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Re: Basel: Ideas for my unemployed girlfriend

Agree with the above that 2 months is not really all that long. I finished a a PhD here and in the initial months it was pretty sucky and many colleagues had a similar experience with around 6 months being more typical (even with local language, Swiss citizenship etc).

Also, you're pretty quick to dismiss the Rotkreuz job mentioned above. If I were in a similar situation I'd definitely go as far as applying:

1. If you get an interview = good practice and proof that your CV / letter works
2. The interview is a good opportunity to find out more about the position, industry etc -> you can then look for similar things in a closer location
3. Maybe you take the interview and absolutely hate the sound of the job. Good, you now know what to avoid.

Also, given that main thing missing from your GF's CV is experience it might be worth taking such a job even if the commute is long. The time on the train could be used to learn German or similar and local experience would make a big difference when applying for job nr 2.

In my case going from "fresh out of academia and no employer wants to know me" to "Random unsolicited invitations for interviews etc" was only about 12-18 months of work experience." (at a job with a long commute but otherwise a good match to my somewhat-not-ideal profile).
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Re: Basel: Ideas for my unemployed girlfriend

for a temping job try these guys
kind of a last resort... but better than going nuts...

http://www.cci-callcenter.de/stellenangebote.html

otherwise use alternative strategies, not just the regular job ads which can be very closed to people without the standard CV and references (try temp agencies, networking etc etc).

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Thanks, I'll point her in that direction, it would do her some good to get out and start networking instead of being stuck at home all day.
The networking events of PWG helped my wife get her current job and also provided a good support system.
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I'll let you tell her that, she almost killed me last time I tried
So she is qualified as a hit(wo)man ? I'd guess her language skills are in great demand in that profession. No reason to worry about the lack of German - she wouldn't want to work too close to home anyway...
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The networking events of PWG helped my wife get her current job and also provided a good support system.
I'm still trying to persuade her when it comes to the value of networking in Basel, she says that all that stuff can wait until she has a job.
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Also, given that main thing missing from your GF's CV is experience it might be worth taking such a job even if the commute is long. The time on the train could be used to learn German or similar and local experience would make a big difference when applying for job nr 2.
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Absolutely agree! Many people working in Switzerland commute an hour either way, and the unemployment office (when they are deciding whether someone eligible to benefits is making sufficient effort) even reckons that two hours one-way (= total four hours' commuting per day) is reasonable. If I were struggling to enter the market at all, I might well be willing to travel even further, at least for a first job, so that there'd be something solid on my c.v.


And for anyone equipped with good noise-blocking headphones, train time can be put to good use.


Yes, for anyone, in all fields, "learn German" is excellent advice. Even in those institutions where the office language is English, the Swiss will (as any other locals in any other country would) immediately switch to Swiss German when they are just among themselves at the coffee machine. Anyone who can't understand these conversations remains on the outside, at least to some extent. There can be a certain subliminal resentment (in my opinion understandably so) by the locals towards anyone who has not made the effort to learn the local language. So: Just do it. Learn German. That's what I'd advise your partner and, in fact, everyone immigrating to the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
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Re: Basel: Ideas for my unemployed girlfriend

I have been doing the BAsel Rotkreuz commute for 2 years. Not ideal, but perfectly manageable if taking the train.
There are 3 routes per hour 2 via luzern and 1 via Lenzburg.
Train time can be put to good use. eg work, sleep, german homework, read book, watch a movie.
I have a bike at both ends and live near the station. Door to door is just over 90 minutes with the Lenzburg route.
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I'm still trying to persuade her when it comes to the value of networking in Basel, she says that all that stuff can wait until she has a job.


The world is small. Switzerland is a tiny subset of that. So many things here, in the employment market, are either just jolly good luck, or a product of.... networking... in a zillion different ways.


The Swiss culture esteems discretion, hard work, determination, politeness, punctuality, absolute reliability, grooming, modesty, solidity and a firm handshake. It shuns showiness, anything brash or flashy or pushy, drama, haughtiness or the mentality of entitlement.


Of course, there are different yardsticks of when one is determined to have demonstrated those esteemed or despised attributes. By having taken on a job with a long commute, for example, a candidate (for a more suitable job, later) shows that she was not too proud to knuckle down and do the serious, determined thing. I sometimes think that is it this aspect (besides all the benefits of cultural integration) that pleases the Swiss so very much, whenever immigrants are respectful and hardworking enough to make the effort to learn German.


If you and your partner have not yet done so, I suggest you read Living and Working in Switzerland.
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Re: Basel: Ideas for my unemployed girlfriend

It may be worth to enquire with the potential employer in Rotkreuz whether telecommuting is an option for one or two days per week. I believe that MNCs are more flexible re such an arrangement, especially when the job has an international scope, i.e. interaction with clients abroad is as important (if not more important) as interaction with other employees on site.
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It may be worth to enquire with the potential employer in Rotkreuz whether telecommuting is an option for one or two days per week. I believe that MNCs are more flexible re such an arrangement, especially when the job has an international scope, i.e. interaction with clients abroad is as important (if not more important) as interaction with other employees on site.
For a first job, i wouldn't even mention "telecommuting" for the simple reason my intial thoughts would be, if the person is already unhappy at commuting, as soon as they find a job nearer home they'll be off, therefore better not to even offewr a job to avoid the problem
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For a first job, i wouldn't even mention "telecommuting" for the simple reason my intial thoughts would be, if the person is already unhappy at commuting, as soon as they find a job nearer home they'll be off, therefore better not to even offewr a job to avoid the problem
Do you know someone, just anyone, who is happy at commuting ? As an employer I'd be more concerned about a candidate looking for a job closer to home if there wasn't any option for telecommuting.
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Unfortunately it's causing her a lot of stress, 2 months of applications an not a single positive response.
I have a question: What does 2 months of applications mean? How many applications did she make, If it is 5 - 10; forget it. Everybody claims to be looking for a job, but many of them are not - in real terms!

Looking for a job is a full time job itself. Looking at the status of us, we were getting 1-2 contracts per 100 applications; so until you reach the number 100, it is pretty much no effort done..

Here's the funnel I have observed (n= 2):
100 applications
30 interviews
10-15 2nd and 3rd interviews
1-2 job offers

You could be luckier than that, but still you need to apply...
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Re: Basel: Ideas for my unemployed girlfriend

It's probably not what you want to hear.... But...

In my job search I find at least one job a week where Russian speakers are needed in the Lake Geneva area, from Geneva through to Montreux. Perhaps she might want to start looking there and until she can get her German skills up or get some experience, you can see each other during the weekends, which is better than if she were still back in Manchester.

Either way, I wish her luck with her job search. It's a struggle these days with 100s of applicants per job vacancy!
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