Tiffany Lashay
over 6 months ago
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Don't Speak Spanishl and Can't Get A Job

During the recession I decided to return back to school to get my bachelor's degree. Prior to earning my degree I started looking online to find a job and I started to notice that a lot of job postings state that one of the requirements is the necessity to speak Spanish. I have been looking for a two and a half years and I still haven't found a position. There are way too many job ads that say Spanish is a requirement and it is only getting worse. I would understand if I lived in Mexico but this is the United States where the primary language is supposed to be English. Prior to school I remember searching the same job boards and there wasn't so many that said Spanish as a requirement. So what happened all of the sudden? Think about it if a job board states you must speak Spanish and 100 people show up how many of those people are going to be Black, White, Asian, etc? How many are going to be Mexican? In the area that I live in it has become predominantly Mexican. This used to be pretty diverse and I used to wonder what happened but now I'm starting to see a trend. I wonder if the reason why there are so many Mexicans here is because of the fact that those that can't speak Spanish felt that they had to leave this community and go somewhere where they are not requiring being bilingual. (I am planning on moving to wherever I can get a job too). Now I know that many might think that this is about racism or politics but it's not. It's about equal opportunity. How equal is the opportunity if you have to speak Spanish in a place where the primary language is supposed to be English? It is still a recession and I am not bilingual I have a degree so what am I supposed to do?

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Ralph Turk

Tiffany, I totally get where you're coming from but try to look at it this way. Companies will always make the necessary adjustments in order to appeal and service their clientele. If you live within a heavily populated Spanish speaking community then more companies will will be more than likely to recruit Spanish speaking personnel to satisfy their local customers. Unfortunately, finding job postings without the language requirement will only improve if you search outside of your area unless your willing to learn basic Spanish communication.

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Jean Marie

I'm experiencing a major problem in getting a job in New Jersey. I have 20 years medical experience and a college degree and I can't get a job. I'm positive it's because I don't speak Spanish. I think some companies are advertising Spanish preferred but not required because they don't want to appear to be discriminatory. In reality, they will make Spanish a requirement so I don't waste my time answering ads that mention it.

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Maria Scarano

Tiffany I can relate to you on many levels.i too am in the medical field secretarial.i just moved to nevada from illinois.to my amazement 10 to 14 adds stipulate Spanish speaking required or a plus.dumb fonded. Why on earth should speaking Spanish be a requirement.apllicants should be hired based on qualifications.i asked myself where am I. I feel as if I'm in mexico.i am not trying to be racist .Why is it in nevada employers suddenly requiring Spanish speaking.i come from Chicago were there is great community of Hispanics. This needs to stop .if we want to see changes we need to petition to congress.reality of this is that our children w college degrees will have to compete. With bilingual speakers.im all for being bilingual but if your white like myself your going to feel singled out.im American who came from parents who spoke primarily italian. I know what its like to have immigrant parents.understand that until your in our shoes your not going to relate to what's going on until you experience this first hand.

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Susan Bohannon

Make the effort to learn Spanish. Lots of ways to do it, some free. It's the easiest second language to learn. You can keep complaining about how the world has changed and keep losing out on job opportunities, or you can accept the changes and make yourself more marketable.

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Tenesha B

Your right, I having the same problem in New York too, it just being discrimination against non spanish speaking. I understand the world is changing but all the jobs is just plain rude and ridiculous.

Companies is basically saying we don’t want non Spanish people in the office and that’s bulshit. Everyone that need service doesn’t speaks Spanish, so they need to stop the crap.

It just another excuse not hiring certain races of people.

I know I’m going through it, looking for work.

It’s hard!

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briana hhayward

The united states do not offer jobs to Americans anymore.

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Tonya Konigsmark

people it is still legal of a company in the United States to require you to speak Spanish in order to work there. Our native language is English and that is all you need to know to have a job. If the company wants to hire somebody else who speak Spanish over you I would classify that as discrimination. you can look it up for yourself but it is still legal and you can take it to the EEOC for your state. You might even be able to sue the company if they out right told you in an interview that you needed to be able to speak Spanish in order to get the job.

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Abena Owusu

I totally agree with you. It is very frustrating. I have a bachelor degree and I can't find nothing in the New York area that I live that don't say Spanish required. It so unfair to those that don't speak Spanish and very discriminating. And this is America.

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L W

Here is a question. Why are not the many other American citizens, who's primary language is not English but Russian, Somalian, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Japanese, and many more, not receiving the same treatment? Maybe everyone should be required to learn all the different languages and dial eques that exist here in American, so that there is equal opportunity in the workforce for us all. Can anyone tell me why we are just catering to the Spanish language? What happened to the equality that is being so strongly voiced for at this time. Hmm, equality in some areas and not in others. How is this right?

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FLORIDA VACATION'S

Here in Florida they are telling all of us who are black white, and all the other people from other countries that we cant have the job because we do not speak Spanish, so the only people who are allowed jobs are the Spanish people and this is pure discrimination. All the supervisors are Spanish and only hire their own people. This is discrimination on every single level. I do not speak Spanish, I was born here and so were my parents and grandparents. So I guess all the rest of us cant have jobs but only the Spanish speaking people can get the job and most of them have broken English. This is not right at all.

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