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Finding a Job in Switzerland (from overseas)

This is may be a silly question for most here but I never before looked for a job in a country other than the one I'm residing in.

I don't live near enough or earn enough to make the cost of travelling to Switzerland for just an interview affordable.

So is there anything I can do from overseas or all I can do in this situation is just move and try my luck? I'm Swiss, so - risk aside - the second alternative is technically posible.

Are phone interviews any common?
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Re: Finding a Job in Switzerland (from overseas)

Some Swiss nationals have returned home and with the support of the ( social welfare for example ) system, have been able to live and eventually find a job. Those requiring language assistance are paid to go to language schools and avail themselves to special schools for job application techniques.
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Re: Finding a Job in Switzerland (from overseas)

It's very difficult to find a job in Switzerland from abroad. You will not be considered for most jobs because you are not in the country. You will not be considered for other jobs because you don't speak the local languages. Unless you have some specialized skills, it's not going to be easy.

The fact that you are Swiss is no longer an advantage because anyone from the EU is on equal footing. This was not true a few years ago. Then you would have had a slight advantage. Today you are competing with a lot of people for few jobs.

Of course, I would never say impossible. Just brace yourself for a long bumpy road.

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Re: Finding a Job in Switzerland (from overseas)

I Was once called for an interview well over a month after I applied. My cv had my Swiss address on it. At the time when I was called, I was no longer residing in Switzerland. when I told them this, they immediately went cold on me. More advantageous to be in the country, but also a potentially expensive and time-consuming gamble to come over to Switzerland to try to find a job without any guarantee.
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