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Argentina - Finding Employment

The global financial meltdown caused an economic crisis that led to the loss of many jobs. Since then, the economy has been recovering, but there are still limited job openings for migrants travelling to Argentina. The rate of unemployment currently stands at 12 percent, although the government is working hard to reduce these numbers.

Expats who can speak Spanish, are interested in working for Argentinean wages, or applying for unpaid internships stand a higher chance of getting jobs in the country. Over the years, Argentina has had many migrants living and working there. Peruvians, Bolivians and Paraguayans are few of the people who can be found working in the domestic and agriculture sector in Argentina. Some Argentinians worry about the increase of migrants and the impact this has on employment.

For social security and taxation purposes, employers are required to register all their employees. However, to minimize costs, it is common to find employers operate illegally by not registering workers. From 2005, the government started a campaign aimed at reducing the number of undocumented workers. Individuals and companies found working illegally are fined. Expats who want to work in Argentina require a work permit, which is issued by the National Directorate of Migration. The employer or hiring company usually applies for a visa. However in some special circumstances, the consulate applies for the permit.

Once you get your work permit and arrive in Argentina, you are required to apply for a national identity document and a unique code for work identification or DNI. This is similar to the U.S. social security number and contains information about the worker. The personal number issued is the most important part of this document. When entering an agreement, especially in commercial and administrative situations, your DNI number is necessary.

To obtain your DNI, you need to register within 90 days of arrival in Argentina at the Registro Nacional de las Personas. Some of the documents required for this application include a birth certificate that has been signed and approved by the Argentine consul in your native country, a certificate of residence, a document confirming your personal address, and a tax identification code. You can obtain a certificate of residence from the national Directorate of Migration. The tax identification code, or CUIT, is needed by organizations so that they can contribute to taxes. Application for a CUIT is done via the Administracion Federal de Ingressos Publicos in the area where the business is located. The address on your identity card will be used if you do not have a commercial address.

You can apply for a CUIT either personally or through a third party. If you choose to apply on your own, you will be required to send the application form to the office of the AFIP. However, if you hire a third party to handle the application process, the application must be verified by the police, bank or a legal officer. CUIT applicants are required to provide a duplicate of their DNI. Expats that do not have a DNI should bring a duplicate of their travel permit or authentication of movement. AFIP will give you a duplicate of your application. Expats living in Argentina are required to carry their DNI or driving permit and a duplicate of the report, which proves their identity and current address.

There are a few places to look for work in Argentina. However, with the necessary skills and training, it is possible to find a job in this country.

If you are don’t want to work for local Argentinean companies, you can search for multinational and international companies with operations and vacancies in Argentina. There are many U.S., French and Spanish organizations in Argentina. You can also work for an NGO, of which there are several in Argentina. You might want to consider getting in touch with Argentinian NGOs to check if they have any openings. The ministry of foreign affairs of your nation of origin can supply you with information about NGOs in your home country that are operating in Argentina.

Job vacancies are often posted in the classifieds segments in daily papers like La Nación and El Clarín. These classifieds are both distributed in the daily paper and accessible on the web. There are a few expat daily papers in Argentina you can use to browse employment opportunities, including the Buenos Aires Herald. Look at different international daily papers such as Le Monde and Le Figaro (France) and Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (Germany) for employment opportunities in Argentina.

There are several job websites in Argentina, including Bumeran. Online platforms such as these enable you to look through the database and post your resume.

General applications via mail and internet are basic practice in Argentina. Before applying, find out which person to write to within your chosen organization, as this may increase your chances of being hired. This technique can be effective particularly when searching for internships, understudy temporary positions or while applying for a job as a language teacher. However, do remember that most internships are unpaid.

National Chambers of Commerce in Argentina like the German and French Chambers often provide information about foreign organizations based in Argentina. You can use this information to send job applications to relevant companies.

Language schools at times offer teaching jobs to international workers. For more information, use a business directory to identify nearby schools. Alternatively, you might decide to be private language tutor.

When you are invited for a job interview, be sure to dress well. Argentinians pay considerable attention to their appearances and expect the same from potential candidates. Interviews for managerial or supervisor positions may involve taking aptitude tests. Avoid exaggerating your qualifications and experience when sending job applications. Always focus on maintaining professionalism during your job interview.

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