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Old 09.05.2011, 21:13
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Australian seeking advice re employment

Hello everyone,

I will be moving to Shaffhausen from Australia in August 2011 with my wife as she is accepting a job offer there. I'm really looking forward to it. Should be awesome!

I was hoping to receive some advice from other forum members regarding obtaining employment as it appears as though it will be more difficult than I had first anticipated. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I am 30 years old and a Police Officer in Australia. I'm in the process of obtaining my work visa and am furiously trying to learn German as fast as I can! I am also a personal trainer.

Would anyone happen to know whether there is much demand for investigators within the industries such as banking, etc? What about security work for the various corporations?

Also, is there much demand for English speaking personal trainers in Schaffhausen or Zurich? Does anyone know what the going rate is?

Thanking you in advance,

Lucien
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Old 09.05.2011, 22:04
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Re: Australian seeking advice re employment

Holmes Place (gym) in Zurich has a reasonable amount of English speaking clients, they will give foreigners a start, pay is poor but maybe a start. The airport is another option, your background should help you and English is widely spoken.
Things to bring.
An Australian Police report stating you have no criminal convictions is also handy here for permit/employment ect, it is a lot easier for you to get before you come.
An international drivers licence is also handy, I don't think you need it for Switzerland but if you venture outside (EU) then I think you do, you have 12 months to swop you Aussie licence for a Swiss one. If you have a heavy vehicle licence don't leave it to the last day as I did as there is a bit of processing involved to get it recognised.
Wine, you are allowed to import your personal cellar (up to 20 dozen bottles!!) tax free, we have good wine deals here but not much good Australian wine in the $15 to $25 range like you can get there. As I sit here dreaming of Adelaide Hills Savinion Blanc and Langhorn Creek Shiraz, yes I am from Adelaide but luckily Coopers beer is not too hard to find.
Others if they are part of your normal life, Vegemite, Bonds Tshirts, HardYakka worksocks, Blunstone elastic sided steel toe workboots ($350 here!!).
Happy travels.
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Old 09.05.2011, 22:08
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Re: Australian seeking advice re employment

First question - do you or your wife hold dual citizenship ? Passports for an EU country ?

Second question - do you have language skills in German, French or Italian ?

Third question - do you have any specialist skills/training/qualifications that would make it possible to compete for a job, or for them to prove that they can't find anyone in the EU to do that job ?

Our experience (we are Aussies) is that we were faced with the possibility of the dependent spouse (in our case, the wife) not being able to get a work permit for two years. We were issued 'L' permits for the first two years, which do not give free employment opportunities.

However, I was able to land a job after 12 months, with my specialist skills and training, in English, with an employer who had advertised the position for 12 months with no success (dossier 2 inches thick)...

It can be done, but the stress of not being free to work, and trying to find work without local languages skills...I won't do that again...
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Old 10.05.2011, 15:35
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Holmes Place (gym) in Zurich has a reasonable amount of English speaking clients, they will give foreigners a start, pay is poor but maybe a start. The airport is another option, your background should help you and English is widely spoken.
Things to bring.
An Australian Police report stating you have no criminal convictions is also handy here for permit/employment ect, it is a lot easier for you to get before you come.
An international drivers licence is also handy, I don't think you need it for Switzerland but if you venture outside (EU) then I think you do, you have 12 months to swop you Aussie licence for a Swiss one. If you have a heavy vehicle licence don't leave it to the last day as I did as there is a bit of processing involved to get it recognised.
Wine, you are allowed to import your personal cellar (up to 20 dozen bottles!!) tax free, we have good wine deals here but not much good Australian wine in the $15 to $25 range like you can get there. As I sit here dreaming of Adelaide Hills Savinion Blanc and Langhorn Creek Shiraz, yes I am from Adelaide but luckily Coopers beer is not too hard to find.
Others if they are part of your normal life, Vegemite, Bonds Tshirts, HardYakka worksocks, Blunstone elastic sided steel toe workboots ($350 here!!).
Happy travels.
Thanks alot for the info RTN. I'm from Adelaide too!

May have to bring some wine with me then.... And my workboots!

When you say 'pay is poor' at the gym, how poor are we talking about?
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Old 10.05.2011, 16:02
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First question - do you or your wife hold dual citizenship ? Passports for an EU country ?

Second question - do you have language skills in German, French or Italian ?

Third question - do you have any specialist skills/training/qualifications that would make it possible to compete for a job, or for them to prove that they can't find anyone in the EU to do that job ?

Our experience (we are Aussies) is that we were faced with the possibility of the dependent spouse (in our case, the wife) not being able to get a work permit for two years. We were issued 'L' permits for the first two years, which do not give free employment opportunities.

However, I was able to land a job after 12 months, with my specialist skills and training, in English, with an employer who had advertised the position for 12 months with no success (dossier 2 inches thick)...

It can be done, but the stress of not being free to work, and trying to find work without local languages skills...I won't do that again...
Hey Swisspea!

Thanks alot for your response.

My wife has dual Australian / Italian citizenship and I have dual Australian / Croatian citizenship. Croatia is not part of the EU yet, nor is it part of the Schengen Agreement. However, in another 12 months time I will be able to obtain an Italian citizenship through my wife. I may have to forsake my Croatian citizenship and do this if I'm really struggling to get work in Switzerland.

I do not have any language skills in German, French or Italian but I am in the process of learning German.

My only qualifications are that of a personal trainer and my experience in the police and defence force. Not sure how specialised that is...

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the L permits. I'm trying to get a work visa and I hope I don't get stuck with not being able to work for an extended period. Not very good at staying home...
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