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Your Office Might be Boring, Unless there are Some Latinos, Here’s Why

Working in an office with where the majority of employees are Latinos is… kind of the best work environment imaginable. With mariachis in the office, jokes you can finally tell in Spanish and the food, work feels more like a cousin’s birthday party than actual work because…

It Starts with the Saludo

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You can’t get away with running to your desk and pretending you don’t see everyone…that’ll get you the death stare, like the one mom gave you when you didn’t say hi to aaaall your tías y tíos.

…Y Se Saluda de Beso

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Waving just doesn’t cut it. You greet your coworkers as you would your Tía Chata.

Like Family Parties, Conference Rooms are Themed

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In this case, the theme is chile. There’s Tapatío, Tajín, Tabasco, Cholula, Valentina, on and on and on…

READ: #GrowingUpHispanic Means VapoRub, Walter Mercado, Chanclas, and So Much Cleaning

The Wall Art is Anything but Standard

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No boring corporate art here.

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Office

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The pantry is just like the one at abuelita’s house.

READ: Tortilla Loving, Salsa Dancing and Other Signs Your Dog Is Latino

So is the Kitchen Cantina

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It doesn’t stop there. Every executive office has a stocked mini bar.

The Smells During Lunchtime are Like…

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Because everyone brings home-cooked meals enchiladas, mofongo, even ceviche. None of that basic sandwich sh*t.

Everyone. Is. So. Loud.

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And this includes carcajadas at all hours of the day because the jokes are nonstop.

You’re Never Sure What Language People are Speaking

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One minute it’s English, then it switches to Spanish, then Spanglish and before the conversation’s over you’re hearing words you never knew existed. Does anyone know what chincual means? ?

Cursing is a Natural Thing

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No one gasps or bleeps you out when you say guey, pinche or ch*ngado, because there really is no replacement for those words.

There’s Always a Reason to Celebrate

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And mariachis in the office are not a rare occurrence.

All-hands Go a Little Something Like This…

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We get PUMPED.

Basically, it’s one big party and we still get sh*t done.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And ‘Roma’ Actress Yalitza Aparicio Are Working On A Project Together

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And ‘Roma’ Actress Yalitza Aparicio Are Working On A Project Together

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Ever since her breakout role in Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has made an effort to support the very domestic workers she played a part in representing on screen. Now the former schoolteacher is taking her role as an activist for domestic workers by fighting for the community. And with her, she’s brought on a major advocate.

In an effort to further the discussion regarding domestic worker’s rights, Aparicio has paired up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

During a meeting set in Washington, D.C. the two women are said to have talked about the rights of domestic workers worldwide.

In a post to their respective social media pages, the two Latinas praised each other for their efforts.

“When you fight for the rights of domestic workers, it’s not only for and by those women, but also so that their children can have a better future.’ These inspiring words from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I will hold forever in my heart,” Aparicio wrote in a post on Wednesday that was written in Spanish. “I had the honor of meeting this strong, talented and brave woman who works day after day to improve the social conditions in her country. Thanks to our meeting, we can listen to each other and share our point of view about the rights of domestic workers.”

In a tweet of her own, AOC described meeting Aparicio as an honor.

“It was an honor to meet you, @YalitzaAparicio,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a reply that was also written in Spanish. “You are an inspiration for women and workers around the world. Thank you for the conversation. Together, we fight for the rights of domestic workers.”

In 2018, Aparicio shot to fame for her role as Cleo in the Spanish-language film “Roma.”

Aparicio played the part of woman working in the household of a middle-class family in Mexico and garnered her much praise. For her role, Aparicio also earned an Oscar nomination. She has since worked to use her platform as a place to elevate the voices of indigenous peoples, domestic workers across the globe and women.

Preparing For A Job Interview Is No Easy Task, So We Asked You For Your Best Advice And Here’s What We Learned

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Preparing For A Job Interview Is No Easy Task, So We Asked You For Your Best Advice And Here’s What We Learned

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Preparing for a job interview takes a lot more than Googling a list of common interview questions. You have to make a great first impression —aka. look amazing, but professional (no wrinkly suits here!), have a great knowledge of the company you’re interviewing at, and its product, and, of course, know exactly how to convey that you’re the perfect fit for the job.

So to help you get prepared, we asked our followers on Instagram what their advice would be to ace a job interview.

 We compiled a list of our all-time best pre-interview tips and tricks from all of you guys. From strategizing about how to tackle the toughest questions to packing your briefcase… to just breathing—Here’s how to make sure you bring your A-game.

It might sound silly, and yes, it’s easier said than done but RELAX

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“Breathe!!!” Andrea (@a.e_a.m), one of our lovely followers wants to remind you that in order to make a good impression, you have to collect yourself. “Being nervous is normal. Think positive, make a good impression, smile, shake hands, at the end of your interview thank them for their time and always ask at least one question… “what does a typical day on the job look like” “what do you like best about working here,” and we couldn’t agree more. 

Dress to impress —and don’t complain about your previous workplace.

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It sometimes may happen that every inch of your being wants to exclaim loudly what a nutjob your horrible boss was at your previous workplace, but you need to figure out a way to talk positively about your bad experience. Come off as too critical, and recruiters won’t want to move forward with your application.  Like Alex Moreno-Nwogu puts it: “First impressions are everything. A firm handshake, good body language, a big smile and being relatable will help 100%! Don’t complain about your situation, or downplay your last position. In the end, thank them for their time and for the opportunity. 2 big factors of denying someone employment is their demeanor. If you act like you are too good for the position, or like you know everything, the interviewer will make the assumption you are not trainable. If you are too relaxed, you will come off as lazy and unreliable. The equal medium of polite, excited and determined is what people like! Iron your clothes, spray some smell good, wear a watch (means you are conscious of time) and go get it!”

Don’t show up empty-handed

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Picture this nightmare: You walk into an interview for your dream job, shake hands with the hiring manager, sit down, and then realize you’ve arrived completely empty-handed. We’re talking no copies of your resume, no pen, and paper for notes—heck, it’s a miracle you remembered to put on deodorant! Unfortunately, your lack of preparation may have just cost you your dream job. 

Lety Legaria said it loud and clear, “Always take extra copies of your resume. The employee may already have it but it’s best to be prepared.” You most likely already submitted your resume when you applied for the job, but don’t assume the interviewer will have a copy of it on hand. Hiring managers get busy and sometimes forget to print out your resume. Why bring multiple copies? You never know how many employees you’re going to be meeting with.

Other helpful things to bring are, business cards, a portfolio or examples of your work and a folder to store everything neatly —it’ll make you look more prepared. 

Be assertive —make eye contact.

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Making the right amount of eye contact in an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully snag a job. According to UCLA professor and researcher Albert Mehrabian, 55 percent of messages processed by the brain are based on a person’s body language. This means that your facial and eye movements are constantly being judged. Nelida Gonzalez said “As cliche as it is, EYE CONTACT! Maintain eye contact as much as you can. An intense eye state distracts from minimal flaws.” Remember: The eyes become the window into your interest level, confidence, and professionalism during an interview. When you establish good eye contact, you’ll feel heard and appear likable.

Ask questions —clarify your own qualifications.

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We got a great tip from @alwaystired13, “One thing I’ve learned is to ask after my interview if there is anything on my resume that is not clear or if they would like some clarification on. Can help clear up doubts on previous experience.” An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your interviewer about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you. And also, why not, ask them if they have any more questions about you!

Look into the STAR method

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Jessica Hernandez shared a piece of wisdom with us, and now we share it with you: “Practice practice practice behavior interview questions (ex/ tell me about a time when…). Have at least three different stories and make sure to use the “STAR method” when telling ur story. It helps with organizing your story and highlighting urself in the best way.” 

If you, like us, are left wondering, “ok, but what is the STAR method?”We got you: It’s a helpful method that provides a simple framework for helping you tell a meaningful story about a previous work experience. So, let’s break down that framework. STAR is an acronym that stands for:

Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate—know your worth. 

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Beatriz Orozco reminded us of a VERY important thing when searching for a job: “Make sure they have an HR! Negotiate, colored applicants are less likely to negotiate than white candidates. KNOW YOUR WORTH.” —louder for the people in the back! It’s no secret that the gender wage gap impacts women of color more acutely – black women make 63 cents to the white man’s dollar and a Hispanic woman stands to lose over $1 million over her 40-year-career compared to her white, non-Hispanic male counterpart. So look after yourself, and don’t settle for anything less than what you, and your skills, are worth. Communicate in a manner that exudes confidence, not arrogance or disrespect, and get that bread!

Send a ‘thank you’ note

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Eve Barrios gave us a pretty good recommendation: “Go old school and send a handwritten note thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.” Typically, as with email, send a separate (and unique) thank you to each member of the employer’s staff who interviewed you. Also send a different thank you to an external recruiter, if one referred you to the job. Pro-tip: If an external recruiter referred you, ask them which thank you is most appropriate for the employer, including whether email is appropriate and acceptable by this employer.