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Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Here is another "class" of email I receive regularly, from people who are vaguely interested in possibly moving to Panama but they really have not done enough homework yet: "I will be considering moving to the David, Panama area next year, and seeking information on what Telecommunication carriers are in the area. Landline or wireless. I have over 25 years in the telecom sector and currently working for Verizon Wireless in Phoenix, Arizona. I would need to get a job there and I wanted to ask if you could pass my resume around to you're many contacts and supply info on the in's and out's of getting established there. Thank You in advance." The basic answer is that it's relatively hard to get a job working for someone else here in Panama unless you're a Panamanian. Most people who need an income start a business and hire people. Panama loves it when you start up a business, and they also try to make sure Panamanians get the jobs first before foreigners. In any case, please feel free to add your comments below, and thanks.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 09 2008 @ 05:33 PM UTC

This falls in the "funny, but sad" catagory when people think they can waltz into any country and begin working. There is one element they forget ...two simple words...WORK PERMIT.
The process is a long one and expensive,and in the end, if a Panamanian can fill the job, you'll be denied anyway.


Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 09 2008 @ 11:51 PM UTC

I also think it is really funny that some one with an large IT background would not check out work status here in Panama! As a Former WAN Engineer, we had various contacts with other companies around the world! Most do not hire outside their own companies and country! There are exception, very, very few! These individuals obviously want every one to do their research for them! Yea, I want to work on wall street? Can any get me a job there!!! LOL!!

Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, October 25 2008 @ 04:14 PM UTC

Well,not all visitors to this site are uninformed about jobs In panama. I was a Zonian for 18 years and my parents both worked in Panama for 40 years as federal employees that allow them and thier children the right to work in Panama per the 1976 treaty by President Carter,,,now and forever.
So ,,yes ,,some people dont do thier homework,,But I have and plan on returning shortly to the Panamanian workforce,,,,just in case some of you out there would like to know.
Also ownership of property can also give you access to the workfoce, once you become a Citizen.Go to the panama embassy website and they will enlighten you to this problem.

Thanks for reading,,I hope this helps some of you out there.

Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 01 2009 @ 11:44 PM UTC

I think the comments here are harsh. A lot of what keeps third world countries, third world countries is not allowing companies to hire extremely skilled workers from outside. That greatly limits a companies ability for growth if the available labor pool is unskilled in the needed position.
Hence all the diving accidents I've read about. If they hired more, lets say, hungry or enthusiastic workers from where ever, wanting a tip more than a nap, maybe those people would still be alive.

Why Do People Think They Can Work Here?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 22 2009 @ 03:28 PM UTC

I am half Panamanian, born in the Canal Zone, my mother was Panamanian and all her side of the family is still there. I and my husband go down to visit and my primos come and visit us here. I plan on living down there half the year and the other half up here in the US where my children and grandchildren are. My question is what of my husband, can he go down there to live with me for half the year also or does he have to get some kind of work permit? And if so, what does he need to do..