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Old 06.07.2015, 20:44
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if you are currently looking for a job too - and find it rather depressing and difficult - how are you coping with the difficulties. What is your tip for not getting too frustrated or depressed ? How do you motivate yourself over and over again? Thank you for your replies on that problem. Any suggestions and ideas are appreciated and very welcome.

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I am in the same position. I have been here for 2 months now. For the first month I did an intensive German Course in Migros. I then managed to find a job!! Happy days... 2 weeks later I was unemployed again due to my lack of German (and Portuguese and Italian as well as Albanian). That was a real kick in the teeth. I have only just started to pull myself back up and get myself together again. This is no easy feat. I knew it would be hard. I have to look at it as a positive that I have come this far and learnt what I have already. I have a lot to loose if I can't make it here. Try not to dwel on it. Continue to persevere and dont give up. If you have free time, use it to do things you always said you wanted to do. Take up a hobby, work out, paint or whatever makes you happy. I spend a fair few hours a day looking for jobs and trying to learn German. I try to have breaks and do things like going for a run or going out with my camera. These things help me forget. If you think about it too much it will bring you down. Try not to worry. You will find something. So will I. Just gotta keep your chin up and fight on. If for some chance it doesn't work, at least you can say to yourself you tried your best. That's all we can do. Many other people have been in our situation and made it. So there is hope. Just know you're not alone in this. 👍
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Old 06.07.2015, 21:28
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I am in the same position. I have been here for 2 months now. For the first month I did an intensive German Course in Migros. I then managed to find a job!! Happy days... 2 weeks later I was unemployed again due to my lack of German (and Portuguese and Italian as well as Albanian). That was a real kick in the teeth. I have only just started to pull myself back up and get myself together again. This is no easy feat. I knew it would be hard. I have to look at it as a positive that I have come this far and learnt what I have already. I have a lot to loose if I can't make it here. Try not to dwel on it. Continue to persevere and dont give up. If you have free time, use it to do things you always said you wanted to do. Take up a hobby, work out, paint or whatever makes you happy. I spend a fair few hours a day looking for jobs and trying to learn German. I try to have breaks and do things like going for a run or going out with my camera. These things help me forget. If you think about it too much it will bring you down. Try not to worry. You will find something. So will I. Just gotta keep your chin up and fight on. If for some chance it doesn't work, at least you can say to yourself you tried your best. That's all we can do. Many other people have been in our situation and made it. So there is hope. Just know you're not alone in this. 👍
Thank you for your kind words Setho.
I hope you will find something suitable very soon. Fingers crossed.
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Old 06.07.2015, 22:54
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Re: Hunting for a job

You're not alone:

Reaching the point of giving up

The job the dreams... Not

I'm sorry I don't have any amazing words of wisdom to make it easier. You just have to keep trying, working on your language skills, and making sure you tailor each application/cover letter so the company sees they can't live without you.
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Thank you 3Wishes
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Re: Hunting for a job

As 3wishes said, do not give up and make sure the trigger words from the ad are in your letter.

Going through the same so I know what/how it is.

Make sure your letter/CV/documentation is grammatically correct (I always sorted out badly written letters/CVs when people applied for jobs in our company (no, I am not an HR person)).

Depending on what kind of job you apply for, maybe add some of your key projects you excelled at.

Try to get into contact with headhunters, not only the bigger names but also the smaller local ones.

As in motivation? My motivation is to try and get a job before I need to go to the RAV

It is difficult and sometimes depressing, but do not give up. Have a look also at your credentials and see what you can improve, better language skills, another certification?

Good luck!
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As 3wishes said, do not give up and make sure the trigger words from the ad are in your letter.

Going through the same so I know what/how it is.

Make sure your letter/CV/documentation is grammatically correct (I always sorted out badly written letters/CVs when people applied for jobs in our company (no, I am not an HR person)).

Depending on what kind of job you apply for, maybe add some of your key projects you excelled at.

Try to get into contact with headhunters, not only the bigger names but also the smaller local ones.

As in motivation? My motivation is to try and get a job before I need to go to the RAV

It is difficult and sometimes depressing, but do not give up. Have a look also at your credentials and see what you can improve, better language skills, another certification?

Good luck!
Thank you so much roegner!
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Old 06.07.2015, 23:51
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. . . working on your language skills. . .
You haven't looked at her profile, have you ?
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You haven't looked at her profile, have you ?
Nope, too hot to do things like use my brain. Then again, perhaps OP is just trying to be helpful to others, as she seems to already have a job .
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Nope, too hot to do things like use my brain. Then again, perhaps OP is just trying to be helpful to others, as she seems to already have a job .
Perhaps the word 'job hunt' is wrong if one has a job (but is utterly unhappy with it) and keep looking for something else before going mental? What would the correct word be here?
However 3Wishes was also correct by saying 'working on your language skills' because in a lot of jobs, so it seems to me, you have to be fluent not only in German but also in French, Italian and English which I am not.

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However 3Wishes was also correct by saying 'working on your language skills' because in a lot of jobs, so it seems to me, you have to be fluent not only in German but also in French, Italian and English which I am not.
Right, as it can give you the "extra" for people to decide to hire you. When I applied for my current job, it was an added benefit being able to speak Dutch as they have a big factory in Belgium. And being fluent in English seems to help with a lot of jobs!
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Right, as it can give you the "extra" for people to decide to hire you. When I applied for my current job, it was an added benefit being able to speak Dutch as they have a big factory in Belgium. And being fluent in English seems to help with a lot of jobs!
Dechen01, you English seems excellent, so don't understate that.
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Re: Hunting for a job

when i was job hunting, i used to wake up in the morning at 09:00 go for a jog up triemly hill, do a set of exercises there (push ups, squats etc), come down (pop into coop for fresh bread), make bfast and start the day.
that way my heart was pumping and i was always optimistic...no matter the amount of rejections i had to deal with...
rinse and repeat the next day
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when i was job hunting, i used to wake up in the morning at 09:00 . . .
You were looking for a job in IT ?
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correct. happily employed after 2 weeks of hunting.
mind you those two weeks were hell with uncertainty...i was lucky
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Re: Hunting for a job

I was going through this process when I was unable to renew my contract in Lausannne -- best way to go about your job hunt is to use jobup.ch or apply to large corporations. Frequent the expat bars and you will be surprised how many people would be willing to help or provide tips in positions vacant in their organisation. all it takes is knowing 1 person to get your IN
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There is a distinct lack of Bears and sadly no man eating Crocodiles also somebody is always shooting the last wolf in Graubünden, perhaps tree surgery or a position in the IT industry would be a safer option.
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Old 13.07.2015, 12:03
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Re: Hunting for a job

Waking up earlier and exercising seems like something to look forward to each morning great idea.

What do you all think about looking for part-time work or the so-called "Zwischenverdienst"? or something outside your preferred role? Is it really helpful or just prolonging the inevitable??
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