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Bilingual Job Fair Attracts Thousands

Updated: Jul 1, 2018

Nury Mora-Vargas was among the thousands of bilingual candidates who visited the CINDE Job Fair in San José this weekend.

by Michael Miller

(February, 2015)

Bilingual Job Fair attracts thousands.  

This past weekend, (February 20 – 22, 2015) thousands of Costa Rican job seekers visited the CINDE Bilingual Job Fair in San José. They got to meet with representatives from over 50 companies looking for qualified candidates.

Many of the companies were multi-nationals. They were looking for people to fill a wide range of positions from call-center telemarketers to software developers to engineers.

Local and international companies were represented at the CINDE Job Fair in San José.

Attractive displays helped to draw the candidates' attention.

Most of the companies were looking for workers proficient in English. But other languages were also in demand, including Portuguese, French, Italian and even Mandarin Chinese.

One of the recruiters from CooperVision, a U. S. based manufacturer of contact lenses, told us that they were very pleased with the turnout. They said that they had seen many candidates that fit their job requirements.

The CINDE Job Fair was not just for call center jobs. There were also a wide variety of high-tech and bio-medical companies looking for skilled workers.

Language schools, including this one specializing in Mandarin Chinese were also represented at the job fair.

In addition to companies looking for workers, there were also display booths for language schools. One of those schools was the Kung Tse Instituto Oriental Confucio, which specializes in teaching Chinese. They reported that the Job Fair was very helpful for them. Not only did they find that a lot of students interested in learning Chinese, but they said that several large companies had shown an interest in their students.

San José, Costa Rica is rapidly becoming a part of the world economy. It has a rapidly growing middle class, with many white-collar jobs and a premium paid for anyone with proficiency in foreign languages. It's all part of the the real San José.

Michael Miller is the author of the first and only guide book that focuses on Downtown San José, Costa Rica, titled The Real San José. Paperback copies are available for sale at selected retail outlets in San José.  An electronic version of The Real San José is available at Amazon/Kindle.  To access it, click here.

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