Friday, October 26, 2012

Negative Job Outlook for Argentina

I’m really frustrated by the fact that it's been four months and I can’t find a job in Argentina! Most career opportunities are in the capital of Buenos Aires, but that’s not an option for me at this time.

Fortunately, I own my home so I don't have to worry about losing the roof over my head. The main reason I want a job is so that I can buy food, pay my utilities and buy more furniture for my home. Many people I've spoken to have warned me that find work here would be tough.

The most important thing you need to know about working in Argentina is that it’s not about your skills or educational background. It’s about who you know. 

You need the following to work here:
  • A DNI (if you're an Argentinean resident or citizen or have a work visa)
  • A visa
  • A CUIL number (equivalent to a social security number in the United States)
Owning Your Own Business
I've been advised by several people that the best way to earn money in Argentina is to open up a business. If you have the money to do this then I highly recommend it, but keep in mind that if your business flops, there is no form of government bail out (like bankruptcy) in Argentina.

If you're thinking of opening up a restaurant, do some marketing research first. There are dozens of restaurants that sell the same thing, like pizza, bread crumb sandwiches, lomitos, and burgers, in the same neighborhood. Half of those businesses fail within a year. Try bringing something unique to the area you're living in.

If food isn't your specialty, then try opening up a computer repair shop. Argentina is becoming more dependent on electronic gadgets day by day. Laptops and desktops require maintenance, here more than in the States. I've bought a couple of electronic accessories in Argentina that didn't last more than a month or two. So a computer repair center is something worth considering. 

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