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Re: What are my chances of finding work in Switzerland?

Mikeylee: I manage a global security & business intelligence (physical security intel & fraud intel) side for a global firm. Do you have any experiences in country risk assesments, intel analysis eg. middle east issues etc? If you do, please pm with your CV and writing sample. Also, what is the status of your working permit?
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Some ideias

- The Swiss Army does international peace support projects abroad...
Maybe you could bring in there your English skills, your experience in management and your experience as a soldier in an administrative/logistics role? And as far as I know, for those jobs you don't have to be a Swiss national. International Peace Support
- Or an admin job in the Swiss Army International Relations department
I haven't been in the army, so know little about it, but there are some people on this board who have served and may come up with some ideias for an English speaking soldier... paging Wolli.

- Tourism Sector: a job in a hotel
- Tourguide/Travel industry: A job as a guide/assistant with English tourist groups etc.
If you are fit, then as river-rafting, caoneying, hiking etc. guide/assistant for English speakers




Sorry to hear about that...hope the job search will work out and you can be together soon with your fiancee
As far as the Swiss Army goes if you are over 27 then forget it. Also there is no real Intel department that will take someone who is not Swiss.
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Old 19.03.2011, 19:38
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I will be straight forward - this applies to ANYONE looking for work in this country. If you are not competent (should be at b2 or c1 level at least) in the local language of your area you will find it VERY hard to find work. At best with luck you will find a job but your choices from there are restricted
Nah. Plenty of jobs in English for the right skill set.
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Nah. Plenty of jobs in English for the right skill set.
i take it you were being sarcastic?
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i take it you were being sarcastic?
Gravity I understand that i do have to see two sides to each story here BUT really is there any need in your negative non valid comments?
To every one else thank you so much for the ideas i have so much running through my head now and loving the new feeling of moving forwards.

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AnAustralian - Thanks for the ideas but i dont really think i could afford to be totaly dependant on my fiancee's wage to be able to take long term courses i do have money saved but not that much lol. Security is something I would love to do but i cant find any contacts or websites. Do you have any ? I am learning German and loving it every day i get to speak more and more better with my fiancee. Again thanks for your post they are ideas definately to bear in mind

Lianne - I have read that somewhere about the TEFL and CELTA change or something and you dont really hear about them things unless your on the ground (Switzerland) or in that sector thank you willl definately look in to it.

Florida 99 - Some reason run out of messages so can't send a CV but to be totally honest with you I have been in the Army for 8 years and reached the rank of Corporal. I think that job Spec is way over my pay scale I have worked as close protection for Intel but that's about it.
I can make a wicked Cuppa Tea thou lol. If you still think that theres room for my in your organisation then i will still send my CV.

LongBYT - I think we got off slightly on the wrong foot but I have just seen that video of those drummers in that link, have to say well impressed.
I have done many high profile gig's like that we had a different kind of display we done all the stick throwing and lifting but in the dark with a neon light and glowing sticks we preformed at the royal variety show.

Thanks for all the posts it's great help
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i take it you were being sarcastic?
No, he's absolutely right. In some industries, knowledge of a local language is not a requirement, although it is obviously desirable.

In theory, I don't need any German for my job. I'm sure I'm not alone in that regard.
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In reply to this message from Longbyt I understand my punctuality is not the best and also my spelling and at 2:00 am Is not good too,just read my post and I can see many mistakes TRUE.
Well, whether it's your punctuality or your punctuation, I would try and improve both.... (I know it was 2 am )

Good luck!
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Re: What are my chances of finding work in Switzerland?

A tip for mikeylee - never underestimate the positive effects of negative comments - particular on a strong-willed, madly in love, Brit!

As one of my (adult) youngsters once said when I commented that I don't give up easily, "Mum, you're kidding - you don't give up easily. What on earth are you talking about? You don't give up. Period"

You're making a good job of going through the positive stuff and taking it on board; by no means everyone who asks for advice about jobs here does that. This gives you a few brownie points with those who might be able to help you. Accept the negatives too though. Use them to your own advantage. The writers must have a reason for saying what they do. Is there something you can work at in these specific fields to improve your chances?

Good luck - the sun is shining today. Hope it's shining on you too.
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Re: What are my chances of finding work in Switzerland?

Evaluating your English skills shown on this site, I would not hire you. There are many English teachers using this forum, working for exactly those places where you would send your CV.

Being in the army, you may have collected many outdoor recreational skills that might be put to good use. However, a command of a local language is a must.

I admire your determination, which is quite often the key to finding a job. However, since you've asked, I think your chances are slim.

Good luck. I hope you prove me wrong.
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Evaluating your English skills shown on this site, I would not hire you. There are many English teachers using this forum, working for exactly those places where you would send your CV.
If you would have read earlier posts, I have agreed that my spelling and punctuality is not the best by far. But I do make up for it in many other areas just as important as grammar. I'm driven enough to better myself and will try to improve my grammar but simply once in through the door of a company employer's give job's based on:

57% - Is on apperance.
36% - Is on Voice.(Tone)

And just ...

7% - Is on what is said and written.

I understand that spelling and grammar is important to actually get through the door in the first place. But you can take 100% care and attention on a CV or Application form. I have also had it proof read by a few friends,family and also a Teacher in CV writing.(I dont tend to do this in forums).

Simply the fact of the matter is yes I am rubbish at Grammar. I'm possitive enough to think that if I did get through the door empoyer's would see my hunger to succeed.

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Gravity I understand that i do have to see two sides to each story here BUT really is there any need in your negative non valid comments?
To every one else thank you so much for the ideas i have so much running through my head now and loving the new feeling of moving forwards.

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AnAustralian - Thanks for the ideas but i dont really think i could afford to be totaly dependant on my fiancee's wage to be able to take long term courses i do have money saved but not that much lol. Security is something I would love to do but i cant find any contacts or websites. Do you have any ? I am learning German and loving it every day i get to speak more and more better with my fiancee. Again thanks for your post they are ideas definately to bear in mind

Lianne - I have read that somewhere about the TEFL and CELTA change or something and you dont really hear about them things unless your on the ground (Switzerland) or in that sector thank you willl definately look in to it.

Florida 99 - Some reason run out of messages so can't send a CV but to be totally honest with you I have been in the Army for 8 years and reached the rank of Corporal. I think that job Spec is way over my pay scale I have worked as close protection for Intel but that's about it.
I can make a wicked Cuppa Tea thou lol. If you still think that theres room for my in your organisation then i will still send my CV.

LongBYT - I think we got off slightly on the wrong foot but I have just seen that video of those drummers in that link, have to say well impressed.
I have done many high profile gig's like that we had a different kind of display we done all the stick throwing and lifting but in the dark with a neon light and glowing sticks we preformed at the royal variety show.

Thanks for all the posts it's great help
No worries mate. To succeed here in Switzerland it does take some planning and commitment. I would be worried if you just came here expecting to land something particularly without a structured approach to having a career path in mind.
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If you would have read earlier posts, I have agreed that my spelling and punctuality is not the best by far. But I do make up for it in many other areas just as important as grammar. I'm driven enough to better myself and will try to improve my grammar but simply once in through the door of a company employer's give job's based
You need good grammar to teach English. As for other jobs, it depends on the job description.
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If you would have read earlier posts, I have agreed that my spelling and punctuality is not the best by far.
What's wrong with your punctuality? Are you always late for appointments? Do you need a better watch? In Switzerland that's a no-no.

On the other hand, if you are talking about your punctuation.....
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What's wrong with your punctuality? Are you always late for appointments? Do you need a better watch? In Switzerland that's a no-no.

On the other hand, if you are talking about your punctuation.....
Maybe i should give up lol yes i did mean punctuation
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I worked for Protectas at the US embassy in Berne. Inside the fence I needed excellent English. Outside the fence dealing with the public and reporting to the city police I needed very good German.

Enough has been said already, and I don't see much hope for you in finding work in security in Switzerland, unless you speak good German or good French. >> PROTECTAS Jobportal <<

You could send your CV here http://www.protectas.ch/ but it might be a waste of time, as they look for Swiss or long term residents.

There is another big Swiss company here http://www.securitas.ch/en/home.html but again they look for people whom live here already long term.

Maybe MikeyLee you should find a job in UK and ask your fiancée to join you there while you learn German?
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Maybe i should give up lol yes i did mean punctuation
That's ok. All in jest. Hope something works out for you.
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If you do not speak German (assuming you are coming to the German-speaking part), you have four employment alternatives:

1) Teach English to adults in a private school. You will need a qualification and it's a very competitive area.

2) Be in a sought-after profession - IT specialist for an international company, for instance.

3) Work as a labourer. This is not a recommended alternative. I know Brits who have done this on building sites. It can be soul destroying, poorly paid and you'll never hear German spoken - or English of course.

4) Be self-employed offering a service - eg flat cleaning service. But language will be a problem...

Thank you, this information is helpful to me.
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Re: What are my chances of finding work in Switzerland?

I think, to find a job in Switzerland is currently not so easy, isn't it?

Thanks for the tips in this thread, they are very helpfull
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