How to get a job in Mexico in 2020
It’s a new year and most everyone will have a resolution. Many will search for a new job and a handful of people may even look to relocate to another country. Whether you are a bilingual professional already living in Mexico or a foreigner looking to relocate, here are some helpful hints to help you land the job you want.
Get active on LinkedIn – This may seem obvious for many professionals around the world, however, too often I interview someone and ask if they are on LinkedIn and they are not. There are over 250 million professionals on LinkedIn. Its an opportunity for you to connect with people in positions to get you the job you want. If you follow Gary Vee (Vaynerchuk), multimedia mogul, he is a huge proponent of LinkedIn. According to Vaynerchuk, LinkedIn still offers some of the most organic reach among all social media forums, which offers a great opportunity to connect with a lot of people and to circulate content if you choose to offer advice or write articles.
From a job seeking standpoint, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with business owners around the globe. On LinkedIn, you can search by a variety of different categories to connect with people who you may have a common ground with or search for professionals in a specific location you may be relocating to. For example, if I were relocating to Mexico City and wanted to make contact with someone who was in my field, I would search for recruiters who live in Mexico City and attended the University of Texas at Austin. If there is someone you feel could be beneficial to your job search or you simply want advice about something, you can send a professional note with your intentions and let the individual know you are. On many occasions, your connection request will get answered and you’ll have a new connection. Of course, there will be times where you get no response. Don’t take offense. Not everyone checks their LinkedIn regularly and some get too busy to answer. Find the next person who can help you.
In addition, LinkedIn allows you to create your own bio so people can see your profile and know who they are connecting with. The profile can be a well-written overview of your resume and accomplishments. You can also display some of your professional work. Personally, I have a brief bio that tells professionals who I am and what I’m good at. I also post some of the social media work I’ve posted in the past along with the blogs I’ve written for Ventes. This allows professionals on LinkedIn to view who I am and what I do. I encourage you to create your own LinkedIn account become more active to achieve the results you want in 2020.
Learn SOME Spanish – This may seem obvious living in Mexico, however, as I’ve mentioned in past articles many expats living in Mexico don’t speak the language. As you’ve seen from ventesmexico.com there are opportunities for English-speaking professionals living in Mexico, however, the choices are limited. As an English-speaking professional, you will have find yourself in sales, speaking with tourists or owning a business where Spanish is not needed. As a business owner, you will still have to communicate in Spanish with local attorneys, accountants and employees. Spend some time each day practicing Spanish. I would recommend taking classes locally or online, however, most people who take classes never learn the language. Once they leave the class, they never practice, and the class becomes a wasteful hour out of their day. Speak with locals, ask questions and fight your way through the conversation no matter how difficult it is at the beginning. It will help you gain more access to more jobs and make you more marketable in the long run.
Find Online Communities on Facebook – There are many resourceful online communities on Facebook designed to bring like-minded people together. A few of these groups can provide you with valuable information about the local market, business opportunities or a new job. Locally, in Puerto Vallarta, we have 2 main online communities that provide all sorts of valuable information and opportunities. Young Professionals Organization https://www.facebook.com/groups/180800725292667/ is a group of over 3,000 people with professional interests in Puerto Vallarta. Here you will find advertisements for new businesses sprouting up in Puerto Vallarta and contacts who can connect you with the right opportunity. There is also an online group Everything You Need To Know About Puerto Vallarta https://www.facebook.com/groups/PVEverythingYouNeedOrWantToKnow/ which has over 50,000 people who participate.
Each of these online sources are great to connect with people socially and learn about opportunities beyond ventesmexico.com and other job sites.
Learn a new skill on Coursera – I don’t see this recommendation enough, but I’m a huge fan of Coursera (www.coursera.com). If you haven’t heard of this educational platform, its one of the largest online education resources in the world. Coursera has partnered with world-renowned institutions including NYU, Duke, Stanford and the like to offer 4-week online courses to students across the globe. Courses can range from Digital Marketing to Operations Management and can greatly impact how employers look at you. The courses don’t cost a lot of money and you will receive a certificate to place on your resume and LinkedIn profile upon completion.
Online classes such as these tell employers a lot about you as a candidate. First, it tells employers you have skills sets in whatever class you choose to take. Second, it shows you are dedicated to personal and professional development. There aren’t many people in the world not dedicated to professional development who take classes online to improve themselves. Personally, Coursera introduced me to my MBA program at the University of Illinois. I began a Digital Marketing class to improve my social media skills a few years ago and learned about the MBA program offered by Illinois. The Digital Marketing course I took was part of the curriculum of the MBA program. Two years after taking that initial course I find myself 8 classes in an MBA program with a whole set of new skills sets and a world-wide network of MBA students and professionals who I’ll graduate with. If Coursera is not for you, there are many resources online free and otherwise that allow us all to learn new skills.
Network Like It’s A Sport – There is actually a book called ‘Networking Is A Contact Sport’ which illustrates how important networking is in today’s market regardless of where you live. In Mexico, its important you find the right contacts and influencers in the area to find the job you want. It may seem easier said than done, but when I first arrived in Puerto Vallarta in the Summer of 2006, I literally went from hotel to hotel introducing myself until I met a sales manager who was hiring. In 2006, Summers in Puerto Vallarta were grim. It was low-season and nobody hired in the Summer. I finally met the right Sales Manager at Velas Vallarta and was offered a job. If networking isn’t within your comfort level, get out of your comfort level and go meet some new people. It will pay off in the long run.
Obtaining a work visa in Mexico – this recommendation is for foreigners looking to relocate. During the last few years, the Mexican government has become a lot more diligent when issuing work visas to foreigners. In years past, foreigners could find a job and obtain a visa while in Mexico – much like I did in 2006. Now, foreigners must be hired while abroad and handle the process at a Mexican consulate in a country outside Mexico before entering. The process takes about 60-90 days and can be delayed with the slightest signature missing or appointment with the consulate missed. It is quite easy to obtain a work visa in Mexico, but you must find a company willing to sponsor you. The easiest way to obtain a work visa in Mexico is to find a position in sales -specifically at a timeshare resort where English-speaking sales reps are needed. These positions are primarily located in beach destinations like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.
I hope some of these recommendations help place you in the right direction. If you haven’t found the right position for you in Mexico on our site, check back every now and then or feel free to ask any questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/josh-n-garcia/
Best of luck in your job search this year. I send you all the best in 2020!