QCOSTARICA – Although unemployment in the country is 9.7%, the market is still open for specialized employees — for example, at a job fair sponsored by the foreign investment development agency CINDE, 48 international and local companies are seeking bilingual workers for a variety of jobs.
In Costa Rica, bilingual means inevitably English speaking, and some of the companies want other skills along with the language capability, such as computer skill. But, despite the yearning need of these companies, many if not most of these jobs will go unfilled because of the poor training in high schools.
But English is not the only foreign language in demand, although opportunities are limited in Portuguese, French, German, Dutch and Mandarin. The job fair will be held February 20-21-22 at the Antigua Aduana (former customs house) in San José.
There are also opportunities for professional buyers, quality control, engineering, accounting, human resources, finance, bookkeeping, software development, maintenance and other fruits of training and skill. For the first time, Cinde is demanding registry on-line at www.cindejobfair2015.com
Besides the skills in English and proficiency in defined skills, the companies are seeking capacity in leadership, problem solving, teamwork and assertive communication. Despite the unemployment, in all the 48 companies are seeking to fill 4,000 jobs.
But a recent poll of businessmen showed at seven out of every 10 consulted discounted hiring new people this year.
For more info visit the CINDE job fair Facebook page.
Sponsors of the job fair includes Sykes, Western Union, Carson Wagonlit, Cargill, Intel, Racsa, and The Talent Place
With notes from iNews.co.cr