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Re: Chances of getting a job as an engineer

Has anyone experience with job agencies? Do they invite foreign persons for an interview? My husband will have his B permit in a few weeks, so it won't be a hassle for a company to employ him.
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Old 16.02.2015, 22:22
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Re: Chances of getting a job as an engineer

A lot of people I know are engineers and the market seems quite tough at the moment. My G/F who is an Engineer has been looking for 4-5 months now since her contract expired, so I would factor in at least 6 months search.

Baden is not that far from SO, and has 2 big engineering companies with locals around Switzerland. Alstom and ABB. Networking will be the key.
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Has anyone experience with job agencies? Do they invite foreign persons for an interview? My husband will have his B permit in a few weeks, so it won't be a hassle for a company to employ him.
if he has a B while someone else is paying for him, then that permit normally prohibits working in CH, and for a new contract you need a new permit. Not sure about a family unification, though...

Headhunters are usually friendly as they just need to fill a vacancy regardless of nationality. Experis comes to mind in IT, but I had pleasant experiences with Humanquest and Harvey Nash as well.
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He isn't looking for IT jobs but more in the field of production.

With the B permit he receives, he will have the same rights to work like a Swiss citizen.
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Old 16.02.2015, 23:16
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Re: Chances of getting a job as an engineer

As he speaks fluent French and English, he should focus his efforts on jobs that require those languages. He'll have better luck than applying for jobs where German is required.

I don't think he needs to go with an agency from the start. Just hop on the various job sites and start sending CVs. I recommend he waits to send CVs until after his permit is in hand, because otherwise his nationality could make potential employers think they have to apply for his permit. You can help him to put his CV into a "Swiss" format.
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He isn't looking for IT jobs but more in the field of production.

With the B permit he receives, he will have the same rights to work like a Swiss citizen.
No he will more then likely get one that says hes not entitled to work, thats standard. But once he finds a job all he needs is the work contract and a small fee to get it changed to a work permissable one or at least thats how it works for EU
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Old 16.02.2015, 23:31
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No he will more then likely get one that says hes not entitled to work, thats standard. But once he finds a job all he needs is the work contract and a small fee to get it changed to a work permissable one or at least thats how it works for EU
Married to Swiss is not the same as married to EU or even non-EU.

I'm a non-EU, married to a Swiss, and my permit came with working privileges from day one.
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Married to Swiss is not the same as married to EU or even non-EU.

I'm a non-EU, married to a Swiss, and my permit came with working privileges from day one.
Yes, that is true. It is what the migration office told us too.

Anyone has some inputs regarding agencies for technical jobs? Anyone used them? How did you proceed? Call or just send documents and a motivation letter? It would be good if my husband could talk to them directly which means he needs to be invited for an interview.
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No he will more then likely get one that says hes not entitled to work, thats standard. But once he finds a job all he needs is the work contract and a small fee to get it changed to a work permissable one or at least thats how it works for EU
Not true. That is not standard. Her husband has the right to work from day one, as are spouses of EU permit holders.


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Yes, that is true. It is what the migration office told us too.

Anyone has some inputs regarding agencies for technical jobs? Anyone used them? How did you proceed? Call or just send documents and a motivation letter? It would be good if my husband could talk to them directly which means he needs to be invited for an interview.
Honestly, there are so many applicants per job that going to agencies is not going to help you. They are not going to find a job for your husband. He's going to have to put in the work, send application after application until he gets a job. There is no magic wand here.
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Anyone has some inputs regarding agencies for technical jobs? Anyone used them? How did you proceed? Call or just send documents and a motivation letter? It would be good if my husband could talk to them directly which means he needs to be invited for an interview.
forget about going to agencies with "nothing". the agency is a door to a position, but you have to find the position up front - most probably on the internet. no language skills = no job, so really focus on the french side if you want to get him a job quickly.

you can make a good investment by attending one of the "how to sell yourself in Switzerland" career courses. My SO sent out about 60 different applications in a format I thought was clever enough, to no avail. Then she got this course, completely redone her CV and got 2 offers in 1.5 months afterwards.
http://www.newplacement.ch
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Re: Chances of getting a job as an engineer

I have another question for all of you working here.

Do any of you not need German in their jobs?

A company like ABB always states in its job ads that they want someone who speaks German. How serious should that be taken? It is maybe just their perfect candidate that speaks German too and of course positions where you have contact with German-speakers a lot.

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I have another question for all of you working here.

Do any of you not need German in their jobs?

A company like ABB always states in its job ads that they want someone who speaks German. How serious should that be taken? It is maybe just their perfect candidate that speaks German too and of course positions where you have contact with German-speakers a lot.

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There are lots of jobs here which only require English: finance, computing and pharma certainly. I not sure, though, about engineering.

Why not just apply (with an honest report of your skills) and see what happens. It may be that this is just an HR box-tick and they're just jonesing for someone with your cool (but non-lingual) engineering-fu.
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I have another question for all of you working here.

Do any of you not need German in their jobs?

A company like ABB always states in its job ads that they want someone who speaks German. How serious should that be taken? It is maybe just their perfect candidate that speaks German too and of course positions where you have contact with German-speakers a lot.

Any inputs?
Very seriously as they have the choice ! If you are very specific and highly specialised you may get away without German, but in todays market, plenty of available people speaking fluently both languages.

Oh don't we all wish we applied ourselves a little more during those boring French/German clases at school now...........
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