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Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

Hello everybody,

I'm a 27 years old russian citizen, married with a swiss. I'm in Geneva since last September and really start to think it's impossible to find a job here... I speak russian, english and learn french (I can communicate already). Previously, I was, during 3 years, an executive officier in a small russian company managed by a swiss guy. Before, I worked in differents sectors of activity, in Russia (Mining equipment, car selling...). I really don't think my CV is bad, but impossible to obtain, at least, an interview, for now!

I'm disappointed, my husband and some others people told me "with english and russian, you will find a job easily, especially in Geneva". I have the feeling nobody really want to hire a russian woman, they prefer swiss, french, german and so on.

My husband tries to help me, with networking and so on, but without any result. He works in IT, it's not my activity.

I think a lot of english speakers in Geneva who will read me here didn't have such problem to find a job, but any suggestions/advices??

Thank you for reading
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Old 10.02.2011, 18:31
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Re: Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

have you applied to any of the U.N. systems ?....
each site has a listing of available openings...if any... altho you may have to search abit.

( and of course not all that will be listed are actually in GE )

http://www.unsystem.org/

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/doc212?OpenForm
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Re: Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

Or thought about the commodity trading area? especially with your sales background.

Geneve is very competitive in the trading arena, having Cargill, and a host of other similar companies. If you look for ones doing steel, metals, energy, etc. they always have the need for Russian speaking traders and support staff.
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Re: Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

Try CERN - they have a list of positions vacant at present.
Good luck!
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Udachi tebe!
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Re: Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

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(...) any suggestions/advices??
You may already know this, but just in case: www.indeed.ch is a good job search portal - it collects ads from most/all of the job search engines and major companies all in one place, and allows you to save filters (for example, all jobs in Geneva featuring the words English and Russian in the text of the advert).

Hope this helps !
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Re: Easy to find a job in Geneva ? Not so sure...

have you tried signing up with Adecco? i found that they helped to place me in a job pretty fast. it wasn't exactly what i wanted but i moved departments within the company within a couple of months.

another thing. if you are writing that you are russian on your cv maybe companies are assuming you do not have a work permit in switzerland.
if you are married to a swiss and have a valid work permit already, it wouldn't hurt to just put that somewhere in the cover letter or cv.
in an interview here in switzerland one time, the woman asked me to confirm that i really had a european citizenship because otherwise it was too complicated to hire me!

hope it helps somewhat.
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