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Old 09.07.2019, 10:36
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I want to whinge. I asked a relative (husband's) yesterday whether it is normal to have no interview after 50 odd job applications in 6 months. To that, she said that her friend and her dad had good positions back in Serbia and when they moved here, they worked at a factory.

She added further that I should try to work at a factory despite a good education and that it doesn't have to hurt my pride as that is just the way it is. Switzerland is not used to hiring qualified people from abroad. Probably we have just too many interested people from Switzerland.

All this transpired in German, of course.

So, I looked up jobs at Factories in CH. All involve shiftwork and full time. I have a 5-year-old kid. Soon she will be in the 2nd year Kindergarten. I cannot imagine working in the evening week in week out.

Has anyone done this?

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Old 09.07.2019, 10:41
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Re: Work in a Factory

It's just a competitive market. 50 applications in 6 months isn't that much. It's basically the RAV minimum requirement (just to give you some idea).

As for Switzerland not hiring qualified people from abroad, I don't know where your relative got this info but he sounds a bit out of touch.
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Old 09.07.2019, 10:56
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I want to whinge. I asked a relative (husband's) yesterday whether it is normal to have no interview after 50 odd job applications in 6 months. To that, she said that her friend and her dad had good positions back in Serbia and when they moved here, they worked at a factory.

She added further that I should try to work at a factory despite a good education and that it doesn't have to hurt my pride as that is just the way it is. Switzerland is not used to hiring qualified people from abroad. Probably we have just too many interested people from Switzerland.

All this transpired in German, of course.

So, I looked up jobs at Factories in CH. All involve shiftwork and full time. I have a 5-year-old kid. Soon she will be in the 2nd year. I cannot imagine working in the evening week in week out.

Has anyone done this?
Um, how did they actually get those jobs? Because as non-EU nationals the employer has to apply for their permits and I seriously doubt any would be given for factory jobs. If they have family reunification permits then that doesn't apply.

As for you, have you made sure your CV is tailored for the Swiss job market? And also it depends on your skill set. If there are a lot of people having the same ones then employers have a big pool to choose from.

As Sandgrounder said, 50 in 6 months isn't that many, although again I guess that depends on how many jobs might be available in your field. But RAV usually require 10-12 applications a month when you're unemployed.
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Uhm yeah no. Roughly all immigration into Switzerland is qualified immigration. Don't confuse Switzerland with the US. Also, yes, many people are interested in Switzerland as they assume it equals "a lot of money" (it doesn't for most and EF is NOT representative for the country's overall reality). So all Switzerland has is some choice. Also, contrary to most countries, a fairly significant portion of the Swiss population is educated to a decent or very decent degree, so what may stand out as exceptional or whatever in other countries doesn't exactly stand out here.

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Um, how did they actually get those jobs? Because as non-EU nationals the employer has to apply for their permits and I seriously doubt any would be given for factory jobs. If they have family reunification permits then that doesn't apply.
That too.
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Old 11.07.2019, 10:59
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Re: Work in a Factory

On account of international competitivity and (comparatively) high wages in Switzerland, there aren't really that many factory jobs left that involve unskilled labour. Most of that type of production has moved abroad years ago. Most of the remaing factories either have a high degree of automation or rely on skilled labour, which by consequence is also well payed. But of course you need to have the right skills to be hired.

The really badly payed jobs in Switzerland are not in factories but in places like retail and gastronomy.
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Old 11.07.2019, 11:11
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Switzerland is not used to hiring qualified people from abroad.
On the contrary, they have been for many decades.

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I want to whinge. I asked a relative (husband's) yesterday whether it is normal to have no interview after 50 odd job applications in 6 months. To that, she said that her friend and her dad had good positions back in Serbia and when they moved here, they worked at a factory.

She added further that I should try to work at a factory despite a good education and that it doesn't have to hurt my pride as that is just the way it is. Switzerland is not used to hiring qualified people from abroad. Probably we have just too many interested people from Switzerland.

All this transpired in German, of course.

So, I looked up jobs at Factories in CH. All involve shiftwork and full time. I have a 5-year-old kid. Soon she will be in the 2nd year Kindergarten. I cannot imagine working in the evening week in week out.

Has anyone done this?
50 applications in 6 months is really not that much.

If you don't have any work experience in Switzerland or no experience in the field you are applying in (e.g. don't have any reference) it can be tough, especially if you are applying for jobs where companies get lots of applications (e.g. "Compliance Officer", "Admin Assist", etc.), so be flexible and adaptable. Try to look for internships or shift your focus to other kind of jobs (no, not factory work) and get the work experience you need.
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