Resume Tip: Language Skills Section

Thank you in different languagesLanguage skills are a valued commodity for many companies and should be included on a resume. With languages, you can create a section dedicated to that function, or you can include it in an overall “Skills” section.

If you include a language on your resume, you need to be proficient in it. If you can speak the language but not read or write it, specify your actual abilities with that language, possibly by listing different comprehension levels.

Additional tips:
If your native language is English and live in the United States, please do not include that as a language skill.  If you are from the United States but are seeking employment in a global location, you can list English as a language skill.  If you are from a location that does not speak English as a native language, please include English as a language skill.

Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (

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