600 Attend English-Speaking Job Fair in Santiago

Chilean Scene

Feria laboral Corfo 2011

With the participation of Start-Up Chile, the third version of the “Expo Laboral Corfo”, a job fair organized by Corfo (the Chilean Economic Development Agency) for Chileans with a high level of English, was held on March 31st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Santiago. More than 600 people attended where 23 multinational companies held over 900 job interviews for positions for which an advanced level of English is required.

At Start-Up Chile’s stand, current program participants rotated throughout the day, ultimately holding over 40 job interviews.

Pablo Quappa, a Chilean marketing consultant and fair attendant, wasn’t familiar with Start-Up Chile, but after the presentation and talking with some of the participants, he praised the initiative. “It’s great to have this here in Chile. I was very surprised and very happy to see that this country has this kind of platform for global businesses. It is a great way of building strong networks and I felt inspired to work with these entrepreneurs myself,” he explained.

Raj Uttamchandani, a current participant of Start-Up Chile and founder of EximForce, believed that the job fair was a very useful initiative to find Chilean talent. “We met a lot of developers, designers, and business developers who actually wanted to be a part of Start-Up Chile companies and initiatives. We were looking people in those positions and we have already 5 or 6 short listed. It’s been great.”

This is the third consecutive year that the “Expo Laboral Corfo” takes place in Santiago and gathered people from regions spanning the county’s 4300KM length. This plan is directly linked with the “Registro Nacional de Inglés” (National Registry of English Proficiency) and the “Corfo English Scholarship” project which started on 2004 and 2007 respectively. People who passed the proficiency test with a good score were invited to the fair.