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Old 04.06.2016, 20:22
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Re: No Luck Finding Work - Any Recommendations?

I have mentioned before: try the temporary agencies.

Yes, their jobs are not great. Yes, their jobs are not greatly paid. BUT, and I cannot repeat this enough, in Switzerland it's easier to find a job while employed than while unemployed.

When I was desperate to find a job, and I couldn't get anyone to look at my cv, I got myself into a temporary job agency with the sentence "GET ME ANYTHING! I JUST WANT TO WORK!"

I had a good CV. I had great recommendation letters. I had the language skills. But I still couldn't find anything on my own.

I had a job 1 week later, and I am very thankful to their agency for that break. Then it was easier to find a nicer job from there.

We are currently looking for people in my office. We had an agency sending the CV of someone. The reaction of my boss to the CV: "Oh, he's unemployed. There must be something wrong with this one."

Not having the language skills makes it really difficult to find a job. But do try the temporary agencies: they can really help Good luck!
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Old 04.06.2016, 20:27
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As I said, I usually do not. But I don't get overwhelmed with job offers.

I'm guessing it depends very much on what job you are applying for.

I have hired as well and depending on the job people will or will not send a more complete dossier.

Not long ago I had this conversation with a Swiis friend who works in HR for one of the cantons. She insists this is why I don't get called more and says almost everyone includes work certificates and education certificates/diplomas. If they don't they don't bother considering the candidate.

At the end of the day if one way isn't working, try the other.
For internal movement within the company, I just put together a one page summary (as my experience spans over 20 years). The reference calls have of course anyway happened internally.

But for external applications I've always included my written references, and thought that it's essential here.

Whether to include your Uni certifications etc. will of course also be relevant if there's been no significant / long career path since completing the bachelors / masters.

I've never been rejected for an external interview that I've personally gone for i.e. not through an agency, but my last application was about 6 years ago, so maybe things have changed.

The last internal interviews were all accepted.
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Re: No Luck Finding Work - Any Recommendations?

Hi all,

Thank you all so much for all your help. I've had much more luck, but nothing locked in yet. I have my second interview with a company about a very good role tomorrow - I'm quite excited.

For your information I:
- Reshuffled my CV, but still kept is as a one-page teaser
- Enforced that I was a Swiss Citizen
- For some applications I included a word document with hyperlinks to written recommendations and copywriting examples.
- I even jumped on photoshop and created some social media posts for digital roles.
- LinkedIn was probably the best job site I used with the most responses, I also used the sites recommended by you, but LinkedIn was definitely the best.

I found that not speaking German was a huge reason why I wasn't getting call-backs, so in the initial application I mentioned nothing about my German ability and focused on my strong English skills.

When I got in touch with HR Agencies online I got no response. Although I've found a few potential jobs on my own and am in communication with their HR department I'll be visiting the HR Agencies tomorrow to drop off a hard copy of my extended CV.

Once again, thank you all so much! I'll let you know when I've signed a contract.
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Old 08.06.2016, 12:31
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Re: No Luck Finding Work - Any Recommendations?

http://www.indeed.ch/Stellen?q=marke...3%BCrich%2C+ZH

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Thanks for the link. I really want to be 'Brand Innovation Manager Biscuits'!
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Re: No Luck Finding Work - Any Recommendations?

One aspect I'd ad, for a c.v.: In some cultures, it is usual to add on a c.v., besides all of one's identity data, education and working experience, some private information, e.g. about one's children, hobbies, personal achievements in sports, or religious affiliations. In Switzerland, this kind of information can be perceived as tacky, indiscrete and too much "in your face". The only exceptions I can think of now are: if full-time care of the children explains a gap in the c.v., or if a particular hobby is job-relevant, e.g. for a software developer who won a prize in hobby game-design, or a sports teacher who completed Iron Man.
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