4 Career-Building Strategies for Latinos to Help You Land a Job Amid the Pandemic
Latinos and Hispanics are among the most heavily impacted by the global pandemic in the country. A career coach shared how to get a job easily.
The economic impact of the global pandemic varies by industry, geography, and ethnicity. But it cannot be denied that Latinos and Hispanics in the U.S. are among the heavily impacted minority groups.
There is no actual data yet that will tell us how many of them are still unemployed, or how many many already have jobs after the country reopens the economy.
According to the 2020 American Family Survey, around 53 percent of Hispanic respondents reported that they changed their career since the pandemic began while 41 percent reported that their income declined due to the effect of the pandemic.
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Here are some of her advice on how to rebuild careers and reinvent futures:
1. Take Credit for Accomplishments
Castrillon said that it would be quite awkward for some people applying for a job to tell their accomplishments. Some might feel it is too arrogant to share what they have contributed to their previous jobs. But employers expect that applicants will openly share their accomplishments.
"Remember, this is your time to shine. Don't be shy. Share what your individual contributions were and quantify the results. If you don't do a good job of highlighting your achievements, employers will assume that you don't have anything significant to discuss," Castrillon shared.
2. Understand Cultural Nuances
Castrillon explained, "While the family is at the center of Hispanic culture, there are many legal issues employers can't bring up first in an interview. If the interviewee mentions a spouse or children, the interviewer can follow up on it, but they are generally bound by law not to ask first. "
Remember not to get discouraged if the employer or the interviewer is quite impersonal about your culture and family background.
But this does not mean that employers or interviewers who do not ask about it are not rude. There might be follow up questions about your status in the country in the next interview.
3. Use community and Cultural Connections
As a member of the Latino and Hispanic community, it is important that you need to establish a connection in well-known organizations.
This might help you in looking for a job and building your career. Some of these are the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce among others.
4. Know Your Goals
One of the biggest mistakes that applicants do this time is applying for all available jobs. Castrillon suggested that job applicants should focus on quality over quantity when seeking roles. She also added to develop the type of companies and roles to target then pursue it methodically.
One of the best ways also is to develop measurable goals such as sending out a certain number of resumes daily or researching a certain amount of companies each month.
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