2014-07-15 11:22:44

Working in Mexico City can be an enriching experience. In this article, find useful tips to help you find a job there.

Are you planning to move to Mexico City? You certainly won’t be alone, as it has the largest number of foreign residents in Mexico, including more American expats than anywhere else in the world.

Labour market

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, and its economy is strong, diverse, and resilient. Therefore, job opportunities are numerous. Many foreign and international companies have branches in Mexico, creating jobs both for locals and foreigners.

Jobs are available in the engineering, technical, and customer service fields. Another option is in education, with English teaching jobs available at schools, universities, and private academies in practically every part of the city. It may also be possible to find a job at one of the many foreign embassies and consulates in Mexico City.

Finding a job in Mexico City

It is good to start your job search well in advance, although be aware that it is extremely uncommon for Mexican companies to hire by email. The internet is a good resource for finding opportunities in Mexico City, but to get hired you will need to visit in person.

For information, you can check general websites, job forums, and websites for specific companies. You can also look for job offers on employment websites and professional networks.

Upon arrival in Mexico, you can browse the classified ads in local newspapers or register with a recruitment agency. Word of mouth may also help if you have friends and contacts in Mexico City. Note that working conditions can be negotiated with your employer when you have been called for an interview.

As a foreigner, once you are hired you will need to obtain the necessary permissions. Here is more information about the work visa for Mexico.

CV and cover letter

An ideal candidate is one who has:

  • a clear, detailed CV written in Spanish, unless the firm where you have applied for a job is a foreign or international company
  • a personalized cover letter expressing interest in the company
  • original documents including the birth certificate and all relevant documents such as degrees and transcripts from higher education institutions. It may be necessary to obtain Apostilles (official certifications) for them while you are still in your home country.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Mexico City varies greatly depending on which part of the city you live in. You may find that fancy neighbourhoods like Polanco, La Condesa, and Santa Fe are even more expensive than similar places in your home country, while working-class neighbourhoods outside of the city centre are quite affordable.

Securing a job in Mexico City may take some time, so an important first step is to find a comfortable and centrally-located hotel. You can usually negotiate a lower price if you will stay for more than a week.

 Useful links:

Visit Mexico, Mexico City
The News (Mexico City)

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