Excerpted from the Panama Career Guide
Job Search Resources
If you’re looking for job in Panama, you’ll find a wide variety of ways, both formal and informal, to seek and identify job opportunities. Because of Panama’s relatively high level of Internet penetration — 52.7 percent, second-highest in the region that includes Central America and Mexico, which averages 44.10 percent — online tools are becoming increasingly common, and websites have become a powerful way to access employment information in the country. Two websites, Tecoloco and Konzerta, typically post the largest number of job ads in the country. Most local daily and weekly newspaper websites publish job opportunities in great numbers, chiefly on Sundays and Mondays, with La Prensa outstanding among these. Other major sites, including INCAE Business School's page, are internal Intranet sites that post many positions before they are published in newspapers and job pools, though not in an exclusive manner.
Online Job Sites
Un Mejor Empleo Panama
This site offers separate job opportunities for Panama, the rest of Central America and Mexico, and South America. Typical searches for Panama on this site result in more than 600 opportunities. In addition, the site provides useful career development information, including job search recommendations, advice on job interview attire, and résumé-writing guidance. Details for all job opportunities, including company name, are freely available. Registration is not required to search for vacancies, but it is required to apply for a job.
Government Employment Resources
Public Employment Facility (Servicio Público de Empleo – SERPE) of Panama Labor Ministry (Ministerio de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral)
SERPE is a free public service that aims to link people available for work, unemployed and underemployed, with businesses in need of workers. Those interested can register at Panama Labor Ministry offices located throughout the country and also in the offices of organizations that collaborate with the ministry, such as Zona Libre de Colón, province municipalities and training centers of INADEH. Registration requirements include an up-to-date résumé, photocopies of diplomas, photocopies of recommendation letters (for candidates with work experience) and an identification card. The system also provides access to training, labor orientation and insertion programs, as well as registration at the public employment service SERPE.
Ministerio de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral
Tumba Muerto vía Ricardo J Alfaro
Plaza Edison, Quinto Piso
Ciudad de Panama, Panama
Tel: 507-800-0016, 507-504-1602
US-based GoAbroad.com provides international education and alternative travel databases. In addition to some of the largest directories of this kind on the Internet, GoAbroad.com provides extensive additional information with travel guides, a currency converter and embassy directories. It offers information on many organizations and internship programs in Panama.
Email: Online contact form (Click on “Contact Us” button)
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Konzerta engages in headhunting to meet the human resource needs of Panamanian companies. It has a special team equipped with cutting-edge human resource technology, and significant experience in program design and implementation in Latin America. Konzerta also offers a free app through which thousands of vacancies can be directly browsed.
Torres de las Americas
5th Floor, office tower B
504 Panama City, Panama
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Latin Top Jobs Panama
Latin Top Jobs has more than 20 years of experience in Central America, where it is among the top choices for staff selection and evaluation. A major goal of Latin Top Jobs Panama is bringing together top candidates and top companies for the right position. To do so, it relies on candidates’ training and experience, as well as results from intelligence and skill and personality tests, to understand candidates’ profiles and abilities. Latin Top Jobs provides a number of free services including a regional talent database and advice to improve résumés, as well as negotiation services for compensation packages. Other services provided for a fee include the Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment (BTSA) and the Brain Predominance Test.
Latin Top Jobs Vía Grecia
Edificio Vall Halla, PB
Urbanización El Carmen
Ciudad de Panama, Panama
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Busca Fácil is a supplement, included daily in Panama City’s La Prensa and Mi Diario newspapers, with job opportunities in summary format. On any given day, up to 400 positions are published. All positions require Spanish as the native language, and some specify ‘bilingual’ to indicate English is required.
Tel: +507 222-1222
This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Panama guide.