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Excerpted from the Panama Career Guide

Cover Letter Guidelines

The growth of email and online recruiting systems in Panama is pushing printed cover letters out of relevance, and in many cases recruiters do not even request the traditional cover letter. It is, however, always a good idea to have a letter ready, in order to optimize personal marketing.

A cover letter you send to an employer in Panama will be more effective if it meets certain 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 meet several 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 and Samples

Résumés are essential in Panama for personal branding success. Even though international and local guidelines exist, it is important that you customize each résumé to the specific company and job requirements. In other words, résumés must be, as much as possible, uniquely tailored to each job opportunity.

Panamanian employers — especially international ones — are most interested in résumés that describe teamwork, multicultural experience, creativity, leadership, analytical, financial and communication skills, and qualitative and quantitative achievements. Although different résumé formats exist in Panama, the most accepted one is the one-page résumé divided into four sections.

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

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