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How to Get a Job in Cancun


A lot of people helped me in one way or another to get a job when I moved here. Some online before I arrived (My current boss answered my questions about living here online 11 years ago!) and some after I arrived. Today I would like to share just a little of my insight with anyone who might be considering moving here.

1. Research research research.

There is way more information online now about moving to Mexico and getting a job than when I moved here. There are many more blogs and forums. Do your research before you ask questions that have been asked a million times. Don’t post something like “I am moving to Cancun and I am looking for a job,” on the board. You will never get a job that way and anyone who has moved here and done all of their own legwork to find a job is just going to be irritated by you. This forum is a great resource…


This is my friend Kelly who blogs about living and working in Cancun, but there are many more people who do the same…


2. Plan plan plan.

Don’t leave any debts behind. I sold my (paid for) car to pay off my credit card debt. Have some money saved, at least a few thousand dollars. Have one credit card for emergencies. Make lists of what you need/want to bring and use a calendar to keep track of when you need to have certain things done.

3. You’ve got two options, teach English or sell timeshare.

This isn’t 100% true, but it’s probably 99% true. Unless you have a contact or friend here, these are your two best opportunities to get a job. There is a possibility of getting a call center position or an entertainment job in a hotel as well, but you aren’t going to get a job as a bartender, waiter or front desk clerk, these jobs are reserved for Mexican nationals. Many foreigners start in these positions, and as they find their sea legs or their Cancun legs as it were, they start to make friends and contacts and become aware of other opportunities.

4. You may not have to speak Spanish or submit a resume in Spanish.

My first job here was teaching English (for this company) and they didn’t want us to speak one word of Spanish to the students…perfect! If you are applying for a job where you will be mostly speaking only English you will probably not need a resume in Spanish. I have never submitted a resume in Spanish for any of my jobs here.

5. You will need an FM3 (permission to work).

This is not as difficult now as it was in the past. You may have to pay for your FM3 and the lawyers fees to obtain it, but most companies here will work with you and help you to get your permission to work.

UPDATE: Mexico’s immgration laws have changed a lot since I wrote this post. It is now all but impossible to come to Cancun and change your tourist visa to a work visa. In other words, you must be hired from your country of origin. It is important to research the new laws before considering a move to Cancun.

I’d be happy to answer any (not dumb lol) questions so go ahead and ask!

It’s a little off topic but here is an amazing list of bloggers that have been chosen to promote Mexico. My friend Kelly is part of this group! Well maybe it’s not really off topic because you can learn a lot about living in Mexico from these blogs.


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