Why should I add my language skills at all? 

On Graduateland we aim at only delivering highly relevant jobs for you. Since all of our jobs normally have at least one required language we always match them up with users who meet these language requirements. So if you haven't added any language skills you'll miss out on a lot of job opportunities where you could be a qualified candidate. 

Another good reason to add all your language skills is that companies use Graduateland LIVE on a daily basis to look for talents that are online right now. The most common filter that they add to their search is the language filter. This means if you've added the language skills that they're actively looking for at the moment you'll pop up in their search. 

Select the accurate language level

When you add your language skills it's important that you enter the accurate level. Although it might be tempting to add a level that is a bit higher than what you actually have, please don't. The recruiter will notice at some point and then it's a waste of time for both you (writing the application) and the recruiter.  

Our 4 language levels are: 

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Professional
  • Native

Below you can read the different definitions of the language levels. (The level definitions are to a certain extent aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR))

1. Basic

  • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

2. Intermediate

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

3. Professional

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

4. Native

  • Is the language that a person has been exposed to since birth. This can include bilingual language as well.


Did you previously set your language level on Graduateland? 

If you've already specified your language level on Graduateland before March 2018 be aware that we've simplified the level structure by removing one level. This means that we've automatically have converted you language level settings into our new structure. 

Below you can see what the earlier language levels were converted to:

  • Elementary proficiency > Basic
  • Limited working proficiency > Basic
  • Professional working proficiency > Intermediate
  • Full professional proficiency > Professional
  • Native > Native