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Old 29.03.2011, 17:12
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Recruitment related question

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I am not used to swiss-style of recruitment, that's why i am confused by a request sent by the recruiter.
What do they mean when one is asked for:"letters of references for your employments"
Basically, i dont have any such paper and i 've never seen it.
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Old 29.03.2011, 17:22
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Re: Recruitment related question

They want leaving certificates from your former employers.
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Old 29.03.2011, 17:27
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They want leaving certificates from your former employers.
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Hmmm, i dont have such certificates, cos where i worked before nobody issued such papers, simply because it was a diffrent system. I worked before for companies from outside of CH.
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Old 29.03.2011, 17:43
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Re: Recruitment related question

Hi,
It is always possible to ask them now.
As a matter of fact, when I work with expatriate spouses to help them to pursue their career here in Switzerland, this is one of the first recommendation points.
It is of course easier to ask these certificates when you are still on board but if you kept good contacts with your former companies, they would certainly be happy to deliver them now.
All the best for your job search.
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Re: Recruitment related question

yup, most companies are familiar with that.
You can also prepare a sample certificate letter to submit to your previous boss or HR, as an example, that will make it easier for them and perhaps expedite the thing. you can search on the net to find some samples.

In France, it is required by the Code du Travail to deliver one. Not sure here, but it definitely is in the customs.

In French, there is a sample here... but it is best if it is personalized to your activities.

The concept is to facilitate the reference checking process.
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Old 30.03.2011, 16:29
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Re: Recruitment related question

Thanks but be carefull that French recommendation letters are not the same as French speaking Swiss ones.
I would recommend to ask some recommendation to professionals, the easiest and cheapest is to ask the recrutement agency with whom you are in contact: It is ther interest to help you have to best possible application file.
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Re: Recruitment related question

I don't have such 'references' too, as my work experience is outside Switzerland. Not all over the world have the same rules.

But I 've always took a 'declaration letter' from each company that I worked for, that describes shortly my position there, and my responsibilities briefly.

It is almost impossible to seek such 'references' now. Some companies of them are now closed down, other ones were merged with others, the ones that exist I me pretty sure that they will deny. It is not a common practise here-where I live, so it is almost wasted try.

Can these 'declaration-letters' be a sudstitute or a 'light' alternative of these 'references'?
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Re: Recruitment related question

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Hi
I am not used to swiss-style of recruitment, that's why i am confused by a request sent by the recruiter.
What do they mean when one is asked for:"letters of references for your employments"
Basically, i dont have any such paper and i 've never seen it.
Thanks,

Just to add my 2 cents. I have been interviewing with Swiss employers this past month and had to furnish references from my previous two US employers. The way I went about this was to explain to my prior employers my ambition to apply to Swiss firms, along with sending them an email documenting the necessity of having written references from prior employers when applying to Swiss jobs. I then had both former employers write up a summary of my work experience, tied in with a general letter of recommendation. This worked very well for me and satisfied the reference requirement Swiss employers were looking for. Of course it helps if you have a lasting relationship with a former supervisor, which luckily was the case for me with regard to both of my previous positions. In any event good luck. The Swiss application process can be quirky.

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recruitment process related question

Hi,
I've been queried by HR to present "Letter of Reference from previous employers". Since, i am not used to this, i don't know exactly what exactly they want from me. Previously, I've worked for companies in a country where such kind of papers doesn't exist.
Any idea/help would be very appreciated.
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Re: recruitment process related question

Perhaps you can ask your previous manager to write you a reference letter, in which they describe you as an employee. It is quite common in Switzerland to have these documents, at least, that is what I have noticed up until now.
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