Growing businesses often need to hire candidates in different locations. When this occurs, the company will likely need to place job adverts in different languages and receive resumes in multiple languages.
To process these resumes and candidate applications quickly and accurately, a business requires parsing software that can understand and parse data from multiple languages - a multilingual resume parser. Additionally, multilingual resume parsing software can help companies expand into new markets and increase their access to multilingual candidates.
What is a multilingual resume parser?
A multilingual resume parser is a resume parser that can extract a candidate's professional skills, work experience, education history, contact details, and achievements from their resume in multiple languages.
Ideally, a multilingual resume parser should be able to detect which language a resume is written in without having to be told and should be able to deal with a wide range of languages with the same level of accuracy.
Why do businesses need multilingual resume parsing software?
A business can have various needs for multilingual resume parsing software, with the main being a need to extract and organise the resumes it receives onto its local database. A company's recruiters or talent acquisition teams can utilise these resumes to fill their available jobs.
What differentiates a company’s need for a multilingual resume parser compared to a single language parser, is if it receives job and candidate data in more than one language.
Multilingual resume software also allows global companies to have a single resume processing solution that can be used by all its departments worldwide, without each country or region needing to find its own language-dependent solution.
Here are some of the other benefits multilingual resume parsing software can bring:
Opportunities to expand into new markets
Being able to process resumes in different languages opens up the possibility of expanding a recruitment business into new markets or regions. For example, a recruitment business with a multilingual parsing solution that specialises in sourcing English-speaking candidates to work in the US could now be in a position to help with sourcing Spanish-speaking personnel to work in the Gulf of Mexico for the same client.
Or, if a company plans to open a new office in a new location, for example, Spain, and needs to hire Spanish-speaking staff in that region, multilingual parsing software will help them process local candidate resumes and source local talent.
Increased competitiveness and access to multilingual candidates
As globalisation has increased, so has the demand for multilingual candidates, but businesses can struggle to find bilingual talent. According to a survey of 1200 managers and human resources professionals familiar with their organisations' foreign language needs, US employers are losing business opportunities because they can’t find employees who can communicate in languages other than English.
In the modern business world, it is increasingly common for business people to speak more than one language to a high level of proficiency. Just because a vacancy requires an English (or German or Japanese) speaking candidate does not mean the candidate's resume must be written in that language.
For example, it's possible that a German or Japanese engineer could speak perfect English and have exactly the skills and experience required for a job but post a copy of their resume online in their own language. Being able to process multilingual resumes means a business has access to a broader pool of potential candidates and can fill more positions where bilingual candidates are required.
Ultimately, the success of a recruitment business depends on the ability to deliver quality candidates to their clients, resulting in successful placements. A recruiter's ability to do this often depends on them having access to as wide a pool of candidates as possible while ensuring that the candidates they source meet job requirements.
More efficient cross-region recruitment
As well as recruitment businesses, multilingual resume parsing software can be used by companies that manage their recruitment internally. These companies face the same challenges as recruitment agencies – high resume volumes and limited resources combined with an urgent need to find high-quality candidates.
In addition, they often face the further challenge of trying to recruit locally in different languages, which can result in duplication of effort across regional offices.
Having a single parsing solution that all offices can use, even if they are operating in several different languages, reduces software costs and improves hiring efficiency. Resumes received by one office for a particular job will be available for use by all offices – meaning candidates not placed for the original job are available for consideration for other jobs across all other locations.
Choose the right parsing software for your business
Now that you know some of the benefits a multilingual resume parser can bring to your business, you may be looking for more information about resume parsing and how you can choose the right parsing solution for your business. If either of these is the case, we have two resources that you'll find useful:
The Ultimate Guide to CV/Resume Parsing covers everything you need to know about resume parsing. Inside, we look deeper at how a high-quality resume parser can help streamline your recruitment processes.
The second resource, How to Choose a CV/Resume Parser, takes you through what you need to consider when selecting a parser for your business, so you can be confident you're making the right choice. You can download the guide here.