How to leverage your bicultural Latina skills on your resume

According to studies on the topic, biculturals, or people who identify with two or more cultures, are said to play an essential role in economic development by starting new ventures. 

Bicultural Latina professionals can deliver a competitive edge with their language skills and cultural knowledge and are valuable members of any team, board, or company. Additionally, bicultural Latina entrepreneurs bring unique perspectives to their ventures and networks. 

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As you spruce up your resume for the new year, make sure to highlight your bicultural Latina skills. These skills go beyond just language; cultural knowledge is also an important asset. 

In her book, Best Careers For Bilingual Latinos, Hispanic career development specialist Graciela Kenig says, “When you work in a company that wants to serve a multicultural market, a different perspective is one of the most important strengths you can bring.”

Below are a few tips for improving your resume to spotlight those bicultural skills and catch the eye of recruiters. 

4 Key areas to highlight your bicultural Latina skills on your resume 

Of course, adding your bicultural skills to the skills section of your resume is the obvious choice. Still, there are other ways you can highlight your cultural knowledge and language skills throughout your entire resume. 

  1. Resume Profile – Your resume profile is the first impression recruiters get. In this summary, you are hoping to catch their eye at a glance, so you should use this section to leverage your bicultural skills to stand out among other applicants. You can mention your bilingual abilities in your introduction and briefly touch on your cultural knowledge. 
  2. Education Section – If you studied abroad, learned a language in school, or participated in other cultural projects, courses, or clubs, you can use your Education section to highlight your bicultural skills further. Include any pertinent information that speaks to your bicultural identity and assets you can offer to your future employer. 
  3. Work Experience Section – Like the previous section, past work experience that utilized your bicultural Latina skills will help you get ahead of the competition. Use this section to spotlight specific projects, past positions, or work experiences where your bicultural identity shined. 
  4. Skills / Language Section – Finally, the Additional Skills and Language sections of your resume are the areas where most will expect to find your bicultural skills. Including them here is vital for recruiters who may only glance at your resume. Quickly spotting your bicultural skills will help when you may be one of many applicants, and standing out fast is necessary.

In this section, include your language proficiency, and you may even wish to have your country of heritage to drive that cultural edge further. Your language section may look like this: Spanish —native (Argentina); English — US (fluent). By including your country of heritage, you also highlight your cultural background, which companies may be interested in when approaching multicultural markets.

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Depending on the job description, you might also like to add your citizenship status and years living in the US or your country of origin -if you are a first-generation immigrant. Otherwise, make sure you specify if you are second or third generation and have lived in any other country around the world for more than three months. Experiences of living abroad are well-considered, mainly when you apply for global companies, and it makes sure you position yourself for international promotion opportunities.

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5 Latina Superpowers Dr. Zoppi Rodriguez

COL Zoppi CMD PictureLast October, I was honored to write an article about the Borinqueneers, a battalion formed by thousands of young Puerto Ricans that served in the US Army during World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict.

Their major struggle was not so much related to their bravery in the battlefield –they were known for their fierce and relentless fighting spirit– but for being victims of discrimination within the US Army.[1] They were all men and all Puerto Ricans, and they faced the most perilous battles in each war. Women were not allowed to sign up for the Army at that time.

“Fortunately, not only women participate in the Army today but we also have leaders such as Brigadier Commander José Burgos, who understands that giving women the opportunity to take charge of leadership positions empowers them, inspires them, and allows and helps them to grow,” said Dr. Irene Zoppi Rodríguez, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and the first Deputy Commander in the U.S. Army Reserve in Puerto Rico.

With more than four decades of military, academic and professional experience, Dr. Zoppi also facilitates graduate courses in education and business for Strayer University. As a college professor, she brings her passion of empowerment and thought leadership to her students.

“As a teacher, I try to inspire young women and encourage them to grow to be ‘more’,” she said.

More, I asked?

“Every human being has a purpose in life. Many discover it at the end of their lives, when it is too late, becoming a wasted opportunity. We cannot put time in a box so it is up to us to realize our purpose in life as soon as we can. By discovering that purpose, we can fulfill our destiny within that purpose,” Dr. Zoppi said.

She explained that most people understand they need a roadmap for a vacation or a trip but many do not have roadmaps for their lives, their education and all the challenges that come with discovering that purpose. Most expect other people to tell them where to go or how to get there.

“Latinas particularly have Superpowers they are not aware of, and they need to find them soon in life. We don’t dress with ‘capas’ like Batman or Superman but we wear our confidence to confront many personal and professional challenges,” she said.

These are Superpowers Dr. Zoppi believes Latinas have:

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  1. Tenemos audacia (being audacious): Our internal fire overshadows all expectations of how we “should” be by breaking barriers and pushing up to face challenges, such as those trying to reunite their immigrant families.
  2. Somos fatales (being fatalists): We love watching telenovelas with our mothers, grandmothers and daughters, crying and understanding the struggle of the protagonist.
  3. Somos multifuncionales (being multifunctional): Without fear, we perform our functions at the best level and all at once. We cook, we dance, we sing, we work, we ask for permission and we apologize; and we do it in different languages too!
  4. Tenemos esperanza (having hope) We have the ability to do things with hope, always thinking what is next in our journey. We come to this country with the hope that we will find more for our families,
  5. Somos serviciales (fulfilling the needs of others) We are always making sure there is food for everybody, and that is not only in our kitchens!

All these superpowers make Latinas transactional and transformational leaders, according to Dr. Zoppi. “Not only we do the work, giving ourselves totally, but also we pass on those skills to everybody around us, at work, the family and the community.

So, she recommends, the sooner the better, discover your Superpowers and use them!

[1] To know more about the Puerto Rican battalion part of the 65th Infantry Regiment, see the Borinqueneers.


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