Mexican Living Survival Tip 3 Finding Work

Mexican Living Survival Tip 3 Finding Work



Though I have written a​ lot on the​ issue of​ expatriation to​ Mexico, one of​ the​ most common questions from the​ “younger crowd” is, “Can I find work?”.

This is, in​ a​ way, a​ pathetic commentary on life in​ America. Younger people, though those I know will not admit this, are wanting to​ escape America for​ the​ simple reason that, well, life really sucks in​ America. And, they want out at​ increasingly younger and​ younger ages.

“Can I get a​ job and​ support myself?”, is​ what one young woman recently asked me via email.

I answered, “Yes. No. Maybe. I don’t know. Could you repeat the​ question?”

The ambiguity of​ my silly reply is​ rooted in​ the​ following.

The Mexican law says you cannot work in​ Mexico as​ a​ foreigner if​ you would be taking a​ job away from a​ Mexican national. And, if​ you find work in​ Mexico that no Mexican national can do, then you must obtain a​ work visa. the​ consequence for​ not following the​ rules would be deportation at​ the​ very least and​ maybe even a​ jail term at​ the​ very worst.

Now, for​ the​ truth:

Americans are working in​ Mexico (I know a​ lot of​ them) without work documents and​ are doing everything from teaching English to​ working as​ delivery people.

Let’s go over this one step at​ a​ time.

1.If you had an​ accounting degree, had worked at​ Sony in​ their accounting department, and​ had a​ lot of​ experience handling multi-million dollar accounts, you could be in​ big demand in​ Mexico. the​ reason is​ that more and​ more Mexican businesses need English speakers to​ conduct business in​ English with America and​ the​ rest of​ the​ English-speaking world. Let’s say that there was a​ Mexican national who had the​ same credentials and​ who had a​ 85%-95% English fluency rate. the​ chances are of​ you getting that job would be slim—but not impossible!

2.If you had a​ degree from an​ American university, and​ could more or​ less figure out through your personal research how to​ teach English to​ Mexicans, you could very possibly beat out a​ Mexican national who had an​ English degree from an​ American university and​ was certified to​ teach ESL. the​ reason is​ that you could teach English as​ a​ native speaker and​ the​ Mexican national could not.

This is​ all so tricky!

My wife, who has a​ degree in​ Education with certification in​ English, was offered a​ job at​ a​ private university here with an​ impressive salary. the​ school would have obtained her work papers for​ her and​ even paid her an​ attractive benefit package. at​ most, if​ not all, the​ private schools that offer English as​ a​ Second Language, none of​ the​ native speaking English teachers have work documents. I know of​ one guy who has been teaching in​ Mexico for​ 9 years without a​ work visa.

It gets even trickier!

I know of​ Australians, Germans, Austrians, Canadians, and​ Americans who work in​ positions in​ Mexico not only without work papers but are working in​ jobs that Mexican nationals could do.

Confusing? You do not know the​ half of​ it.

Though the​ “law on the​ books” says one thing, the​ rule in​ Mexico is​ that “people do pretty much want they want and​ no one ever says anything about it.”

Mexican employers know the​ law and​ yet hire Americans routinely and​ just “pay them under the​ table in​ cash”. Private business owners are not routinely hassled by the​ federal government here. the​ proof of​ this is​ that there are scores of​ foreigners working in​ Mexico for​ private employers without work papers for​ years and​ no one bothers them!

I know a​ owner of​ a​ school that teaches ESL. Her husband is​ a​ lawyer and​ best friends with some immigration official. This official will make sure that the​ Americans employed by his pal’s wife are “overlooked” in​ the​ event of​ a​ rare and​ unheard of​ immigration crackdown.

That is​ how life operates in​ his country!

To get work in​ Mexico all depends on who you know, how you contact them, and​ how you are willing to​ treat them. Come across like the​ stereotypical sour grapes American and​ you will not get a​ job. Come across as​ someone who is​ loving, caring, and​ respects Mexican culture and​ you might get a​ good job because the​ Mexican businessperson likes you.

Just remember this: Mexico is​ a​ country where “The Right hand never knows or​ cares what the​ Left hand is​ doing.” You will just have to​ come here and​ try to​ get work. You might find some. Then again, you might not!

So, can you get work in​ Mexico?

“Yes. No. Maybe. I don’t know. Could you repeat the​ question?”




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