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Old 31.08.2015, 19:09
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Switzerland job market over year end.

Hi all,


How active is the Swiss job market over the year end?


I am mainly enquiring about from mid November through to early January.


Any info regarding a "dead time" would be great help.


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Old 31.08.2015, 19:39
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

I think you'll find it's going to be pretty dead over whole year and until the CHF loses a bit of it's strength, (think USD 1.20, Euro 1.2 - 1.3) i can't see things getting much better.

If you are new here with a language barrier and no Swiss references, i think you'll find it very tough to find a job.
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Old 31.08.2015, 19:46
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

I am indeed new to CH, so new that I will only arrive there in November.


The only thing going for me at this stage is that I am a Swiss citizen and that I have a mechanical trade (hope the second point counts for something).
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Old 31.08.2015, 19:51
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I am indeed new to CH, so new that I will only arrive there in November.


The only thing going for me at this stage is that I am a Swiss citizen and that I have a mechanical trade (hope the second point counts for something).
Swiss yes.

Mechanical trade will be a problem without a Swiss language and Swiss qualifications.

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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

People are then on their best behaviour, as the bonus round assessment from the past year is around the corner. Unless you know in advance you are going to get dumped, not many resign (with the usual 3 - 6 month resignation period) before payout 1Q. I guess. So not usually much market movement...
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

Many non-retail businesses are closed the week between Christmas and New Year's Day so little interviewing occurs then. Interviewing would then pick up again sometime in January.
There is a similar issue in August when many families take holidays timed with school holidays.

Despite the overvalued CHF, the Swiss economy actually grew in 2Q 2015 by 0.2% after a performance of -0.2% in 1Q 2015:

http://www.nzz.ch/wirtschaft/wirtsch...eiz-1.18603538
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

What kind of work would you be looking for?
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

I would be happy to get a job doing what I know best and that is working on machines. Maintenance of machinery, hydraulics, pneumatics, bearings etc.
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

You'll have maybe 4/5 weeks that's all I think. Many companies close down entirely over Christmas/New Year from around the 23/24th December until 3/4th January depending on where the dates fall in the week.

You may need to have your qualifications recognised before you start working (or even get a job offer). Try here for starters:

http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/017...x.html?lang=en

And yes, without a good level of a written/spoken Swiss language you will struggle as everything and pretty much everyone you work with will be done in said language.
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

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I think you'll find it's going to be pretty dead over whole year and until the CHF loses a bit of it's strength, (think USD 1.20, Euro 1.2 - 1.3) i can't see things getting much better.

If you are new here with a language barrier and no Swiss references, i think you'll find it very tough to find a job.
The CHFUSD is in fact weaker now than it was one year ago and the unemployment rate felt in the last six months. Only based on economic data, CH is still a good place to look for a job. Employers' sentiment for the future may be another matter...

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Many non-retail businesses are closed the week between Christmas and New Year's Day so little interviewing occurs then. Interviewing would then pick up again sometime in January.
There is a similar issue in August when many families take holidays timed with school holidays.

Despite the overvalued CHF, the Swiss economy actually grew in 2Q 2015 by 0.2% after a performance of -0.2% in 1Q 2015:

http://www.nzz.ch/wirtschaft/wirtsch...eiz-1.18603538
Yes, and the unemployment also felt in the last 6 months despite the EURO peg shock in January:

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/swit...mployment-rate
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

NOBODY hires over Christmas. Ever. Some people start a job on Jan 1st, but that was usually sorted out latest in November. It's impossible to get an interveiw in the second half of December and even if you did and your future manager would want to hire you: either his superior or the HR person in charge are on leave already.

Bottom line: Christmas is always the worst period to find a new job of the entire year and that's regardless of the CHF levels, the economy booming or crashing.
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Re: Switzerland job market over year end.

I agree few jobs are confirmed late in the year, but it's good to have passed the interviews and be in pole position going into the new year.

Many companies have a hiring freeze at the end of the year due to budgets etc; when this ends in the new year they want people in quickly because they're already underwater from that freeze period.
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NOBODY hires over Christmas. Ever. Some people start a job on Jan 1st, but that was usually sorted out latest in November.

I guess that I will just have to disappear for a couple of weeks over the year end then.


I will do what I can during November and the first week or so of December and then ride out the quiet time with some language learning. It can only be of benefit to keep learning.
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