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Old 25.06.2011, 17:16
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Moving from US to Switzerland -- Wait for job search until I arrive?


My family is planning on moving to German-speaking Switzerland by the beginning of 2012. This depends on my Swiss wife or me finding a job there first. I will apply for a residence/work permit soon. Besides English I speak Portuguese, Spanish, French (badly) but very little German. I have a lot of experience in government/overseas organizations, Internet, cable tv, call centers and IT.

My question: is it realistic for me to start applying for jobs online before I get to Switzerland? I do not want to waste a lot of my time if companies won't even look at me until I've got the work permit in hand, and am in Switzerland.

And would I be more competitive to start job hunting after if I do an intensive local Schwyzerdütsch (or High German) class in Switzerland first?

I would appreciate any input, thanks
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Old 25.06.2011, 17:28
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Re: Moving from US to Switzerland -- Wait for job search until I arrive?


Welcome on here, you seem to have a lot of experience in various high end jobs, i would start looking now because u will have a better chance now to sus out work and get a feel for the market and all that now for when you come over, if your not successful that is in finding a position before you leave. I am a golf professional from irelandand i looked around the golf industry and did not get much back so as regards that and, for the summer, i will happy doing any kind of job, it was better for me to come over here and look for that sort of work hands on here rather than over the net. so far, thru here aswell, iv gathered some contacts and have picked up a part time job thru iv come in contact but i think with your experience you prob will have more luck chasing a position down over the net or email and phone as those type of positions will be readily advertised over the net, i think!! plus you have loads of time till you get here so why not!

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