you are.
K. Crystal Carter is a cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast who is originally from Oakland, California. She has 7.5 years of experience in the financial industry, and 6 years of being a cannabis hydroponics grow director and cannabis advocate at local City Hall meetings. She currently resides in Las Vegas as one of the lead Earthy Realist team members.