Like anywhere in the world, finding a job in Barbados can be challenging. Every year, Barbados’ colleges and universities pump out highly educated graduates and on a small island, there’s stiff competition for jobs. Never fear, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks to help you find your perfect job in the perfect island paradise that is Barbados.
In fact, you may need to look no further than right here – see Job Opportunities at Totally Barbados. You could be just what we’re looking for!
Note: If you are a non-national or a CARICOM national, ensure you also read our Acquiring a Barbados Work Permit page for information about fulfilling Immigration requirements in relation to working in Barbados, prior to commencing any employment here on the island.
Where do I start?
Job postings are most commonly listed in Barbados’ two leading newspapers:
— The Nation (www.nationnews.com)
— The Advocate (www.barbadosadvocate.com)
Barbados Today (www.barbadostoday.bb), an online newspaper, also lists employment opportunities on the island.
Tip: Also try employment-related websites.
A simple Google search should do the trick but we’ve made the process that little bit easier and listed some handy employment search engines to get you started:
— Bajan Jobs (www.bajanjobs.com)
The Barbados Ministry of Labour also provides an online job centre (https://labour.gov.bb/jobseekers) for jobseekers and employers in Barbados. Additionally consider directly applying to one of Barbados’ employment agencies. Refer to our Local Listings for a list of employment agencies to help you on your job search.
The Good News
Tourism is one of the largest sectors on the island and as the industry expands, service-oriented jobs like customer service and hospitality will continue to open up in Barbados – great news for job seekers on the island!
How can I stand out?
If you’re looking for a leg up on your competition, consider enrolling in a service-related workshop with the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE). There are also various technical/skills training programs available on the island. For more information, visit the Barbados Vocational Training Board website (www.bvtb.gov.bb).
Introducing yourself via the traditional methods of cold calling, emailing, or knocking on the doors of potential employers should not be dismissed as an effective way of seeking employment in Barbados. It takes patience and perseverance but can open doors to unadvertised positions, or a meeting with relevant decision makers.
Hint: Research your target employer before approaching them. Learn about their business and be prepared to explain why you’re an excellent candidate and invaluable asset to them and their business.
Offer to Volunteer
Do you have all the qualifications but no tangible work experience? Don’t despair. A good way to get your foot in the door is to offer to volunteer at a business or organisation related to your professional field, or one that you’re personally interested in. Keep in mind that some of the most successful business people got their big break by getting coffees and photocopying – simply learning by exposure. Never underestimate the value of showing you’re enthusiastic and willing to put in the hard yards.
There are also several Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) island-wide who are always looking for responsible people to help them out. See our Local Listings for a list of charitable organisations in Barbados.
Volunteering in Barbados is an excellent way to complement your CV/resume through adding valuable work experience and expanding your list of professional contacts. Let’s not forget the ‘feel good factor‘ that volunteering in the community also brings, so it’s a win/win situation for everyone!
Build Your Networks
When seeking to find a job in Barbados, it’s important to prove your business value and display your credentials up front to potential employers.
However, your ‘credentials’ in Barbados mean more than the school you graduated from, your previous work experience, or the licenses and degrees you hold.
Credentials also refer to your personal and professional connections and networks. Serious job seekers in Barbados should heed the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know“. Make contact with like-minded people and those working in your industry here and abroad, attend relevant conferences, and join professional bodies relating to your area of expertise and personal interest. By spreading the word about your desire for employment and expanding your professional networks you’ll show you’re an invaluable asset to any company here on the island.
Hint: Professional networking site, LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), is great for searching and connecting with contacts in your professional industry.
As you can see, the avenues for you to explore potential job vacancies here in Barbados really are endless. Totally Barbados wishes you all the very best of luck in finding the right job for you here in Barbados!
By: Brett Callaghan
International Financial Services Act
Since independence, Barbados has transformed itself from a low-income economy dependent upon sugar production into an upper-middle-income economy based on tourism. Barbados is now one of the most prosperous countries in the western hemisphere. Tourism drives the economy, but offshore banking and financial services have become an increasingly important source of foreign exchange and economic growth.
Amicorp Bank and Trust Limited
Provides financial products and business solutions.
Amphora Bank & Trust Corporation
Provides private banking and trust services to a select group of clients.
Blue Bank International and Trust (Barbados) Ltd
Provides trust and fiduciary and financial management Services
Canaccord International Ltd
Wealth and financial management Services.
Caribbean Investment Bank
Provides international banking and investing activities.
CIBC First Caribbean International
Provides financial services in corporate banking, retail banking, wealth management and investment banking.
Cidel Bank & Trust Inc
Provides financial services including investment strategy, advice and products, international banking services, corporate and trust services.
Front Street Private Bank (Barbados) Limited
Provides managed and pooled accounts, together with pure custodial or self administered investment accounts, combined with full brokerage services.
J&T Bank and Trust
Provides global private banking, wealth management, offshore banking and trust services.
Occidental Bank (Barbados) Limited
Provides financial services to individuals and companies, non-resident in Barbados.
Sandstorm Gold Bank Limited
Provides financing to gold mining companies through gold stream and royalty agreements.
List of Barbados Offshore company service providers
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The eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands. A global attraction as a holiday destination, Barbados is known for its luxury offering a stunning combination of coral, pristine beaches and rolling hills with a warm yet moderate climate.
Political, economic and social stability have given it one of the highest standards of living in the developing world. It is a centre for financial services and has offshore reserves of oil and natural gas.
A tropical, independent island nation, a third of the land size of London, Barbados is situated in the western Atlantic Ocean approximately 400kms from the South American continent. Average temperatures in winter are around 70°F/ 21°C and 86°F/ 30°C in summer
Known for its beaches and cricket, its national sport, the former British colony has a dual heritage: English, evident in its stone-built Anglican churches and Saturday race meetings, and African, reflected in its music and dance. Limestone caverns, coral reefs and a warm climate tempered by trade winds are among the island's natural assets. Barbados is relatively flat, with highlands in the interior.
Tourism has overtaken the export of sugar as its main revenue earner and in recent years a construction boom has taken hold, with new hotels and housing complexes springing up. The trend accelerated as the island prepared to host some of the key Cricket World Cup matches in 2007.
Having long been considered a luxurious holiday destination, the Island can offer professionals challenging and interesting work, as well as that much sought after quality of life. An attractive location for those wanting to live their life whilst building a solid career. Direct flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours.
Click here for further information on Living & Working in Barbados, Facts on Barbados, Searching for a Job in Barbados and the Relocation Process, as well as other offshore locations to consider.
We have a dedicated, offshore team specialising in the recruitment of professionals across accountancy, finance, financial services and banking.
We are able to assist English-speaking candidates, from all countries around the world, with their offshore career search. Reach Offshore has helped relocate professionals to offshore destinations from a variety of countries including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India and South Africa as well as moves from one offshore jurisdiction to another.
Our consultants have a detailed knowledge of living and working in offshore jurisdictions and regularly spend time in each. As a result they are always available to offer first hand advice on relocating to a new country. At Reach Offshore we not only help you find offshore positions, but are also available to offer advice about any aspect of a contract, a career or life offshore and can;
If you want to consider a career in Barbados, our team are ready to give you realistic and detailed advice on your prospects in the offshore employment market.
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