Perú's economy is one of the fastest growing among all Latin America countries, and employers are hiring across most professional areas. Since 2002, it has had strong economic change: annual GDP growth averaged 6.4%, while employment grew by 2.4% each year.
Those who have experience in the areas of finance, banking, mining or public services, will be able to find a lot of job opportunities in Perú, as well as those who are recognized as technical experts in the agriculture, engineering, mining, IT and healthcare sector.
Nowadays, Lima employs one-third of the country's workforce and it offers the best and largest variety of job opportunities.
Given this need for experienced professionals, there has been a growing number of non-nationals who have found their career opportunities in Perú over the past ten years, representing a growing of almost 600% between 2000 and 2012. However, Peruvian law establishes that foreign employees may not constitute more than 20% of the total number of employees of a local company, even if it's owned by a national or foreign capital.
The job market in Perú becoming more diverse, and professional specializations are highly valued.
Nowadays, employers seek candidates who also have socio-emotional ‘soft skills' and not only the required technical or specialized ones, as well as dynamic professionals who can combine the ability to obtain and analyse sectorial information and have a professional vision to develop both internal and external business relationships.
The first information a Peruvian employer will want to see is your CV (curriculum vitae) - an in depth look at your work and educational experience that, ideally, should not be longer than two pages.
To apply for a job, you should develop the Professional Experiences part and be brief about personal information. Some of the companies will ask you the contact number of your former company. The best way is to include it in your CV.
In Perú, it is advisable to make a "follow up" phone call or send an email to make sure they have received your application if the company does not respond within four weeks.
A cover letter usually accompanies a CV in a job application. In the format of a letter, it establishes your tone and intent.
Interviews are a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Research the company before the interview to discover their missions and direction. It is not uncommon for them to be a series of interviews, with the first lasting 30-60 min, and further meetings possibly taking an entire day.
Since 1st January 2019, the national minimum wage for an experienced adult employee increased to 1730.34 PEN/Month (US $524,80) from 1693.40 PEN/Month (US $513,60) in December 2018.
An experienced adult employee for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act is an employee who has an employment of any kind over the age of 18. However, the national minimum wage does not stop an employer from offering a higher wage.
The following ones are the official bank holidays days per year:
When seeking for a job in Perú, it is recommended to get the special permit to sign contracts in Perú (Permiso para firmar contratos en Perú), which will allow you to sign both work and rental contracts, as well as access to a job, training offers and other services offered by the government.
Search engines allow you to scan a great variety of jobs and narrow down your search on certain criteria. It is also a good idea to post your CV online so hiring managers can find you. They may also allow you to sign-up for e-mail alerts when new jobs become available.
The following are the biggest search engines available in Perú.
Most agencies specialize in a particular field, such as computers, nursing, secretarial work, accounting, catering, or construction. There are also "Head hunting" agencies that are hired by large companies to recruit executives, managers or professionals.
To find an appropriate agency, look for "employment agencies" in the yellow pages.
Several papers, radio or Tv programs have a helpful classified's section. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions, like teaching, computers, and media.
Career fairs are an excellent way to find out about available jobs and opportunities. There are a large variety of employers you can visit in one day. Entrance is usually free, but registering online might be encouraged. Bring your resume and dress to impress, as there may be interviews on the spot.
You can find out about upcoming fairs in your industry on the homepage of the Lima Expo Database
Sometimes getting a job is about knowing the right people. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you would like to work.
You can travel to Perú with your working place already assigned. However, if you first want to travel to the country as a tourist to settle down before you look for a working position, you can also do that before your tourist visa expires.
In this case, you will need to present some documents to the National Superintendence: Original and copy of current passport and the Andean Migration Card (TAM), the payment in the Banco de la Nación for the permit (S16 – US$5) and the Migratory Quality Visa Change - F004 property filled in, in order to change your visa status into resident/worker, etc.
Please refer to "Passport & Visa" section of the guide for full details.
English-speaking expats are in high demand for teaching English. Language schools usually require applicants to be natives and a college degree. You must have adequate visa clearance and registration. Most schools will supply you the intent to employ so you can secure a visa.
The easiest way to get started teaching English is to find a school. The best situations are companies that pay adequately and aid in getting visa paperwork completed. These positions may be difficult to come by and there is fierce competition for the best.
Applicants usually submit their resume and application, and if the school approves, the applicant will be asked for an interview. The interview may consist of a sample lesson or a grammar test. Some schools will throw teachers right in for a 90 minute class where the school observes and either offers the job, or does not.
It is common for new teachers to only receive a few classes at first. If they are able to prove themselves reliable and are able to handle a class, they will gradually be given more classes. Some teachers work at two schools or also give private lessons.
Teaching in the state sector is the most lucrative strain of teaching. These jobs are hard to come by without experience and the best qualifications. These positions offer the paid holidays, excellent salary, and a good pension.
It is also an option to give private lessons. These are usually more profitable per hour, but require a lot more work finding customers. The best way to get private students is to post advertisements in business newspapers, on bulletin boards, or offer your resume on expat site's like Easy Expat's Job Listings. Having basic native language skills will help expand your clientele as you can then work with beginners.
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