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Finding a Job in Cancun Mexico

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You might look at the local newspaper “Novedades” which is on-line and check out the classified section.

Finding a job seems to be the number one question most people ask. If your Spanish is poor then you are probably limited to working in the Hotel Zone where the tourists are. On the other hand,there are many schools here that teach English and other languages. You can put in a resume in person at many of them.

Telecommute in Cancun
A third alternative is to get a job outside of Mexico and telecommute while living here. You can do computer programming, web site development and just about anything on the Internet from Cancun. Foreign income is not taxable when you are here on an FM3. Your clients must be outside of Mexico and you must bill them and pay your taxes in your other country of residence. This 3rd alternative has not yet become popular but it makes sense. This is a great place to be creative. At 5pm when you shut off the computer you can be on the beach in 10 minutes. I start my day in my shorts and enjoy a mango juice and coffee before I get started. No snarled traffic, no ice and snow, and it's permanent July down here.


If you are a professional then you have a much better chance of finding work. Still, you have a handicap if your Spanish is poor. Many of the larger international and U.S. firms are established here. I am thinking of Sears, Walmart, the major Hotels - Hilton, Ritz, most of airlines, etc. Establishing a contact in your home country first and applying for overseas employment may be an idea. Be warned that the pay in Mexico is much less than in the G7 countries but you don't need as much to live here. We suggest you read the ideas mentioned above and then come here on holidays to job hunt and get a feel for things. Getting an FM3 (green card) is really important. I used to recommend that you get an FM3 as soon as you arrive (and I still do if you are retiring). However, I am now tending to think that you should wait for a job offer before getting the FM3. The advantages now outweigh the disadvantages. See our section on immigration to learn what it takes to get the FM3.


Get rid of the idea that we have "employment agencies, head hunters, and similar." Also a major question I answer all the time is "Can I be a bartender?" NO! You cannot do any job that a Mexican can easily do.... Immigration will not give you a permit. The only exceptions are if you speak a multitude of languages and are not officially a bartender, but are the local "foreign assistance rep."

The pay is not fabulous but it goes a long way. Many people in Cancun are in the USD $400-800 a month income bracket. It does not matter whether you have a high school diploma, are a highly trained nurse, or you're an MBA from Harvard (well maybe that is stretching it). This price range is typical. Now don't jump out of your seat yet. Cash goes a long way here because taxes and prices in general are far lower than the G7 countries. Just think, your heating bill drops to zero. The water and sewage bill is less than 6 bucks a month! Garbage collection is free and they pick it up daily!

Okay, now for you people that are thinking “This guy is crazy. He's talking about how to survive living in cardboard boxes on the street!” Let me assure you... your apartment, house, or condo will have tiled flooring, running water, cable, phone, internet, air conditioning, and all the amenities that you are used to and you can ‘survive' better than in a G7 country on that income here. If you have a pension coming in you are really lucky. Earning USD $600 a month here is the same as making $50,000 a year in Manhattan (which makes for difficulty in Manhattan but it can be done). In Cancun, taxi's are a buck, dinner at Bodo's is $6.50 a plate, and beer is only $1.30 at a bar (if you know where to go) - and that's only if you go out and paint the town. The tourists tend to hang around the Hotel Zone so they are charged the full Manhattan rates here (I'm going to get flaming emails on this I can tell). After a while living here you will find other ways to make income (like writing a web site such as this) or you will find a job that pays more. The idea is to get here and get settled in, get to know people and start networking. Mexico is a country of deals and ‘who knows who'. The upside of all this is that you will be living in the tropics - palm trees, beaches, and permanent July! The locals are friendly and your stress level will drop to near zero.

 
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