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Tips for Bilingual Job Seekers

Tips and advice for bilingual job seekers including bilingual employment opportunities, jobs for Spanish speaking candidates, and employment resources for bilingual job applicants.
  1. Bilingual Jobs (9)
  2. Interview Tips for Non-Native English Speakers (6)
  3. Spanish Employment Applications (8)
  4. Working the US

Authorization to Work in the US
There are several categories of foreign workers (non-American citizens or permanent residents) permitted to work in the United States including permanent immigrant workers, temporary (non-immigrant) workers, and student and exchange workers.

Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Spanish
Some state unemployment offices provide an option for unemployed workers to apply for unemployment in Spanish as well as in English. Spanish speaking workers may be able to apply for unemployment benefits in Spanish online, via the telephone, by mail or fax, and in some locations in-person.

How to Get a Permit to Work in the US
If an individual is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States they will need a permit to work, officially known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), to prove eligibility to work in the US. Here's information on how to get a US EAD (work permit).

How to Get a Social Security Number
Foreign nationals who are not American citizens or lawful permanent residents of the US need work visas, as well as a permit to work, officially known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), in order to work in the USA. Here's information on visa requirements and applications.

Learn ESL: How to Write a Cover Letter
Writing a solid cover letter is important when looking for a job, especially when English is your second language. Watch this how-to video from About.com to see instructions for doing it on your own.

Learn ESL: How to Write a Letter of Inquiry
Writing a letter of inquiry is a great step to take towards getting a new job, as long as it's done correctly. This video from About.com will explain how to write a letter of inquiry.

Bilingual Jobs
How to search for bilingual Spanish jobs, including using the job search engines, companies that encourage bilingual applicants, and online Spanish employment applications.

Linkedin - Español
LinkedIn la red profesional líder está disponible en español. Job seekers use professional networking site LinkedIn for networking, job searching, company research, and connecting with other individuals and companies. LinkedIn is available in Spanish (en Español) as well as in a selection of other languages.

Linkedin Languages
LinkedIn is the leading professional networking site and it is available in a selection of languages including español, français, italiano, deutsch, português, and english. Here's how to select a language to use on on LinkedIn.

Spanish Job Applications
Some US employers, including Walmart, Marriott, Home Depot, and others provide job applications in Spanish and encourage bilingual applicants to apply. Here are tips for finding and completing Spanish job applications.

Timesheet App
The Department of Labor Timesheet app gives iPhone and iPod Touch-equipped workers a simple way to keep track of hours worked. The app is available in Spanish as well as in English.

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