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Japanese / English Speaker - Where to look for Jobs?

Hello,

My wife is native in Japanese and fluent in English, with experience working in Rakuten (the 'Japanese Amazon') and we are looking for work in Switzerland.

Apart from Nissan, Sunstar and JTI are there any other places people know employ Japanese speaking staff?

Or does anyone know a good recruiter who could help?

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Re: Japanese / English Speaker - Where to look for Jobs?

Look at the various sticky threads at the top of this section of the forum. There's at least 2 giving info on companies who might want English speakers.

However, be warned that as a non-EU national she'll find it very difficult to be employed here unless she's very specialised/highly skilled in her field. It's a fact of life in Switzerland which promotes Swiss/EU nationals over non-EU's.

If you as an EU national found a job here and moved over then she would get the same permit as you which would make it much easier for her to find a job as well.
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Re: Japanese / English Speaker - Where to look for Jobs?

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Look at the various sticky threads at the top of this section of the forum. There's at least 2 giving info on companies who might want English speakers.

However, be warned that as a non-EU national she'll find it very difficult to be employed here unless she's very specialised/highly skilled in her field. It's a fact of life in Switzerland which promotes Swiss/EU nationals over non-EU's.

If you as an EU national found a job here and moved over then she would get the same permit as you which would make it much easier for her to find a job as well.
Not really. Speaking Japanese, by itself, is a very specialized skill. She needs to look for companies that deal with japanese clientes.
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Not really. Speaking Japanese, by itself, is a very specialized skill. She needs to look for companies that deal with japanese clientes.
Well, let me put it this way. Assuming they both speak Japanese to the same level who is more likely to get hired? He is by simple virtue of being an EU national. No time wasting, expensive procedure to have to go through to be able to hire him.

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...zulassung.html

Which is why I suggest he finds a job first if he can because then her dependent's permit allows her to be treated the same as an EU national when it comes to hiring people.
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Re: Japanese / English Speaker - Where to look for Jobs?

What does "experience at Rakuten" mean? What kind of job was she doing? "Working at XY" can mean anything from an admin job to leading a massive department of some sort.


Capo, speaking Japanese in Switzerland is hardly a "specialized" skill, I'm afraid. The number of companies looking for Japanese speakers will be extremely small, for obvious reasons. Speaking an exotic language doesn't make you a highly desirable candidate by default. Switzerland is typically looking for other specializations; "exotic" languages are of less importance for the large majority of jobs - not for all, but most.
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Rakuten was handling online sales and advertising for Japanese golf courses. She is not technical.

My Japanese is fluent but not native. Japan has a very unique business etiquette, and most 'Japanese' Japanese people prefer to deal with a Japanese counterpart as opposed to a foreigner who speaks the language fluently. It's a cultural thing.

It seems that the easiest way would be for me to get a job and then her use the work permit to find something herself, but to build on the question:

- If I got a position, and then she also found employment, would she be able to retain her work permit if I subsequently resigned? ie. is her work permit going to be contingent on my employment on an ongoing basis?

- Do you know of any companies who deal with Japanese business partners or clients, or who are targeting Japanese companies to encourage investment in Switzerland? I heard there was a push from the Swiss side to increase the presence of Japanese EU HQs in the country.

I forgot to mention - thank you for the quick responses. Very helpful.

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Re: Japanese / English Speaker - Where to look for Jobs?

No, it's not. As you're an EU national so long as you're both living in Switzerland it doesn't matter whether you're working or not. As long as you can support yourselves financially, whether it's by your job or hers, it doesn't matter which of you is employed.

If you left for some reason and she wanted to stay here then her employer would have to prove to the Swiss authorities that they wouldn't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job before she'd be issued with a new permit.
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