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Excerpted from the Nicaragua Career Guide

Cover Letter Guidelines

Because of the growth of email, printed cover letters are losing relevance in Nicaragua; still, it is good idea to have an effective letter ready to optimize your personal marketing. Your cover letter gives you a chance to catch the attention of potential employers and to provide further details of why you are the best person for the job. You can submit it with your résumé, or you can send it after a meeting or conversation during which you submitted your résumé.

A cover letter you send to an employer in Nicaragua will be more effective if it meets several basic objectives. It must be specific and personalized; that is, addressed to a particular individual at the target company, preferably the one with decision-making authority. It must make clear why you are interested in working for the company, and should explain how you can add value or fill the needs of the company, based on your skills and achievements. In addition, your letter must convey the idea that you are the best person for the job, and should open doors to future action and communication — for instance, by suggesting a meeting.

Résumé/CV Guidelines

At a minimum, your résumé must follow certain guidelines. It must not be more than two pages and, ideally, should be one page long. It must be concisely written in terms of achievements, and take a positive tone. It must contain no typographical errors or misspellings. Do not include a salary record, references, marital or health status, height, nationality, religion, weight, ethnicity, sexual preference or reasons for leaving previous jobs, unless the employer requires one or more of these items.

Nicaraguan employers are most interested in résumés that describe teamwork, experience, creativity, leadership, analytical skills, financial and communication skills, and qualitative and quantitative achievements.

Although different résumé formats exist in Nicaragua, the most accepted one is the one-page résumé divided into four different sections.

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Nicaragua guide.

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