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Average length of time to get a job

I'd love to know on average how long it took people to find a job in CH. I've heard anthing from 6 months to years!

I'd love a crystal ball to know if myself and my husband will have jobs this time next year. We are itching to move now that we have made our decision. He is applying for jobs every day and getting annoyed that he hasn't even heard back yet but I keep telling him things move slower there, not as his pace!

I've applied to a few agencies, put my profile up on a few company websites etc. Still nervous about my prospects.

Love to know an overall average for foreigners working there.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

some months, with zero and infinity in the confidence interval.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

Depends on your profession and your determination for finding a job. My wife found a job in 3-4 months (then changed later on with another one) but she applied to approximately 100-150 job postings in one year. The return rate is approximately 5-10% if you are lucky.

She knows every company in the area we live, contacted all the HRs of the companies she's interested in, has CVs uploaded in major career websites and all the HR companies (Page Personnel, Interiman, Manpower, Rantstad...etc).

Only advice that I can give is, be agressive if you want to find something fast.
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I'd love to know on average how long it took people to find a job in CH. I've heard anthing from 6 months to years!

I'd love a crystal ball to know if myself and my husband will have jobs this time next year. We are itching to move now that we have made our decision. He is applying for jobs every day and getting annoyed that he hasn't even heard back yet but I keep telling him things move slower there, not as his pace!

I've applied to a few agencies, put my profile up on a few company websites etc. Still nervous about my prospects.

Love to know an overall average for foreigners working there.
It's the exact same time as the length of a piece of string.

It's a totaly irrelevant question, what business you in, workiing on building sites, waiter in a restaurant, super slick financial trader.

There is no average time and in any case what it tell you ? Unless of course you are only average....
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It's the exact same time as the length of a piece of string.

It's a totaly irrelevant question, what business you in, workiing on building sites, waiter in a restaurant, super slick financial trader.

There is no average time and in any case what it tell you ? Unless of course you are only average....
Right.......thanks for the helpful reply!!!!!

I was just thinking out loud. I didn't divulge what industry I am in, where we are looking etc etc as I was just wondering how long it might take. I know there is no possible answer. In an ideal world, I would love if there was some survey done to know. I don't think it's an irrelvant question either, think it's very relevant especially if you are looking and not knowing. I'm sure everyone who looks has the same question at some point.

Sure aren't we all average at the end of the day. Everyone is replaceable and it's always good to bear that in mind!
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

in the right industry, no time at all. i know someone who quit and got a new job before her notice period was even up.
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in the right industry, no time at all. i know someone who quit and got a new job before her notice period was even up.
Love to know what industry that was!!!

I know there are heaps of variables and what makes one person more attractive employment-wise etc. I'm not a very patient person I suppose. Maybe I can post back whenever I find that illusive job and let ye know!
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

It depends a lot on the field... My husband got a job with the first CV he sent.

I had to send about 120 CVs in a space of 9 months. On the other hand, when that job proved to not be what I was looking for, I got 3 new job possibilities in 3 extra CVs sent in a space of 2 weeks.

A lot of luck, patience and persistence is involved. Though work finding in Switzerland is not as bad as in the rest of Europe, it's not less painful. Don't start hoping on miracles. But don't give up too early either.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

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It's the exact same time as the length of a piece of string.

It's a totaly irrelevant question, what business you in, workiing on building sites, waiter in a restaurant, super slick financial trader.

There is no average time and in any case what it tell you ? Unless of course you are only average....
Absolutely. Any time from this week to no chance. Also your age, languages spoken, where you are prepared to work, personal situation - family/single etc. will have an effect.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

Like others mentioned depends on one's profession. It took me about 2 months to find one. You will not hear back from 50% of them. Just keep applying it will click.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

My husband knows someone who took 2 years to find a job in Switzerland. And he speaks 2 languages fluently, works in one of the top 3 industries in Switzerland and in my opinion, is a fairly attractive employee. You just never know.

We were discussing this at the weekend whilst out and about with the kids, it was raining, cold and miserable and we were saying the thoughts of staying here for another 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!! We are ready now but know we have to be patient, it will take time and won't happen overnight.

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Love to know what industry that was!!!

I know there are heaps of variables and what makes one person more attractive employment-wise etc. I'm not a very patient person I suppose. Maybe I can post back whenever I find that illusive job and let ye know!
that was architecture.

i also started looking at jobs. without even trying hard, i saw 4 very good positions that were vacant. it's also a lot easier if you already have a job in switzerland.
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that was architecture.

i also started looking at jobs. without even trying hard, i saw 4 very good positions that were vacant. it's also a lot easier if you already have a job in switzerland.
That's very true. My husband has gotten a few knockbacks already as they are looking for people with a knowledge of the market there. Oh to get our foot in the door.......

We said also if one of us got a job, we would move and the other look whilst there. Better to be in the country also for interviews/face-to-face. My husband would rather I have a job first as he would be worried about me being there with no job and getting depressed etc. Sure I'd be too busy to be depressed!
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Why don't you say what industry you're in, maybe and just maybe, somebody could give you some advice that is worthwhile ratrher than this hot air exchange.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

I was headhunted, in a way, basically had the job before I set foot in the country. Any job changes since then have usually taken only a matter of weeks.
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Re: Average length of time to get a job

I wish I knew!? I've been looking for months now without any success and that's even with fluent French and a pretty decent network of contacts in my (admittedly quite specialised) field.
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Good tipBut I've already done this on another thread a while back but here it is again:

Me: 9 years pharma background, testing and other lab-based experience. Drawback is languages. I am initially looking for an English speaking role while I improve my french (husband is french). German is wayyyyy better but we are looking at French speaking region in CH.

The whole point of my original post was to WISH I had conducted an extensive survery (in some airy fairy world) to ask people who came from outside Switzerland how long it took them on average to find a job in Switzerland. C'est tout.
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