by Scoop (July 7, 2017)
n many regions around the globe we’re hitting a milestone as we approach the half way point through the summer selling season for timeshare and before most of us can correctly pronounce the Hawaiian word humuhumunukunukuapua’a (reef triggerfish), within 60 days from this week the 2017 summer season will officially be ‘history’.
So Here’s The Scoop: In last week’s Scoop, “It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Night” I mentioned that due to the consolidation of timeshare industry companies within the United States there could be a bright future for those willing to seize new opportunities by taking a peek at other possibilities and then perhaps exploring what may be available to them simply for the asking.
With that in mind I present one such option this week for those in marketing, sales and management who might be interested in new opportunities ‘abroad’ and how those folks could consider the upcoming 2017/18 high season in México that is also right around the corner.
In the interest of full disclosure and for those who may not know, I did work, live and play in México for nearly a decade and quite frankly the income was pretty darn good, security was never a concern, the cost of living was very attractive and the Méxican folks, including the authorities, were mostly authentically courteous, helpful and genuinely friendly.
Oh, and IMO, the food was especially wonderful, the beer always ice cold, the salsas were to die for and in an odd sort of way, at least from my perspective, marketing and selling slices of paradise in México was kind of like being retired – but with full pay and other perks.
You see in a country bordered by the Pacific ocean, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez and with over 4,000 miles of mostly pristine beaches and blue skies, etc., working there basically offers a ‘day at the office’ that runs from around 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (or so) and then the rest of the time is left to do whatever pleases each individual.
Hey there, speaking of things to do — with some regional restrictions, name the activity and in México you can get it all, from bowling, shopping, dining, movies, theater (including opera and ballet) to surfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing & world class golfing, etc.
And if you like exploring nature, how about hiking, bike riding, whale watching or star gazing? No problema, amigas y amigos; and if horseback riding along some of those incredible beaches or up-country is alluring then saddle up Pilgrim, ‘cause, as I said, México has it all including, by the way, affordable and very good health care.
That said (and a whole bunch left out), the key to being successful while living, working and playing in México all starts, as it does back home, with the company (developer – and friends, too) you are going to be associated with.
And unbeknownst to many industry working ‘stiffs’ around the world there are actually outstanding developers in México who offer some exceptional long term propositions for peeps in ‘the biz’, including those multilingual folks capable of speaking the languages of some of the European nations as well.
Via e-mail I am sometimes asked, what is the best way to get a ‘job’ in México and which developers should they work for and/or avoid like the plague.
My response always begins by asking if they’ve been to México before or do they just have a dream of working in a place like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Mazatlan, Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa, Acapulco or the incredible ‘Baja’.
I also suggest that the best way to land a deal in México is not just through a friend who may be working there (or once did) or by just calling up a resort out of the blue and then trying to get ahold of the timeshare SM, PD, DM, or DOS, etc.
Sure, those methods work but a better way is selecting the desired location in advance and then with passport in hand to fly there for a week or two on vacation and while there to go around to each resort and meet the reps, closers and management, etc. to get an overall ‘feel’ for everything.
Once in country I also recommend that they quickly find out where the ‘Expats’ hang out after work and then frequent those places so they can meet some of ‘em and pick their brains as well.
For anyone reading this week’s ‘Scoop’ who might be interested in doing this, one of the best times of the year to git ‘er done is right after (U.S.) Labor Day when flights and a place to stay in México usually cost a lot less than the rest of the year.
Plus, here’s a little secret: At the beginning of each September the tour flow in México pretty much dries up (common knowledge) but this is also the time when many of the Expats working there leave for their vacations – some for as long as 1, 2 or 3 months.
And that means there is a great opportunity to meet with management and strike a deal, in part, because management will usually have and take the time in Sept to ‘chat’ with potential candidates because deep in the recesses of their minds they really never know (for sure) who’ll be returning from their vacations.
Of course you’ll wanna bring your ‘A’ game because despite the popular notion held by ‘some’, not every expat working in México is a ‘heat-merchant’, a bum, a slob, a drunk, a drug addict or a mass murderer on the lam from Interpol, etc.
In fact it’s quite the contrary and speaking from personal experience some of the most talented, delightful and honest stand-up folks I ever had the pleasure of knowing – be they Expats or Méxican folks working in the Land of Time – was during my years in México.
Good Luck Out There
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