Assuming I'm applying to a position in an English-speaking country, is it really relevant to list English within the languages section?

So far I had done so, but now thinking, it may be quite pointless as they are going to check the writing while reading the resume, and the speaking-listening during a phone interview.

  • Also assuming you are from a country where English is the dominant language and that everybody knows you have been born there and are no member of a minority that speaks a different language?
    – CMW
    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:11
  • @CMW No of course, I think it was clear I'm not a native speaker.
    – user8137
    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:42
  • In that case I think it is particularly imporant that you give some expectation of your level of english skills. Otherwise, how could a recruiter tell, if you actually speak the language, let alone at what level, without taking the time for an interview?
    – CMW
    Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52

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I don't see any harm in putting a section that reads:

Languages: English (fluent), French (fluent: spoken, somewhat fluent: written), Spanish (fluent), Klingon (fluent), ...

Even if the resume is written in one of the listed languages.

It probably will only be really important for situations where you may be expected to work with people who speak other languages, and I would hope that such expectations are obvious in any job posting you are applying to.


I've generally assumed that if I'm reading a resume written in a language, that the applicant can speak that language. That's not the same thing as "we are both local to the same area, therefore we speak the same language" - as that may be true in the US, but I'm not so sure it applies globally.

I'd go so far as to say if you are getting a resume translated into another language, it would be good to mention that this resume is a translation, because the reader would likely assume that the resume is your own work.

I've assumed in most cases, any "language" section would reflect languages other than the resume language.

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