Saludos Hispanos

Many companies and organizations now offer customer service representatives, telephone assistance and printed information in Spanish and other languages. This can be found in government, telecommunications, banking, public utilities, non-profits and other such entities. Bilingual opportunities are also good in areas like management, marketing, manufacturing, computers and technology, criminal justice and law enforcement, corrections, education, government agencies and many other fields. The need for bilingual employees is growing all across the nation, as the Latino population disperses into more areas in the South and MidWest, but demand remains especially intense in areas like California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York, Illinois and other areas with a high Hispanic population. Diversity and inclusion is important in our society. Not because of things like diversity initiatives, quotas and equal opportunity standards, today diversity is a key to success for any organization. To be effective, the employee population must be representative of our diverse society. Inclusive marketing is the future. It is estimated that by 2050, one in three people in the U.S. will speak Spanish (this data includes bilingual people who also speak English). Being bilingual and bicultural gives one the ability to see things from a different angle. It can also encourage analytical thinking, originality, innovation and can help provide better service. The ability to understand and bridge different cultural views is another invaluable asset. Without a doubt, these skills give you an edge over the competition. All of these unique assets can help to support employer goals. Don’t be shy about telling employers that you have this valuable skill. It should be prominent on your resume and on your cover letter as well. If you used your bilingual skills on your last job, explain how it was used and how it was effective. The ability to speak and write fluently is best, but if you are conversational or speak “some Spanish” that is also worth mentioning. Search for jobs on the niche site connecting bilingual Hispanic jobseekers with the employees seeking them out.