The job market in Costa Rica is off to a good start with announcements from companies that will launch or expand operations and others that will be actively hiring during the 12th edition of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) Job fair. The fair takes place Feb. 19-21 at the Antigua Aduana, east of downtown San José.
The fair will bring together recruiters from 64 companies representing 35 sectors, who will be looking to hire 3,000 employees with good command of two or more languages as well as technical or professional degrees.
According to CINDE, the companies will be looking for workers in the areas of business, finance, manufacturing, engineering, software development, computer programming, graphic design, sales and translation.
The two main requirements for prospective employees are a good command of a second language, mainly English, Portuguese, Italian, German and French, and completion of a pre-registration form online at the fair’s website.
Online registration will guide users step by step, requesting basic information such as personal data, completed studies, work experience and current availability, among others.
At the end of the process the system will generate a QR code that will be the only method for fair attendants to share personal information with recruiters.
Registered users also are required to test English-language proficiency using an online Business English Level Test, or BELT, which measures language skills based on standards from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A Portuguese proficiency test also is available at the website.
Registration and entrance to the fair are free, but only those who completed the online registration will be allowed, CINDE stated.
The job fair takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
More jobs: German company opens business center
Evonik Industries, a chemical products manufacturer based in Essen, Germany, this week announced it will open a financial services center in Costa Rica to assist the company’s operations across the Americas.
The company in coming days will begin construction of its offices in San José and the hiring of its first 50 employees. Posts are primarily open to accounting, finance and human resources professionals.
Evonik also confirmed it hopes to expand operations in 2017 by bringing its payroll to 100 employees by the end of that year.
Those interested in applying for a post can send résumés by e-mail to: [email protected].
According to CINDE, the German company “will join more than 120 multinational companies that currently have service centers in Costa Rica.”
Intel also hiring
Chip manufacturer Intel on Thursday reported that it has openings at its Global Services Center in Heredia province.
Intel’s manager of government affairs, Timothy Scott, said this week the firm opened some 60 positions for professionals in various areas and with a strong command of English. On Thursday afternoon the number of available posts was 49 in the areas of app development, systems analysis, network engineering, information technology auditing, tax analysis and call center support, among others.
Those interested in applying can find the full list of available jobs at Intel.com/jobs.