Exports mean jobs, in any language

  • Article by: DEE DePASS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2012 - 3:18 PM

Overseas business is creating opportunities in Minnesota. But finding bilingual workers with the right skills is a challenge.

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familiazayasApr. 15, 12 9:19 PM

I find issue with this statement: "But many small and medium-size companies complain that it's difficult to find workers who are bilingual or skilled in just the right areas of international marketing, law, transit or engineering." As a bilingual person (fluent in English and Spanish) who holds a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences and a law degree, I have enough credibility to comment on the employability of people like me in Minnesota. I've tried to find a job here for the last three years, and I've had zero luck. Actually, I'm under the impression that my Hispanic background is detrimental to my job prospects. These small and medium-sized companies should stop complaining, and start asking their HR departments why they tossed my job applications in the garbage.

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jameschan6Apr. 16, 12 9:27 AM

I fully agree that exporting creates jobs and U.S. companies must beef up their investments in hiring people to help push export sales. I also fully understand the comment made by "familiazayas" . In 1981, I was hired by a U.S. company in New York just like Ms. Xian in the article to open up the Chinese and Asian markets. We were successful. Some 32 years later, I'm still engaged in developing export sales for companies. On the other hand, I can confirm that the majority of small and midsize companies in America are fearful of exporting. They want instant success, which is often not possible. They don't want to invest in manpower. They don't have the patience to build long-term business relations. "familiazayas": Don't give up. Persevere and you will find the right company. It will take some time for America to be an export-oriented country like Germany, Japan, or China. James Chan, Ph.D.

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