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Moving to a foreign country not only involves adapting to a different culture but to a whole new lifestyle. It also means that you will probably have to find a job to earn your living there. Mexico can offer what you are looking for, with its developed economy and dynamic labour market.

Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin America, after Brazil. Mexico's unemployment rate stood at 3.5% as of May 2017. In 2016, Mexico's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $1.05 trillion USD, according to the World Bank. Some of Mexico’s most important industries are food production, consumer goods, petroleum, and tourism.

Labour market

Expatriates are likely to be hired in various sectors such as hospitality and catering, financial services, contact centres, large-scale distribution, engineering, and the chemical and automotive industries.

Moreover, a mastery of foreign languages such as English and French can open doors to the teaching field. Many foreign language teaching jobs are available throughout Mexico in grade schools, universities, and private English academies.

Working conditions in Mexico

The daily minimum salary for Mexico is 88.36 pesos a day, which is roughly five U.S. dollars. In certain states, however, the minimum salary is even lower.

Mexican workers are entitled to a certain number of vacation days. It depends on how long they have been working for the company, starting with six days off for the first year. Maternity leave is also mandated by law.

Regardless of the type of job, most workers must sign a contract that typically lasts one year. After that year, the contract may or may not be renewed.

Finding a job in Mexico

There are basically two ways of finding a job in Mexico: searching online or visiting the company in person. The second way is usually a better option because it is uncommon for companies in Mexico to answer unsolicited emails.

Before visiting a company, type your CV in Spanish, print it, and place it in a manila folder. Mexican CVs contain more information than the typical CV in the U.S., such as the candidate’s date of birth, marital status, and a photo.

It is also important to dress formally for a job interview, and even when simply visiting the company for information. There may be more than one interview during the process, each with a different person in the company.

Getting a job in Mexico

Getting hired in Mexico involves a lot of paperwork. You will need original copies of your birth certificate and all relevant educational degrees and transcripts. Some companies may even ask for transcripts and other documents from your high school, junior high, and elementary schools.

Another common request is that all these original documents have Apostilles, an official certification of authenticity. They are usually easy and inexpensive to get while you are still in your home country. You can find information about the specific process for where you live with a quick Google search.

Of course, as a foreigner, you will also need the temporary resident visa with permission to work. The first step is to receive a job offer, which is necessary for the application. Many companies will offer to help with the application, but if not, the process is reasonably straightforward. Here is more information about the work visa for Mexico.

 Useful links:

Mexico official job portal
Job offers at Opcion Empleo
Job offers at CompuTrabajo
Job offers at OCC Mundial
Job offers at Trabajando
World Bank, Mexico
INEGI employment statistics
Mexican labour law
Minimum salary

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