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Old 12-18-2016   #1 (permalink)
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New to forum, looking for work :)

Hi All,

I am new to this forum, which I found while looking for information about work/prospects in PDC.

I am living here for few months now, trying to find a sustainable job with not so much of results
So I thought I will take a shot and try here - maybe some of you are looking to hire new people or "knows someone"

Shortly about myself:
I am 28 male, graduate of Power Engineering with additional postgraduate studies (energy auditing). I have 1 year of experience as energy efficiency analysist and 2 years of experience as project engineer in Oil&Gas Company.
I am fluent in english with basics (communicative) spanish. As a person I am "happy spirit", quick learner, always looking to new challanges and adventures (I know it sounds a little bit cliche but that's true).

Considering the type of area, I am obviously interested in working at other industries.

Therefore, if anyone would be interested or knows someone that could be, please let me know Also I can send my resume in pdf if you provide e-mail or so.

Thanks in advance and have a nice day all,

Saludos/Cheers

Tomas
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Old 12-18-2016   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Tomas,
Do you have permission to work in Mexico, either temporary residency with permission to work or permanent residency? Without it, finding legal work is difficult. If you don't have it, you'll find very few places willing to provide you with the necessary paperwork (offer letter, other paperwork needed for immigration),although not impossible.

Your best option is time share sales in the large hotels. They will help you get your permission to work.

You should also check out the Expats & Locals in Playa del Carmen page on Facebook. Sometimes people post jobs that you don't require a work permission....working for a Canadian or American company remotely, for example.

If you want to work under the table, there are a million jobs out there but just be very, very careful. You will get deported when caught.
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Old 12-20-2016   #3 (permalink)
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Hi,

I've investigated the matter of work permission and it looks like this - to receive work permission first I need to find potential employer, then when he "declares" (or something like that) that he will hire me, I can apply for visa.

Indeed I see many job offers related with sales, but honestly do you think that is reliable good source of money? I mean obviously it needs some time, good attitude and a lot of patience to be good at it but I mean in long term..?

Thanks in advance

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Old 12-20-2016   #4 (permalink)
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I know people who have made very good money in time share sales but it's not for everyone.
You should fully expect to make very little money (when comparing to US or Canada) regardless of the position. I would say a very good paying job would make $20,000 mxn a month. But, most people I know make around $10,000 to $14,000 a month. I know some waitresses in a bar and they make about $6000 a month + tips but they aren't raking in tips (the bar is mostly filled with young people from Mexico, South America and Europe - not big tippers).
You should also expect to work 6 days a week, generally 8 to 6 for 5 days and then 8 to 2 on Saturdays. This is if you are working full time. But again the time shares Sale people I know work far less than that.
I would say you should also expect most of the jobs available to be tourism related.

If you're a decent swimmer/snorkeler you could try to get in with a company like Cancun Adventures. I don't know if they hire people without Spanish language skills though. They might.

These are my experiences and knowledge from 4 years here and with a bunch of friends in many different jobs. Certainly not an expert but just sharing what I know.
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Old 12-20-2016   #5 (permalink)
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Also if you are considering working illegally don't even consider working in a public place on or near 5th. Immigration loves to do raids and just did one yesterday. You will be deported and not welcome back for up to 10 years. They also love to do raids in Tulum and places where tour operators bring groups- like the whale shake tour ports in Cancun.

Like shooting fish in a barrel.
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Old 12-21-2016   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Tomas.


Are you willing to go other places in Mexico? Mexico City or one of the oil towns would have more opportunities in your field if you're interested in professional work. There's a relatively large expat community in Mexico City of young professionals, though most (that I've met at least) found their job first in their home countries and then transferred. Salaries in Mexico City (in professional careers) are much higher than anything you'd find in the tourist industry in Playa (unless you become the super star time share guy).


Of course, if you're only interested in the slow paced beach life of Playa, the disregard what I said.
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Old 12-22-2016   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for your responses and information!

@u2girlie That clears a lot for me. I mean I am currently considering entering the tourism/sales business but I am expecting the first weeks/months can be rough as I am lacking of experience there. I have to say that working in restaurant/hotel "on 5th" ran through my mind but considering what you've told me that option is no longer on the table

@DrewJones It's not a matter if I am willing or not - the thing is I moved here because my Girlfriend lives here, so Mexico City is unfortunately not much of and option. And yes while I was scouting jobs in Mexico maaany of them are located there, but for now I don't see how that can work.

I am aware that living here on a decent level is probably more a dream than a probability, but I am still not giving up !

Today I came back from one "interview" for a callcenter, have any of you ever tried that? They are selling tourist packs/trips to Canadian citizens from here. As I understood, the salary is only from your sold packages cut (10%), obviously they are praising the job that you can win a lot etc. but I don't know how that's reflecting the reality..

Anyway in 2 days we're leaving for christmas and I will be back in January, so if I will give it a shot to try there, I would start then. However any info about that would be appreciated.

Also one person told me that it's not to hard to find a job as a English Teacher (she recommender Harmon Hall School I believe). I tried to contact them but I had only response from Chetumal, which is too far I am affraid.

Thanks in advance

Cheers/Saludos

Tomas
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Old 12-22-2016   #8 (permalink)
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P.s. @u2girlie -I am good swimmer and I love water activities, however I have not experience in proffesional snorkeling/diving. Do you think that those schools have some kind of initial trainig or you have to come with already proffescional bacgrond?
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Old 12-22-2016   #9 (permalink)
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@DrewJones It's not a matter if I am willing or not - the thing is I moved here because my Girlfriend lives here, so Mexico City is unfortunately not much of and option. And yes while I was scouting jobs in Mexico maaany of them are located there, but for now I don't see how that can work.

If your girlfriend is Mexican, then the easiest way to get your work rights is to get married or have a child.
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If your girlfriend is Mexican, then the easiest way to get your work rights is to get married or have a child.
That's easy???
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That's easy???
Too funny
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If your girlfriend is Mexican, then the easiest way to get your work rights is to get married or have a child.
If you get residente permanente, you can work. Much easier than getting married or having a kid
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If you get residente permanente, you can work. Much easier than getting married or having a kid


How do you suggest someone qualify if they don't have a wife, kid, money (investor visa), existing job offer, or pension?
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How do you suggest someone qualify if they don't have a wife, kid, money (investor visa), existing job offer, or pension?
No wife, no money, no kid, no pension

I am retired. I have a pension and SS and investments.

I could work if I wanted to.

I do not want to. I would rather cook, sit in the sun on the patio some, and drink.

I could take a job though, as a permanente, if I wanted to. I am employable
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Old 12-23-2016   #15 (permalink)
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No wife, no money, no kid, no pension

I am retired. I have a pension and SS and investments.

I could work if I wanted to.

I do not want to. I would rather cook, sit in the sun on the patio some, and drink.

I could take a job though, as a permanente, if I wanted to. I am employable

I assume you qualified with the pension. OP is only 28, so I assume he's a ways off from getting a pension. Which is why getting married is probably his easiest route! (assuming he's ok living with the other consequences.)
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