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Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Hello, I'm married and my intention is to get a job on Switzerland and then to take my wife with me.

I have family in Basel, so itīs my intention to find a job in Basel, Zurich or Bern (Northern Switzerland).

I have qualifications as a Degree and Master Degree in Civil Engineer, and I'm looking for a job for about a year and nothing. I think the language itīs a barrier and I made German >>A2 Level, but now I want to develop more as soon as I get there to work on a new job.

I'm thinking in two options:

1 - Go there for 3 or 4 days and go to the companies and offer my services as a Civil Engineer.
(whatīs the best month to do that?)

2 - Prepare myself to go there and work on another thing for some months and do German courses at the same time, and then try to get a job as a Civil Engineer.

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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

I think your best bet is to find a good headhunter and search for jobs on the internet and go from there. The fact taht you are here for a week won't get you anywhere since it takes time to prepare interviews etc.
You have to know that the market in CH is extremely competitive, all my colleagues for instance have a PhD. I know maybe in Engineering you do not need that but then German knowledge is a must if you have to interact with your colleagues.
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Old 11.08.2011, 19:41
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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

I've read that even for people with already the permit to work, takes months before finding a job, it also depends on how unique your talent is.
It would help a lot if you write if you have a permit for here or if you are EU, etc.
If you are not EU, then the company who would hire you needs to prove that you have qualifications that no one in switzerland or EU has.
Adecco and Manpower are global, why not try them first in the country you are currently living and they can help you apply for switzerland.
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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Hello, I'm really a little bit anxious to "start a new life" and maybe I'm not doing the things right.
I'm looking and responding to announcements in jobs.ch. Maybe it would be better to look in English speaking companies, but I donīt know any

Isn't there human resources companies that can help?

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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Try these companies:

ABB
Oerlikon
Alpiq Intec
Sulzer

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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Many thanks for the tips because to have an opportunity itīs very important to me, unfortunately I havenīt been successful yet.

Before I think that go to companies personally would be better, but after the opinions I'm thinking twice in going there a few days for prospect.

It is true, itīs very hard to have a job there.

I have German level >>A2, whatīs the minimum level to the major companies?
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Many thanks for the tips because to have an opportunity itīs very important to me, unfortunately I havenīt been successful yet.

Before I think that go to companies personally would be better, but after the opinions I'm thinking twice in going there a few days for prospect.

It is true, itīs very hard to have a job there.

I have German level >>A2, whatīs the minimum level to the major companies?
Luis you need to know what are your competitors and how many vacancies.

Before coming to Zurich, i did that.
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I have German level >>A2, whatīs the minimum level to the major companies?
If you are talking about Swiss companies, then they will require a minimum of B1/B2 I suppose. Even that might not be enough, because they sometimes require French and Italian in addition to German.
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Hello, I'm really a little bit anxious to "start a new life" and maybe I'm not doing the things right.
I'm looking and responding to announcements in jobs.ch. Maybe it would be better to look in English speaking companies, but I donīt know any

Isn't there human resources companies that can help?

Thanks
hello! i'm also looking for english speaking or multinational companies in swirzerland, though in design / marketing / advertising industry.

anyone here knows any?
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hello! i'm also looking for english speaking or multinational companies in swirzerland, though in design / marketing / advertising industry.

anyone here knows any?
If you are looking for English speaking companies, make sure that your spelling and grammar in any correspondence to them is better than in your post. Making many errors will not convince employers that you are fluent in English.
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Luis you need to know what are your competitors and how many vacancies.

Before coming to Zurich, i did that.

How can I know that?

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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

If you are currently employed you are better to stay where you are and continue working. It's much easier to find a job while you have a job. Companies are reluctant to hire those who are unemployed especially if there are many candidates for the same job.

A year long search sounds like a very long time. It may be time for you to expand you search to other countries and/or have some people give you feedback on your CV and qualifications.

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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Hello,

How much is the average salary for an civil engineer with 3 years of experience and Master Degree in Switzerland?
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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

In the Sticky at the top of this sub-forum, there is a wages calculator (or two) which might help give you an idea.
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Re: Go to Switzerland and look for a job?

Does anyone know any Portuguese Construction Company in Switzerland?
It would be easier for me to have an opportunity as I develop the German
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