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Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Interview Tips For Those Of Us Ready To Be A Jefa

There are few things as nerve-wracking as interviewing for a new job. The job hunt can be really stressful and the uncertainty of it can make the process even more difficult. However, we can’t deny how invigorating it feels when you get that job you’ve been aiming for. With this in mind, we wanted to gather some of the best interview advice our readers had so they can help their fellow Latinas get those jobs and start getting that bread. 

Here’s what they had to say about the interview process.  

 1. A thank you goes a long way. 

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“One day I interviewed 15 young ladies, 1 Latina on her way out handed me a thank you card!!!!! Never have I seen that. The card just hand written “thank you for taking the time to interview me“ her full name and number! I was impressed!” — @luciernaga825

2. Do a little research of your own.

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“Look up the company’s website and do your research! Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t do this before an interview. Get to know their history, products, etc. It helps in so many ways.” — @saidagua

3. Great advice from an HR expert. 

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“HR here- have someone knowledgeable of the company. Ask questions such as what does the training consist of? Other than the job requirements? What does the department manager look for in a candidate? What are the primary/daily tasks of the position? Why is there a vacancy? Who provides support to your position? Be confident, but not fake. Interviewers, believe it or not, can sense the BS from the get-go. Dress well and professional. Even if you are going to interview for a fast-food job or a cashier position, put on your best. It reflects well.” — @natadlcz

4. Confidence is the key.

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“Confidence but not overly confident – Bring a copy of your resume on resume paper- smile- short and concise answers – ask questions – arrive 15 mins early.” — @makeup_duchess

5. Don’t overlook the receptionist. 

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“Be nice to the receptionist! We always compare notes after the interviews to see if we got the same vibe.” — @gabyseeeta

6. You can never be too prepared. 

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“Come PREPARED! That means researching the place you’re interviewing at! Bring copies of your resume and carry a padfolio! Also, dress the part! Buy a suit if possible. There are always sales at outlet stores. And also PRACTICE! It’s obvious when someone hasn’t practiced before the interview. Visit the career center at your school if you’re in college, or look up YouTube videos. Practice with a friend or in the mirror! You can never be over-prepared!” — @getitgens

7. A whole treasure trove of advice. 

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“HR professional here! Some tips: come prepared with knowledge of the company and the position you applied to. Don’t be negative about previous bosses or workplaces (this happens so often and it’s usually when you get too comfortable in interviews). We are analyzing your answers, tone and body language. Be conscious of this the entire time! Come prepared with questions relevant to the role/company (I suggest writing them down the night before and bringing them with you) but don’t just google what questions to ask. Really think about what you’d want to know and how the job will impact you/your growth/quality of life. Being well-groomed is a no brainer – always dress professionally! Lastly, start looking up common interview questions online (I like the website The Muse for career advice) and start thinking about how you’d answer them by recalling different scenarios you’ve been in such as a disagreement with a coworker, a difficult project, a challenging boss, etc. Most importantly, be yourself!” — @danielaotto

8. Personal grooming makes an impact.

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“This might sound shallow but NAILS !!! 💅🏼Coming in with cracked nail polish or dirty fingernails tells a lot about how you carry yourself :/ I’ve personally been pushed in another direction when I’ve seen this and I’ve even seen others disqualify candidates due to this. They don’t need to be French tip acrylics but at least cut and clean!” — @marlenahhh

9. How will you contribute to the team? 

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“When I conduct interviews I like to use the behavioral method style, I ask questions that lets me in on the person you are & how you handle situations. Make sure you have questions to ask & how you will contribute to the team/ company, but most importantly why we should hire you, what is it about you! Relax, be yourself & good luck to all my hermanas out there!💗” — @ra_nay

10. Follow up with your thanks. 

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“Always, always, always send a post-interview thank you email!” — @cruzzie02

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Don’t Tell White Supremacists, But Latinos Are Going To Drive Most Of The US Economic Growth

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Don’t Tell White Supremacists, But Latinos Are Going To Drive Most Of The US Economic Growth

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If it hasn’t already been apparent that Latinos are a big force in the U.S. economy, a new study argues that the group is the future for gross domestic product (GDP) growth. According to the Latino Donor Collective U.S. Latino GDP Report, which was prepared by California Lutheran University, the study says the economic contribution of the U.S. Latino community will become increasingly vital moving forward to the economy.

The study says that the GDP among U.S. Latinos made huge leaps within the last decade, up from $1.7 trillion in 2010 to $2.3 trillion in 2017. On a compounded annual basis, that’s the third-highest growth rate among all global economies in that period. GDP among Latinos also grew at a faster rate than the overall U.S. economy during those eight years. This can be mainly attributed to high labor-force participation, large population growth and increasing consumer spending.

The reports highlight the strides and economic growth that Latinos have had in recent years. More importantly, it makes the argument of how vital this population group will be to continue moving the U.S. economy as a whole. “Latinos currently are and will increasingly become a critical foundation of support for the new American economy,” the study says.

It’s no surprise as the Latino population has made an immense impact on the U.S. as a whole in the last decade, whether its through education, socially and now economically.  

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The study, which was released last month in concurrence with the L’Attitude conference in San Diego hosted by The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, argues why these advancements are now finally being seen by Latinos. This generation of Latinos is expected to make some of the biggest contributions in the coming decades due to being well-positioned than previous generations. 

During previous waves, most notably the during the ’50s and ’60s, U.S. Latinos were more likely to be immigrants who worked in low-wage jobs in positions like agriculture and construction, according to David Hayes-Bautista, director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA and an author of the study. Now, as the population group has settled in and has made social advancements, the Latino workforce is expected to be very different.

As these generational gaps increase, so does the median age of Latinos in the U.S. which is currently 46 years old. While on the other hand, their children’s median age stands at 19. This essentially means that this forthcoming Latino demographic is set to enter a workforce more prepared, whether financially or educationally, than any previous one. That can be attributed to having access to better schools and being native English speakers. Latinos have also made huge leaps in the last decade when it comes to getting a bachelor’s degree as the number increased by 51% from 2010 to 2017, while the non-Latino educated population grew by 21 percent. 

“Given robust population growth, high labor force participation, rising incomes, and strong increases in educational attainment, we expect the significant growth premium enjoyed by U.S. Latinos to be maintained in the years ahead,” said Matthew Fienup, executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University and one of the authors of the study. 

One thing is for sure, any success that the U.S. economy is going to have in the near future can be attributed to the advancements of Latinos as well.

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Latinos are contributing economically now more than ever and this growth will only continue as the population does. The Latino population in the U.S. is growing rapidly, which in return has increased the group’s economic role in the country. Between 2008 and 2018, the Latino share of the entire U.S. population grew from 16 percent to 18 percent. Latinos also accounted for about half (52 percent) of all U.S. population growth over this decade. 

With a bigger population group that also means more people at work. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates than Latinos will account for an additional 30 million workers that will enter the U.S. labor force by 2060.  

This is all amounting to even more growth, socially and economically, when it comes to U.S. Latinos. We can only imagine what impact the next generation of Latinos will have on this country and the strides our people will have along the way. 

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As Forever 21 Files For Bankruptcy, Some People Believe The Company Got What They Deserved

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As Forever 21 Files For Bankruptcy, Some People Believe The Company Got What They Deserved

On Sunday, millennial fast-fashion giant Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy, causing a stir among shoppers who have long relied on the store for cheap and fashionable clothing. The move comes at a time when brick-and-mortar retail businesses everywhere are struggling and the bankruptcy is just proof of the shifting ways people shop.

Forever 21 was founded in 1984 in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and quickly became the go-to spot young women went to for trendy items at affordable prices. Forever 21 spearheaded the wave of giant “fast fashion” retailers like Zara and H&M. These retailers revolutionized the fashion industry by making apparel that was previously only available to fashion insiders available to middle-class women. The shop was a staple at virtually every suburban mall. 

But with the ubiquity of the internet, young customers no longer went to the mall for a dose of retail therapy–they went online. 

According to Forever 21, the chain will likely be closing 178 stores in the near future and will exit completely from Asian and European markets. Countless articles have been written about the rise of fashion-forward online retailers like ASOS and Fashion Nova and the subsequent decline of brick-and-mortar stores like Forever 21. It’s also worth mentioning that e-commerce giant Amazon has now entered the fray as a viable place for young women to buy clothes online. In other words, the competition is fierce. Forever 21 isn’t the only fast-fashion store that has faced problems in recent years: in 2015, popular retailer Deb shut its doors permanently, followed by Wet Seal in 2017.

While the popular retail chain is beloved by many young women on a budget, not everyone is mourning the loss of these locations. 

Along with the Forever 21’s immense popularity and success has come waves of criticism–much of which has come to a head in recent years. The rise of social media has given a voice and a platform to previously voiceless critics who viewed Forever 21 as a major problem. In recent years, Forever 21 has fought off scandals involving unethical labor practices, problematic and offensive designs, and recently, an incident involving the company giving diet bar samples to plus-size customers. 

Not to mention, Forever 21 part of the major environmental problems that clothing retailers are creating for the planet. Some studies indicate that the apparel industry accounts for over 8% of the “global climate impact” of carbon emissions. That is “greater than all international airline flights and maritime shipping trips combined”. For many people, Forever 21 was emblematic of face-less soul-less corporations that manipulate unknowing customers for cash and wreak havoc on the ecosystem while they’re doing it. For some people, Forever 21’s bankruptcy feels like just desserts.

Along with other early 2000s-era fashion giants (like Victoria’s Secret), it’s been hard for Forever 21 to keep with the times. 

Many people believe that Forever 21 will have to completely overhaul their approach to marketing if they want to retain old customers while building a new client base. As the tides change, millennial and Gen-Z consumers are no longer want to give money to ethically dubious and environmentally irresponsible organizations. These days, young people prefer the companies they frequent to promote messages they believe in, like sustainability, body-positivity, and inclusivity. In an era when wokeness is a social currency, companies that promote a social agenda–like Third Love and Madewell–have become popular.

As for consumers’ reactions to Forever 21 filing for bankruptcy, Twitter provides a peek into everyone’s thoughts on the matter.

As is expected, the reactions run the spectrum to sadness at their favorite store being closed, to elation at the shuttering of a controversial retailer. With any polarizing landmark in pop culture comes a lot of people ready to voice their opinions.

This woman was sad that her go-to store for cheap staples is going out of business:

Forever 21 practically invented the term “ballin’ on a budget”. Now, it’s going to be harder for lower-income women to dress themselves fashionably in the same manner as before. 

This Twitter user made a decent point about Forever 21’s hit-or-miss clothes:

We’ve all been browsing the racks of Forever 21 and thought to ourselves: who greenlit this design?

This plus-sized Twitter user has mixed feelings about Forever 21’s bankruptcy filing:

It’s true that (for good or bad) Forever 21 has been at the forefront of industry changes–like paying more attention to plus-sized customers, for one. Even if they’ve had some very public missteps.