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Finding a job in Argentina as an expat

Located in South America, the country is blessed with a growing economy and rich culture and heritage. With the unemployment rate declining annually, finding work in the city is not difficult for expats residing in or out of its territory. The nation is a hub of countless multinational and international companies offering jobs to specialized and skilled professionals from any part of the world. There are many job opportunities open to highly skilled foreign engineers, managers and executives, medical practitioners, etc. For low-skilled expats, there are lesser opportunities, yet this does not imply access to the Argentinian labor market is not possible. Certain jobs are available in industries such as tourism, construction, manufacturing, etc. Working in the country for at least three months requires a temporary work visa, which allows expats to engage in work activities while residing in the country. 

Finding work as an expat

Foreigners looking for open job positions can search on the internet or visit the website pages of companies located within the city or international companies with branches here. They can also send unsolicited applications to organizations they desire to work for. Another option is to contact the Argentine chamber of commerce or the Argentine economic mission in their home country to find out more about employment opportunities, and all the formalities involved like obtaining a work permit. Expats residing in the nation can check the vacancy sections in any Argentinian newspapers for advertised positions here

Requirements for expats finding work

There are certain requirements to meet when applying for a job abroad. Among them are the following:

Language proficiency

Having a good knowledge of Spanish, the official language not only helps during communication with locals but gives expats applying for jobs an added advantage. A good grasp of English and Portuguese will also boast an expat’s chances of landing a specialized position. Therefore, ensure you can speak these languages fluently before applying. However, if you can’t, there are a few jobs available for non-speakers. 

Proper formatted CV

Applicants are required to submit a CV when applying for a job. The general format is to keep it brief and only necessary information should be present, from the newest to oldest. Writing a CV is easy but there are rules to it. Firstly, include your civil status then list your career objective and previous education, it will help to find the Argentine equivalent of your diploma. Add any foreign language proficiency and extracurricular activities. Lastly, ensure the CV arrangement is adapted to the company you are applying to, rather than sending the same formatted CV to all of them. 

Submit a cover letter

A cover letter usually takes a page at most. This is where an applicant introduces himself, has little achievements, and shows knowledge about the company and what it does. It should also include an applicant’s skills and ability to meet the requirements of the job position he or she is applying for. In addition, it can include the salary expectation upon getting the job. Different cover letters apply to different companies and job positions, so, an expat must research well on the company and what the role requires before applying. 

Work visa

An expat requires a work visa to enter any part of the territory. Aside from this, foreigners also need a work permit issued by the government to work for any company based here. Usually, expats choose to travel to the country on a tourist visa then upon landing a job, they acquire a permit to work. However, you may choose to apply for a job from your home country, and when you receive a job offer from an employer, you can then relocate.

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