Looking for a job in the Dominican Republic? Here are some tips to guide you through your search.
The Dominican Republic attracts foreigners worldwide for various reasons. If some have chosen to spend their retirement years in this pleasant environment, others prefer to benefit from its stable economic situation. In fact, the country provides various job prospects to qualified and skilled foreigners in different fields. However, it is best to be aware of its labor market's requirements before proceeding.
The Dominican economy mainly relies on the export of sugar, coffee and tobacco. In fact, the country is deemed to be one of the Caribbean region's major exporters. Over the years, agriculture and tourism have become equally or more important economic pillars. Quality agricultural and certified organic products are exported to surrounding countries, to the US as well as to other parts of the world.
Moreover, thanks to foreign investment in free trade zones, electronics, textiles, pharmaceuticals products also count among the most active sectors, also creating jobs for locals and foreigners.
Finally, information and communication technology, as well as high technologies, have transformed the country, especially Santo Domingo into a real show case. In fact, the capital city hosts a cyberpark which not only attracts foreign investment but also requires foreign expertise in terms of CAD and IT development.
To date, unemployment rate in the Dominican Republic turns around 16%, along with a high level of inequality in terms of income. Indeed, 12% of the active population is employed in industries outside the free zone while 35% of them are employed in the government and in the services sectors. 21% of them work in the agricultural field.
Find a job
One of the first steps during your job search in the Dominican Republic will be to learn Spanish. This will be beneficial both when sending your job application and when being called for an interview. Note that you are more likely to be hired with a Spanish resume, except in the tourism field where foreign languages are highly valued.
Finding a job in the country might not be as easy as it seems, especially if you are not yet in the country. Thus, you are advised to start networking so as to keep yourself updated regarding job vacancies. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends and contacts on the spot. You can as well view job offers on the Internet, via specialized job websites and professional social networks.
Finally, you can send spontaneous job applications to big national and international companies operating across the country. Thereafter, feel free to call them to inquire if they have received your job application. In short, proactive people are very much appreciated by employers in the Dominican Republic.
If you have the required qualifications, you can even be hired by languages schools. Make sure to negotiate your salary and working conditions before your departure.
Expat.com – Job offers in Dominican Republic
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Observatorio del Mercado Laboral Dominicano www.omlad.gob.do
Ley Laboral www.leylaboral.com
Opción empleo www.opcionempleo.com.do
Livio / list of language schools www.livio.com
Linked In www.linkedin.com