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Career advisors - recommendations?

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Can anyone recommend any career coaches/advisors based in Switzerland?

I am looking for advice on how to make myself more marketable and what steps I could take next.

Many thanks in advance.
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Any pointers would be gratefully received. Thanks.
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Re: Career advisors - recommendations?

Career advisors here in my experience look at your CV, see what you've studied then tell you the following, regardless of what you've actually done:

"Ah, I see you've studied English History. So you're a Historian..?"

Transferable skills aren't particularly Swiss; in the Anglo world they're encouraged. The expectation here is - still - you study subject X and then work in that field until you study something else.

In the meantime, you're 'supposed' to work in field X. Working in field G confuses. "But you're an English Historian..."

Hence you'll likely waste your time with career advisors, who only see a nail for their hammer.

I'd suggest you find a decent coach / talented career advisor. Career advisors who know what they're doing are few and far between. A coach will likely have a broader, international approach and read between the lines of your CV.

They'll then tease out from you what you need to discover. You'll have to invest for their services, but you won't be wasting money.

Here's someone who's ace, native English speaking and successful:

coaching without borders


Good luck and keep busy.
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Re: Career advisors - recommendations?

You can also speak with people at companies such as http://www.adecco.ch/de-ch/home.aspx.

They can assist you with tips for your CV and also the interview. The site is also in English which helps
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Re: Career advisors - recommendations?

Post your CV here, I'm sure you'll get plenty of "constructive" feedback

Seriously, are you talking about career advise for a big change, enhancing your chances in your current role, or fixing a weak CV?

For the former I don't really know.

For the middle one, speak to trusted colleague who know you - they probably understand your strengths / weaknesses better than any stranger. Really look at feedback you've received with an open mind. Another idea is to find someone you want to emulate, not just a role you want to have - it gives a much fuller picture of what is needed.

For the latter - the agencies can help, but honestly given some of the CVs I see take it with a pinch of salt. Get a few opinions and try to combine ideas that seem good to you - after all, you need to believe in your own pitch!
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