Why Do So Many Jobs Require Spanish?

There are plenty of compelling reasons to learn Spanish, but there’s one that really makes bank: Employability.

In virtually any career field, Spanish can come in handy and help you advance. However, there are some careers that actually require Spanish language skills.

If you travel to any Spanish-speaking country for work, you’ll certainly need to know travel phrases at the very least. In any work scenario in which you need to use Spanish, you’ll also ideally understand advanced phrases to communicate more fully. Conversational fluency is key. But regardless of how you intend to use Spanish in the workplace, it’s important to brush up on your Spanish for business.

With your incredible Spanish language skills at the ready, you’ll be one step closer to some great jobs.

It’s no secret that more and more employers are seeking Spanish-speaking employees at home and abroad—but why?

One reason is that the Hispanic population in the US is steadily climbing. The US Census Bureau reports that the Hispanic population is over 55 million (over 17% of the population) and rising. With a decent percentage of this population speaking Spanish as a primary (or at least favored) language, all areas of the economy need employees who speak both Spanish and English to engage and accommodate the changing demographics.

Additionally, international business is flourishing. Mexico is the USA’s third largest trade partner. The US is the largest trade partner of many Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras and Panama.

Needless to say, all this leads to a great need for Spanish-language skills.

Manufacturing Sector: Currently a Top Staffing Opportunity in U.S.

According to the American Staffing Association, industrial manufacturing staffing from staffing agencies has the top employee percentage in the United States, more than any other industry.

This means that many workers looking to work for a manufacturing company, are probably searching for the nearest comparable staffing agency. This also means that a manufacturing company looking for skilled and ready workers would be ignoring immeasurable opportunities if they bypass a staffing agency for their employees. In a nutshell, manufacturing staffing is a major strength for HR staffing firms throughout the United States.

This is the time where more manufacturing workers are needed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers have created 37,000 new manufacturing jobs in July of this year, making manufacturing jobs the strongest its been in 23 years.

Jobs in the US have been growing steadily in general, but manufacturing jobs have been seeing a major boom, particularly during the Trump administration. Manufacturing jobs are also known to pay more than many other industries, as well as offer better benefits. Skilled trades — such as forklift operators,  CDL drivers, etc. — are the most in-demand when it comes to industrial jobs.

With this being the case, companies need a plan. And the number one plan of any manufacturing company should be connecting with an experienced HR staffing agency who can provide the staffing that’s necessary to keep their business afloat.

Manufacturing Staffing Has Changed With the Times

According to 2016 research from Harvard economist Lawrence Katz and Princeton economist Alan Krueger, job growth in America is now mainly due to “alternative work arrangements – defined as temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancers.”

Large companies such as Nissan and General Motors, regularly use and rely on temp workers. After the recession, many companies have reportedly been scaling back from hiring permanent workers, and prefer to test the waters with temporary employees.

The benefit of this conservative approach is finding good talent before shelling out unnecessary dollars. (The average onboarding cost for a new employee averages out to $400 — now calculate that times how many manufacturing workers a plant may need, and you’ll see how quickly that adds up.)

On top of that, according to a study by the SHRM Foundation, within the first four months of employment, 50 percent of hourly workers leave. So onboarding costs can quickly end up down the drain.

What makes temp agencies attractive for manufacturing staffing is the fact that companies have more time to evaluate workers in real-time before taking the leap to hire. This alone prevents costly mistakes.

Another benefit, that falls in the financial scope, is money saved from marketing. Because a temp agency already has able candidates, there’s no need for manufacturing companies to take their eyes off production and other important elements of their company, and focus it on marketing to find workers.

Overall, the job world and economy are moving more and more towards dependence upon temp workers, and for good reasons. If you’re a manufacturing company, there’s nothing to lose by following this trend of the future.

Top 5 Industries for Workforce Diversity

One of the biggest professional trends in recent years has been an increased focus on diversity. This is partly the result of new diversity guidelines set out by the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and partly the result of studies showing that companies who hire with diversity in mind tend to be more successful and have happier employees.

We analyzed several factors including gender, ethnicity, age and geography, and highlighted both traditionally diverse industries and those that having been taking big steps towards improving their diversity rankings in recent years.

Here are the top five industries focusing on workforce diversity right now.

1. Healthcare

As one of the oldest and most established industries, healthcare has a long history of serving diverse populations and hiring employees who reflect that diversity. This is especially true when it comes to ethnic and gender diversity with one-third of healthcare workers being non-white andand two-thirds of nurses being female. In addition to racial and gender diversity, healthcare is also geographically diverse meaning that it is evenly spread out across the country.

Although the industry has already made great strides in developing an inclusive workforce, in recent years it has placed an even greater emphasis on hiring candidates from multicultural backgrounds in order to better serve expanding sectors of the population.

2. Education

Like healthcare, education is one of the most diverse industries, particularly when it comes to gender and geography. This is partly due to the fact that two-thirds of teachers are female and partly the result of the industry itself being one of the largest workforces in every state.

In an effort to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, schools and universities are looking to further improve their diversity initiatives and have started hiring employees from an even broader range of social identities and economic backgrounds.

3. Retail & Distribution

Next on the list is the retail industry which ranks highly for gender, geography, age and ethnic diversity. This is largely due to its size (it serves a wide range of customers and requires a lot of employees) and also due to the fact that retail companies are themselves diverse, covering everything from fashion to technology.

In order to ensure that the industry is as inclusive as possible, recruiters in the field have been increasingly looking to hire candidates from every racial, ethnic and economic background as well as ensuring that gender is taken into account at all levels of the industry.

4. Professional Services

One of the fastest growing industries at the moment is the professional services industry, covering services like accounting, consulting and law. Although fields like accounting and law have traditionally lacked diversity in terms of gender, education and ethnicity, with the expansion of these fields (and of service-oriented professions in general) this trend has changed significantly in recent years.

For example, professional services companies now employ a much higher number of women than they previously did and are located in geographically diverse areas of the country. Hiring managers in these fields are also working to hire and retain talented individuals from a variety of educational and socio-economic backgrounds and expanding their recruiting efforts accordingly.

5. Financial Services

Like accounting and law, the financial services industry has traditionally been one of the least diverse industries in the country. However, this has been rapidly changing in recent years as companies have realized the value of expanding their candidate pool and hiring from a broader range of schools, majors and backgrounds. With the success of these initiatives now being evident, financial services companies are making an even bigger push to increase diversity. The result is that recruiters are looking to hire candidates with diverse skills while also aiming to effectively close the gender gap.

The increased focus on workforce diversity in recent years is an important trend that signals a desire to expand job opportunities for job seekers all over the country. By knowing which industries are leading the pack when it comes to diversity, you’ll be able to find a broad range opportunities that match your skills and get one step closer to finding your dream job.

Let’s Connect

Michael Uchalid, Employment Advocate 

Direct: 860-940-7001 Email: muchalid@HireDiversityCT.com

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What Career Is Right for Me? What Job Should I Have?

You’re lost

You’re in a maze, and not the fun kind from that movie Labyrinth.

What career would make you happy? Which ones pay the most?

What jobs are like a big jaw-trap to run away from, screaming?

You need a job that’s fun and challenging, with sky-high pay.

Everything will be okay

Knowing how to choose a career is actually straightforward.

But first you need to escape the swamp of options.

This guide will show you:

  • How to choose a career you’ll love.
  • Why career quizzes and career aptitude tests will always steer you wrong.
  • The best answer to, “what job should I have” you won’t regret 3 years from now.
  • Why “what career is right for me” might have an easier answer than you think.

There’s no prefab career finder that’ll pick your perfect career. The quick process in this guide will help you answer what should my career be on your own.

How to Choose a Career? Start with Your Passions

You’re learning how to choose a career. You’ve got a clean slate.

If I knew then what I know now, I’d be a millionaire.

Lucky you. I’m about to light a klieg light on your path to riches.

Ready?

Start with Passion

Does that sound cliche?

It is. But only because most people misuse it.

So, don’t listen to it.

Wait—what?

The first step in answering what career is right for me is passion. But it’s just a step.

Your passion might be knitting on a desert island. Maybe you can do that, write a book, and make a million bucks.

But probably not.

So—start with passion, but don’t stop there.

Why Passion Makes a Great Career Finder

Every job has roadblocks. Passion slices through them like a lightsaber through ice cream.

“You can learn most things on the job,” says Steve Dalton, author of The 2-Hour Job Search“The challenge is getting employers to want to do that with YOU.”

That means showing interest in the subject matter—and that comes from passion.

“In the end, the heart wants what it wants,” Dalton says. “As a chemical engineer by training, it absolutely kills me to say that, but truth is truth.”

Do you know your passions?

Sit down and daydream. Grab a coffee or a Buddha bowl. Make it fun.

List everything you love and all the things you’d love to do.

Then move on. In the next section we’ll blow the doors off how to choose a career.

Pro Tip: Do you already have a good job you don’t like? Don’t rush into massive changes. See if you can transform it into something better.

Let’s Connect

Michael Uchalid, Employment Advocate

Direct: 860-940-7001 Email: m.uchalid@HireDiversityCT.com