Working in Brazil

Working and living in Brazil

Brazil has stunning beaches and a beautiful topical climate, a feature that attracts many tourists. The country has seen a sturdy growth in the Industrial Sector with huge developments in the cultivation and quarrying industries. It is considered as one of the top emerging economies in the second world category of countries.

There are numerous ways to seek employment in Brazil. The newspapers, websites, and recruitment agencies are the best place to begin. Also there are local magazines that provide bi-weekly updates on professional and financial trends in the country. However, one key way to source jobs for expats is through networking. Expats living in the country need to build up an adequate network with the locals, as jobs are mainly won through recommendations. Such interviews could be conducted spontaneously.

Websites provide a wide range of jobs and most of them do not require a registration fee. The individual simply needs to upload their resumes online. One can also register with the Local Employment Bureau. Another option is to meet employers at job fairs that are held quite regularly. These fairs provide a great platform for employers and candidates to come together. What’s makes it better is that there are absolutely no fees involved.

Employment in Brazil has changed considerably since the Second World War. The job market is more favourable to candidates within the age group of 25 to 39. This new revolution in Brazilian economy is creating a more competitive market, resulting in more stringent qualifications for experienced workforce. So before anyone actually sets out to conquer the labour market, they need to carefully analyze opportunities that their industry offers. That should give a clear picture to start planning on how to penetrate this market.

There are certain guidelines that need to be kept in mind when applying for a job. All applications should include a covering letter and the resume should not exceed more than two pages. References and certificates would not be required in this initial stage. The resume will need to extremely detailed with personal information, complete postal address and contact details. Candidates also need to mention their civil status and citizenship status, followed by educational qualification (with complete details). Complete details of work experience (in descending order) are required and all accomplishments need to be highlighted. It’s now a common feature for employers to accept candidate applications via Internet or Fax.

All interviews conducted outside the cities are generally in Portuguese. However, employers in cities could conduct an interview in English as well. In either case, the dress code is strictly formal. Brazilians are very particular in this matter. Candidate’s visiting cards should be printed in the both; the candidate’s native language as well is in Portuguese.

It’s not uncommon to have a brief chat about the weather or traffic before the interview. Most Brazilians are hospitable people, so candidates appearing extremely ambitions or highly aggressive are not welcome. It’s prudent that salary and other benefits not be discussed at the initial interview. Once the interview has been concluded, candidates should modestly thank the interviewers for their time.

Female candidates are not given that much importance as the country is primarily a male dominant. It’s surprising that their jobs are looked upon with much lower esteem. Many top notch jobs are held by males and females are given jobs in subordinate designations.

Foreign visitors would need a Business Visa or a Permanent Resident Visa which would take a couple of days to process. Candidate eligible for a visa should be involved in the business sector or have foreign investments inside the country (Approximately two thousand US Dollars). Temporary Work Visas are required for short term work in Brazil and can be obtained by a Brazilian sponsor. This visa takes two months to be processed and is valid for a period of two years. All expats working on a Temporary Work Visa need to pay a portion of their income as tax to the Brazilian Government.

Some of the flourishing jobs are in Information Technology, Engineering, Sale & Marketing as well as Accounting and Finance.  Job hunting is a comparative process the more you search the more chances are there to find a job.

Facts on Brazil