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Old 01.12.2015, 16:21
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Re: Letter of Recommendation

Ok, so here is a touch different perspective, but I feel like more and more companies are adopting a similar style:

If a CV comes to my desk with 50 million certificates, qualifications and whatnot attached, I won't bin it (probably), but my first reaction is that this person seems to be very much attached to titles and spends possibly too much time doing useless exercises instead of actual work. All I expect in the qualification department is a short sentence on the highest education achieved. I don't care to go through transcripts or dwell on what grades they've got, as in 99% of the cases I find it is irrelevant.

If they claim they have the required skills and experience, we have a short phone call, and if we both click and like what we hear, the candidate receives a simple homework assignment that tests their analytic, basic math and reasoning skills. If I like their solution, they get invited for a face to face interview where we discuss their approach face to face.

This way I get a fairly good picture of their personality and communication skills, while they get to see our company culture, how we work and what we expect.

No stupid brain teasers or HR personality tests. The homework assignment and subsequent discussion is a much more efficient filter than any certifications could ever be.
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Well, in that case we'll have to completely disagree.

What you describe in your generalizations is not at all what I've seen & experienced at the various MNCs (pharma) I've interviewed in/at CH. (Nor, I might add when I have been part of the recruitment process.)

In pretty much every case, HR has been local talent - usually applying their local preferences - while the "business end" of the business is where your international talent sits.
Since when there is "talent" in HR?
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As well as a doctor, an astronaut and a pirate captain according to his certificates...
None of the above. That's what the obscenely high paid nerd software engineers like calling themselves while being closed for much too long in their IT pits (dungeons) devoid of contact with reality. More adventure oriented type on paper will always sounds more impressive ...
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Re: Letter of Recommendation

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My Husband is Swiss and he would never let me send out an application without my letter of recommendations attached. He said I must attached all information that is related to my CV. The Employers don`t want to be running after you to get information they need.
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Hello

My Husband is Swiss and he would never let me send out an application without my letter of recommendations attached. He said I must attached all information that is related to my CV. The Employers don`t want to be running after you to get information they need.
Thank you for your input!

Do you have the cv and recommendations in one file or you have 1 file for cv and 1 file with recommendations?

Do you also attach a file with your diplomas/certificates or wait for them to request them?

I'm thinking uploading 4 files:

1. cover letter
2. cv
3. recommendations
4. diplomas/certificates

What do you think?

Thank you!
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Re: Letter of Recommendation

That is what I have done. I have put all of my certificates together in one folder and then everything else is separate. I send an email saying who I am and the job I am applying for. And then I attached everything as follows:
1: Cover letter
2: CV
3: Certificates/Diplomas
4: Letters of recommendation

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Re: Letter of Recommendation

These four are what I send out too. They should be enough to tick the boxes on the initial screen in the HR department. It should not be a discouragement for those who are not interested as they do not have to open the attachments.
Last week I had a swiss employer asking for a Swiss assessment of my qualifications -BSc, PhD, teaching diploma. This is the first time, and I first worked here in 83, that this has happened. Has anyone else noticed a change in attitude lately? Personally I think it is to do with the teaching diploma which is treated very differently in the different cantons.
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From my experience they place a lot of value on Diplomas here. My experience didn't really seem to be as important as what I had studied which I found interesting. I was lucky with the recognition of my qualification but I know others who have had to do Praktikums for up to a year. That is a long time to work on $800 a month!!
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