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Old 18.07.2016, 14:35
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Urgently looking for suggestions on where to look for work

Hey,

I am 28 years old, currently living in Zurich and I have just lost my job. I was working with B2B tourism but the company just went bankrupt. We were non-unionized so I will not be receiving any compensation any time soon by the government. I will not even be receiving this months salary.

I have a Masters degree in International Relations, I speak English, Swedish and Polish fluently. My German and Portuguese are roughly at a B2/C1 level. I can also make myself understood in Russian and Spanish (B1). I have many years of experience in customer service and event organization (through volunteering).

I have my own car and a Swiss work permit.

Does anybody have anybody have any ideas where I can look for work? I am already looking via Indeed, the Local, jobs.ch, and one agency.

I really appreciate any help here.

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Martin
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Re: Urgently looking for work

The fact that the bankrupt company where you were employed was not unionized is irrelevant to "receiving any compensation from the government". You should look into whether RAV will cover your unpaid last salary:

http://www.treffpunkt-arbeit.ch/arbe...gen/insolvenz/

You should also contact RAV to determine whether you are eligible for unemployment compensation and, even if not, you should plan to register with it. RAV also maintains a data base of positions on their website:

https://www.job-room.ch/pages/job/jobSearch.xhtml

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This is a guide to apply for payment of your unpaid salary:

http://www.treffpunkt-arbeit.ch/date...D_2011_web.pdf

This is the form to be completed:

http://www.treffpunkt-arbeit.ch/date...usfuellbar.pdf

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Old 18.07.2016, 15:30
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Re: Urgently looking for work

Thank you that is great news! I will definitely look into it!
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Old 18.07.2016, 16:24
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Re: Urgently looking for suggestions on where to look for work

Also, when looking for a job, there are numerous online job advertising portals. It can do no harm to slog through those on a regular basis. But quite often I think that personal relationships are more useful. Stay in touch with former bosses and colleagues. Maybe you can get into some other position by riding their coat tails? Especially so if they were satisfied with your past performance. Also sniff out your former competitors. Your former employer's loss is their gain and they may be interested in hiring extra people to deal with the extra work, especially people like yourself who know the market and the customers. This gives you huge leverage over some fresh newbie. Use that leverage wisely.
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Re: Urgently looking for suggestions on where to look for work

I'd love to help you but you seem so clueless about how the country you live and work in functions... I'd suggest you spend the rest of the afternoon reading this forum. Search for threads on:
- unemployment and RAV
- how to apply in switzerland
- english speaking jobs in switzerland
- which websites to use to find jobs.


All the best and good luck. I am sure the community will help you with any specific questions... but first do some homework.
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Re: Urgently looking for suggestions on where to look for work

If you can also speak a modicum of French, try the following :
Anibis.ch {emploi}
Petitesannonces.ch { " }
The Glocals website for the Lausanne/Geneva area[s] also has a few jobs, nothing to your standard, but it might tie you over for the interim. Good luck!
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