Chile is a wise decision for any entrepreneur, company or investor to domicile in for many reasons: It is rich in natural resources, its GDP growth has remained resilient, and it’s probably the most developed and stable country in the region. Chile is and continues to be an attractive jurisdiction for its abundant pool of tech talent at ‘nearshoring’ prices (chances are this is why you’ve decided to set up shop there in the first place). But like anything new, you won’t know where to look for the best IT/tech talent, so IT recruitment in Chile should be high on your list of things to consider.
The country excels at the technology, financial services, and other sectors compared to its neighbors. Chile consistently ranks high on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business reports, and for businesses that will be bringing proprietary information or a well-established brand name, Chile has a well-developed patent and trademark regime. Companies can easily register a trademark in Chile, enabling them to protect their business reputation from copycats and imitators.
Most foreign investors, companies and entrepreneurs don’t want to waste time with administrative things such as hiring, but Chile will be a new and unfamiliar environment. That’s why it’s wise to seek the services of an IT recruitment professional in Chile, to speed up the hiring process and onboard talented people ASAP.
But there are many recruitment companies and individuals who claim to be the best at IT recruitment in Chile. So how do you know which individual/company to choose?
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IT recruitment in Chile: Qualities and characteristics to look for
What follows are some of the qualities and characteristics you should look for in a recruiter. This is a good foundation but should not be considered an exhaustive list:
- Good at managing expectations
- Ability to sell your company to candidates
- Is bilingual, in both language and culture
- Keeps your hiring manager in the loop
- Have lots of connections they can draw upon
- (Bonus) Experience working in the tech industry
One characteristic that could have been on the list: the IT recruitment professional in Chile with whom you partner should listen and really get to know your company, its culture and vision. We think that sort of thing goes without saying.
Top 6 traits found in good IT recruitment in Chile
1. Knows how to manage expectations
A valuable skill in IT recruitment in Chile is for the recruiter to manage expectations – both yours and those of the candidates. Do you need tech talent quickly and are willing to make compromises? The process will take time, and company management should be made aware up front.
2. Ability to sell your company to candidates
A capable IT recruiter doesn’t wait for the candidate to respond. They are more proactive than that, and after getting to know your company and understanding your vision, they should already know where to start looking for the IT/tech talent you so desperately need. A good recruiter is also a marketer – they have the know-how to attract top candidates to your company.
3. Must be bilingual both linguistically and culturally
When it comes to IT recruitment in Chile, you need to ensure that the recruiter is not only extremely fluent in English and Spanish, but also knows that western business people want to hear regular updates – and need to communicate and hear back from them much more frequently than many Latin Americans might consider necessary.
4. Keeps your hiring manager in the loop
The recruiter must involve the hiring manager and/or upper management, so that the team responsible for making the call is acquainted with promising candidates well before the actual interview. It’s also helpful in case any of the conditions in job vacancies change, for example, if an employee’s friend is hired for a job without going through the recruitment process.
5. Have lots of connections they can draw upon
IT recruitment in Chile is at his foundation a people business. So the more connections they have in the country, the better. Recruiters who are really well connected also have influence. Have they, for example, ever poached workers from one company and convinced them to go work for another? In any case, the more contact your recruiter has, the quicker they will be able to come up with a crop of promising candidates.
6. (Bonus) Experience working in the tech industry
A good recruiter may be a generalist who’s so well connected in Chile that if they don’t know an ideal candidate for the position you’re trying to fill, they will know someone who does. A great recruiter is someone who has worked in the tech industry previously, and is well connected and an industry insider. This isn’t a prerequisite, but it will be a definite bonus if your recruiter has prior experience in the industry.
So you’ve got a good foundation about the traits you should look for in an IT recruitment professional in Chile. But what about the Chilean tech workforce? Is Chile the best Latin American country to expand into?
IT recruitment in Chile: Why tech talent is among the best
Consider the following. Chileans have:
- A highly educated labor force
- A high proficiency level in English
- One of the most tech-savvy nations in the region
- A stable political system and institutions
- Robust capital investment in tech startups
The country has made its presence felt in the tech sector, so much so that The Economist magazine dubbed Chile “Chilecon Valley” to describe its potential to one day rival the real Silicon Valley. It’s got a bright future in tech and other industries, and is among the best Latin American jurisdictions in which to invest in or open a business.
Biz Latin Hub can help you with IT recruitment in Chile
At Biz Latin Hub, we provide integrated market entry and back-office services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with offices in Bogota and Cartagena, as well as over a dozen other major cities in the region. We also have trusted partners in many other markets.
Our unrivalled reach means we are ideally placed to support multi-jurisdiction market entries and cross border operations.
As well as knowledge about IT recruitment in Chile, our portfolio of services includes hiring & PEO accounting & taxation, company formation, bank account opening, and corporate legal services.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can assist you in finding top talent, or otherwise do business in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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