New Careers for BI-LINGUAL Candidates with Northwest Service Companies!

New Careers for BI-LINGUAL Candidates with Northwest Service Companies!

by Guest Author | June 2, 2016

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BilingualWhether its parlez-vous francais, or habla espanol, many Pacific Northwest companies are looking for more bi or multi- lingual employees than ever before.   In fact, the Pacific Northwest is a particularly hot market for employees with bilingual skills,  driven by the growing number of local employers doing business globally and/or catering to specific populations of people more comfortable speaking their native tongue.

PACE has added several new employers to our customer NETWORK based on their growing need for bilingual employees.

One of our new customers for example, is creating a 50 person call center devoted exclusively to servicing customers locally and in other parts of the country with specialized language and cultural sensitivity requirements.   This client has been hiring employees who are fluent not just in English but a variety of specialized languages such as:

  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Cantonese
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • Tagalog

This is not an uncommon staffing requirement.

Most of our customers who need employees fluent in a second (or third) language also require them to speak fluent English. 

While Spanish has historically been the language du jour for two-language employees, today’s bilingual workers are considerably more linguistically and culturally diverse.  In addition to the languages listed above, we regularly look for people who speak:

  • Spanish
  • Nepali
  • Amharic
  • Mandarin
Finding these sought after bilingual job candidates requires our recruiters to go well outside traditional recruiting venues to find the “hard to find”.   

Our recruiting team, for example, has a mission to build long-term relationships with the right community organizations, churches and other places where cultural identity is strong.

And just because a candidate has the right language skills, does not mean they have the other skills necessary to do the jobs we are recruiting them for.

The ability to deliver customer service, for example, requires a specific personality and skill profile in addition to the language requirement.   For bilingual recruiting you have to be able to screen on many dimensions of performance, not just language skills.

For many employers, using a third party recruiting organization, like the PACE Staffing Network, has been key to the success of their internal recruiting programs.   

Because we are “always recruiting” we are often able to deliver the specific candidates needed when internal resources have already been tapped.  Our clients can either hire our candidates direct or use our popular temp-to-hire staffing model, to bring them on for an auditioning period.

Many of our bi lingual call center customers use our temp-to-hire staffing model not just to expand their internal recruiting resources,  but also to take  advantage of the  “try before you buy” staffing solution.

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If you’d like to learn more about our current bilingual, multi cultural recruiting projects and to get alerts on specific bilingual candidates, contact us at infodesk@pacestaffing.com or call us at 425-637-3312.

 

 

 


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