Working in Ecuador
and where do I look for a job?
Waiting for a job to come to you can be eternal, it is best
to have an idea of the kinds of places that could interest
you for a job and present yourself and offer your services.
Always have on hand several copies of your resume so that
you can leave them somewhere that you think may at sometime
require your services.
The local papers always have a classified section with
job announcements every day, especially on Sunday. Also
you can visit cafes, restaurants, internet cafes and other
such places that have foreign clientele and offer your
services. In language schools, travel agencies and gyms,
you can ask if there are any vacancies that need to be
How to conduct a job
A job interview could be the most pleasant experience
or the worst experience for you, even more so if you are
in a completely different country. Ecuador gives preferential
and very kind treatment to tourists so you shouldn't worry.
Depending on the type of job you are looking for, it
is recommended that you dress formally, in the case of
guides, English teachers, or sports instructors, this
may not be necessary. Find out before hand the type of
job (hours, days and salary) that the company or institute
is offering and maybe you could find the name of the person
that will conduct the interview and find out what his
personality is like and then you can give an interview
to the person's liking. Be punctual or arrive at least
5 minutes before, this is a good first step to obtaining
Some of the things that should never be missing from
- Present your updated resume (make sure it includes
your language abilities, computer programs you are fluent
in using and important degrees obtained that can be
used here in Ecuador)
- Respond to the questions asked but also make sure
you ask everything you want to (working hours, if there
is extra pay for extra hours, work place, traveling
expenses, uniform, insurance, how you will be paid (check,
cash), if some type of discount will be taken out of
your pay, if you need receipts, etc)
- Come across as being sure of yourself and confident
during the entire interview.
- Ask Ecuadorian friends about the place where you
want to work and for trustworthy references.