Updated 3 years ago

Moving to Santo Domingo? You will probably have to look for a job. Here is how to proceed.

Santo Domingo is undeniably the Dominican Republic's main destination in terms of expatriation besides being its capital and major city. Over the years, Santo Domingo has been attracting foreigners in large numbers for various reasons, among which the numerous career prospects available there. In fact, unlike other Dominican cities, it is easier to find a job in Santo Domingo due to its developed and diversified economy. However, you have to make sure that you have the qualifications and skills which are required by the local labor market.

Economy

Santo Domingo is not only the Dominican Republic's capital city but also its economic hub. In fact, the national wealth is concentrated around this city. Moreover, many foreign companies have successfully set up a representative office there. You will also find international franchises such as Barrick and Goldcorp which are two of the main job providers.

Moreover, Santo Domingo benefits from the support of the US, especially in the field of information and communication technology. Therefore, many companies evolving in this sector have set up there over the years. Note that development and modernization, since the early 2000s, have been a real blessing for particular fields, such as the real estate, road infrastructure, as well as trade and business. You will also find many shopping malls in the city.

Find a job

You are required to apply for a work visa and a Cedula, that is a residence permit, to be allowed to work in Santo Domingo. Note that you have more chances of being hired on the spot rather than from abroad. In fact, employers prefer face to face contact with candidates. Hence, it is recommended that you first travel to the country with sufficient funds to support yourself during six months.

Tourism, trade and call centers are the city's main job providers. Try your luck by sending spontaneous job applications to companies operating in these fields. But bear in mind that you will have to accept local wages which may be equal to a third of what you might expect. You can as well search for job offers on the Internet thanks to general and specialized websites, as well as professional social networks.

 Good to know:

Having a good knowledge of Spanish will definitely be an asset during your job search.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Jobs in Santo Domingo 
Expat.com – Work in Santo Domingo Forum 
Tecoloco www.tecoloco.com.do
Opción Empleo www.opcionempleo.com.do
Glassdoor www.glassdoor.com
Craiglist santodomingo.en.craigslist.org

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