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English-talking job offerings

Hi everyone!

I am Chris and I am planning to visit Zurich in search for a job.

I ve worked in the IT sector and specifically software development for about 6 years and my educational background is Computer Engineering and Msc in Data Communications.

I apologize if this quesstion of mine is very frequently asked but, in a quick search, I have not spoted any answer.

In many job advertisements they require good knowledge of both German and English. I only speak English (apart from my native language) and have already started German lessons, but have no ability to speak at all.

Do you believe I should not apply at all for these jobs? What do you know of your experience?

Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 16.07.2011, 13:11
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Re: English-talking job offerings

If it says you need a good knowledge of German and English, then I'd bet you need a good knowledge of German and English.

But I work in IT, and don't speak or require German for it. So just depends on the role/company.
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Old 16.07.2011, 14:53
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Yes. I believe that if they say you need German and English and you haven't got German, you shouldn't waste your time by replying

Sorry if that sounds a bit simplistic and obvious, but ....well......it is a bit
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Re: English-talking job offerings

It's a standard requirement. My Job Description requires German, (IT/Banking) , yet I only have basic A1/A2 German, which I learnt after being hired.

I would not let it put you off, if the potential employer sees on your CV that you have no German, and still invite you in for an interview, then they have already considered and dismissed it as issue.
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Re: English-talking job offerings

I work in a large bank (IT) and the German can be mandatory or a benefit.

Why? Because in Zurich, English is the official language (Indians, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish etc) but in Bern they speak German.

Some test managers in Zurich could add more value if they speak German in Projects that envolve teams not in Zurich.

Winterthur, Basel, Bern are more German than international.

Also imagine, if the bank needs to transfer someone to Bern and he can not speak German they have to fire and hire again.

So it depends.
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Re: English-talking job offerings

Thank you all very much for your replies!

Really I appreciate it. I could not expect to get so much help and so quickly.

Congratulations for the making of this community guys!
I would be very glad to contribute.

According to your replies I ended up to filter my job search and begin with advertisements that require only English and in case of any that is very interesting and matches exactly all my other qualification, to give it a try also.

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According to your replies I ended up to filter my job search and begin with advertisements that require only English and in case of any that require German as well but is very interesting and matches exactly all my other qualification, to give it a try also.

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Old 17.07.2011, 15:46
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Re: English-talking job offerings

Hi Chris,

Check out this link

And here is a list i made with about 48 english speaking companies on it.. just so you know who to target.

Both have links in there to english speaking companies, not all IT related but surely they must have a computer going on the fritz somewhere

Best of luck with the jobhunt

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Hi Chris,

Check out this link

And here is a list i made with about 48 english speaking companies on it.. just so you know who to target.

Both have links in there to english speaking companies, not all IT related but surely they must have a computer going on the fritz somewhere

Best of luck with the jobhunt

Joey
Hi Joey could you please copy + paste that list on here as i am having difficulties opening it Thanks!
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Re: English-talking job offerings

This has been my experience too, every job I have applied for has had German as a requirement but in most cases it is the IT skills that are more valuable than the language skills. Apply anyway especailly if you have skills that are in demand.

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It's a standard requirement. My Job Description requires German, (IT/Banking) , yet I only have basic A1/A2 German, which I learnt after being hired.

I would not let it put you off, if the potential employer sees on your CV that you have no German, and still invite you in for an interview, then they have already considered and dismissed it as issue.
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Re: English-talking job offerings

Guys, I cant tell you how gratefull I am!

Thank you Joey, thank you all... I am finding out how much valuable information this forum can offer and I am enthusiastic about it
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