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In many regards, Chile is still a developing country, but there are several great opportunities for foreigners looking to find employment. The easiest and most time and cost-efficient method of finding a job in Chile  is by sending in your resume on the multitude of recruitment websites out there. In addition, as there are numerous Chilean companies  with overseas offices, you might lucky enough to find a local branch somewhere near you and contact them directly.

The two sectors in which foreigners have the highest chances of getting hired are the mining industry and computer programming and IT. Regardless of your field of expertise, you should know that Chilean employers tend to be very particular when it comes to proper qualifications. For professional jobs, a higher education diploma is a must, and for the non-professional ones, you need to send in  proof that you have attended a technical qualification programme. Anyone wishing to get paid for working in Chile, will be required to apply for a work Visa.

The Chileans tend to speak very fast and their Spanish is not entirely similar to the language spoken in Spain or Mexico, for example. Because of this, you might find yourself unable to understand them even if you have a Spanish degree. The great news, though, is that, in most cases, a proficient understanding of English is enough for both getting a job and for getting you through the first months you are there. However, you might be required to take special classes at some point during your contract.

 

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