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Article:

Job Postings: What They Say vs. What They Mean

"Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply"

Believe it or not, the majority of jobs that advertise this fail to, a) specify what the other language should be; and b) offer any real encouragement (as in pay more money, not lip service).

Heaven help the Swahili speaker that was "encouraged" to apply for a position that recruiter failed to communicate, in any language, requires fluency in Spanish.

Now, what is it English speakers say about what happens when you assume?