Excerpted from the Nicaragua Career Guide
Job Search Resources
Relatively few formal and informal means to search for and identify job opportunities exist in Nicaragua. Online tools and job/professional talent fairs, particularly multilingual ones, are not very common. In addition, due to a low Internet penetration level (10.2 percent), far below the average for Latin America (28.8 percent), the Internet is still rarely used to search for employment information in Nicaragua. Most local daily and weekly newspapers (chiefly La Prensa) publish job opportunities with various degrees of quality and in different quantities, on Sundays and Mondays.
Online Job Sites
Computrabajo, with more than 4,000 companies in its database, offers more than 390 job opportunities in Nicaragua on any given day. It also operates in Spain and most Latin American countries. Most services can be accessed without registering or filling in the résumé form. Positions can be identified through four different criteria: location, job category, date the opening was advertised and working day length (part-time, full-time and other). In addition, this site links directly to other companies’ information and recruiting sites.
Government Employment Resources
Oficina de Servicio Público de Empleo (SEPEM) (Public Service Office of Employment)
Ministerio de Trabajo de Nicaragua (Nicaragua Ministry of Labor)
SEPEM seeks to bring together employers and candidates to facilitate employment. Even though this is a free service, it is only available upon registration. To register, candidates must undergo a face-to-face interview. For this, bring an ID card, recommendation letters, a résumé, diplomas and proof of previous work.
Ministerio del Trabajo (MITRAB)
Estadio Nacional 400 m al Norte, Managua
PO Box 487 Nicaragua
On Stage, Nicaragua
http://www.onstagenicaragua.com (English, German, Dutch and Spanish)
On Stage is an internship office in Nicaragua offering a wide range of opportunities. Its chief goal is connecting European students with various educational backgrounds and levels with Nicaraguan business firms for internships. On Stage offers a large number of opportunities in fields such as sociology, agriculture, education, energy and forestry. Its aim is to contribute to both Nicaragua’s and the students’ development.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
http://www.xconecte.com (English and Spanish)
XConecte is a free job search alternative. To benefit from this service and to be included in the talent database, candidates must submit their résumés and go through a number of tests at XConecte facilities. The process begins online and XConecte will contact the candidates with a test date and time. Examinations take about two and a half hours and include a number of psychological and psychometric tests to identify candidates’ skills and abilities. These are then used to develop a candidate profile to be submitted to interested companies. The XConecte job opportunities section offers about 18 different jobs on any given day.
Colonial Los Robles No. 64, Managua
Tel: +505 2252-4348
Fax: +505 2270-5071
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
PWC InterAmericas – Nicaragua
http://www.pwc.com/ (English and Spanish)
PWC InterAmericas comprises a number of member business firms in seven countries (Central America and the Dominican Republic), and serves as a broad geographical network providing audit, tax, management consulting and headhunting services in the region.
Km 6 y ½, Carretera a Masaya
Edifico Cobirsa II, 3er piso, Managua
Tel: +505 2270-9950
Fax: +505 2270-9450
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
La Prensa (The Press)
Through its Prensi Guía Amarilla supplement, La Prensa publishes classified ads and a large number of job opportunities from all over the country. All classified ads appear under heading ‘1200,’ which is in turn divided into clerical jobs (1203), sales (1204), professionals (1206) and sundry ads (1212), among others. On any given day 50 classified ads are published along with ten expanded ads, chiefly on Monday.
Carretera Norte, Km 4 ½
PO Box 192
Tel: +505 2255-6767
Fax: +505 2255-6782
This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Nicaragua guide.