Companies hire bilingual employees to:
- Foster diversity in the workplace
- Communicate with clients and partners in other countries
- Produce written material (e.g. manuals or web content) for global use
Recruiters may find bilingual candidates by contacting:
- Translation services firms
- College career services offices
- Organizations that cater to immigrants
- Leaders of meetups or other events for expats
You can also source through social media to identify bilingual or native speakers and advertise your openings (e.g. to a relevant Facebook group.) Targeted Boolean search strings will also help you find online resumes of candidates native in more than one language.
For European candidates, please refer to guidance on using social media for recruiting and collecting candidate information as per the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
To craft an effective recruiting email to bilingual candidates, make sure to:
- Explain how you found them and why you contacted them
- Briefly describe the open role
- Include benefits that come with the position (e.g. training, college tuition assistance, travel reimbursement)
As with all sourcing emails to passive candidates, make sure you provide relevant information (e.g. your name, company and contact information) and a clear call to action. And if this is an EU candidate, make sure to include a link to your privacy notice as the GDPR requires.
Subject line: [Company_name] is looking for a [job_title] / Interested in joining our team at [Company_name]?
I am [your_name], [your job_title] at [Company_name].
I found your profile on [add specific website or social network] / I got your resume through [e.g. community or college] and I was impressed with your background. [It’s best to include a specific achievement that grabbed your attention.]
Here, at [Company_name], we are always looking to foster a multicultural work environment and currently, we have an opening for a [job_title – add link to the job description.] We are looking for someone who’ll [e.g. act as our company representative for our global clients / create engaging online content to attract global clients / support our international customer base.]
Your language skills along with your [e.g. customer service] experience would be great assets to our team. [Mention benefits and perks that you offer, e.g. “Our benefits package includes college tuition assistance for you and your family members.” or “We offer daily meals with diverse food cuisines and organize regular in-house events for our expats.”]
I’d like to tell you a little more about this position and learn a few things about you, as well.
Are you available [include date and time or a period of time, e.g. “sometime this week”]? If so, I’d be happy to set up a call. I’m also happy to coordinate via email or LinkedIn, if you prefer.
I hope you have a great day,
Related: How to source passive candidates