• Yulkendy Valdez

3 Career Tips Inspired by Top Latin Songs

1. Foster strong relationships one interaction at a time

Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

Pasito a pasito, suave suavecito

Nos vamos pegando poquito a poquito

Like one of the catchiest Latin pop songs of 2019 reminds us, we have to build relationships step by step while being strategic in the long-term. The job search process and networking can be scary. One way to navigate this is by taking it one relationship, one interaction, at a time. Slow and steady wins the race.

For instance, when building a relationship with a recruiter or hiring manager, introduce yourself with your 30-second pitch, including your major, your career interests, and why the employer culture is a fit. Keep it light and informal at the beginning and ask well-thought-out questions. You can walk them through the details of your resume once you get the next call or interview.

2. Dominate the room. Make your voice feel heard.

Muevelo by Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee 

Toda' la' mano' pa' arriba (Muévelo)

Con todo el flow en el aire (Muévelo)

Aquí to' el mundo vacila (Muévelo)

No vamo' a parar (No vamo' a parar)

You only have one opportunity to make a first impression. This is your one chance to exude confidence and dominate the room. One trick you can use is saying your full name as you get ready, and if you have four last names like me, say it loud and proud — 100 % Latinx and unapologetic.

The key is to be your own "hype-person" and get ready to speak about your experiences and many talents. Authenticity is contagious, and if they don't like what you represent, other employers will welcome your excellence.

3. Show them the Best Version of You

La Mejor Version de Mi by Natti Natasha (Remix with Romeo Santos) 

Es que estoy aquí

Observando la mejor versión de ti

Last but not least, I am adding some bachata to the mix. While you are building these professional relationships, you have to show up with the best version of yourself on every occasion. You can’t give them one opportunity to see the worst version of you. We are not perfect, but remember, this is about your career and the value you can provide. Keep your energy up and show off your excellence at all times. However, when you do make a mistake, admit it, and be transparent and humble.

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