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How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

I can't find a cv writer based in Switzerland. I am a job-seeking Dane living in Switzerland. I don't think my cv is professionally written, so I am looking for a professional CV writer who knows how to write a cv in the "Swiss way".

I think there is a significant culturel difference between the Swiss job recruitment standards and the English job recruitment - also taken into account that there are many multinational companies in Switzerland.

I would appreciate some help. Does anyone know how to find a good cv writer?
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Old 15.11.2011, 13:58
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I can't find a cv writer based in Switzerland. I am a job-seeking Dane living in Switzerland. I don't think my cv is professionally written, so I am looking for a professional CV writer who knows how to write a cv in the "Swiss way".

I think there is a significant culturel difference between the Swiss job recruitment standards and the English job recruitment - also taken into account that there are many multinational companies in Switzerland.

I would appreciate some help. Does anyone know how to find a good cv writer?
You may find that most companies hereabouts see a CV as a mirror of your personality and regard a "professional" CV as cheating, however if you create your own CV I am sure that somebody here on the forum would give it a bash of constructive critic.
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "professional CV writer"


I delievered my CV made according to EU standards. I used tips from this great site:

http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/eu...uropass+CV.csp

The feedback was: "your CV was exceptionally well written! I haven't seen one like your for a long time". Most of the other candidates had a word document with no formating.

But considering the quantity of people in this forum talking about the "Swiss way CV", maybe it's just my field.
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

The success & career website shares tips and tricks on how to write good (swiss) CV's. All the info is in German or French and illustrated by many examples of CV's. http://www.success-and-career.ch/de/...ele-lebenslauf

For grammar and orthograph check I can offer you my help in both languages.
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Old 15.11.2011, 14:44
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

Have a look at this topical post/template download link from earlier in the year and the whole related thread for some excellent tips and advice regarding the Swiss job market and search.

Good luck!
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

You can use one of those, they are based in Germany but do Prof. CV writing/translation for the Swiss market, reasonably priced also. you can email them in English they will respond.

http://www.deinebewerbung.de/

http://www.bewerbungsservice-spezial.de/
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You may find that most companies hereabouts see a CV as a mirror of your personality and regard a "professional" CV as cheating, however if you create your own CV I am sure that somebody here on the forum would give it a bash of constructive critic.
So true. A good CV is one that sticks out because of originality, not one that fits some theoretical template dreamed up by a pie-in-the-sky HR consultant who has never been in the real world. If anything that lands on my desk looks too bog standard or looks written by a profesional I tend to value that negatively. But then I'm in a creative job where I need creative people. Maybe if you want a square peg in a square hole type of job, the criteria are different.
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

[QUOTE=Danish1974;1407268]I can't find a cv writer based in Switzerland. I am a job-seeking Dane living in Switzerland. I don't think my cv is professionally written, so I am looking for a professional CV writer who knows how to write a cv in the "Swiss way".

Hi Danish,

I am a professional recruiter and I look at CVs all day long. This is one of my main responsibilities. I would be happy to have a look at yours and give you advice on that (for free, of course). You don`t really need the service of a CV writer.

BR
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Old 15.11.2011, 15:56
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

Ok, simple:

- I am originally a professional writer, many of my classmates run by now small agencies in Germany. I'd say that a professional would cost you easily 150CHF an hour. That's what their services cost for other documents for corporate customers and I'd say a CV is even harder work.

- I know that I spent HOURS on refining my CV. And I cannot see how somebody else could do that for me, as they have no clue what I am highlighting for the various jobs I apply to...

In short: The "professionals" offering CVs for a small three digit amount cannot do a proper job and cannot be real professionals. They have some decent templates and will hammer your details in it, end of. If you want more than this 60-80% job, you'll have to do it yourself. And yes, take the time... it's probably worth it.

Only upside is that here you at least don't get all these Indian based offers I get spammed with over here all the time - as there are a lot of low earning Indians available who write English well enough to offer writing services for peanuts. The last offer I got was per email. The email used five fonts and equally many text colors including purple and lime green.
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Old 15.11.2011, 16:21
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

I second what Trev said; get a decent template (no need to reinvent the wheel unless you're in the "creative" industry), hammer your basic details in and then the real work starts:

what do you want to highlight, what experience/skills is really relevant for your future employer and how do you best get it across.

Form may be important, but content is much more so, and that's something only you can know.
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Re: How do I find a cv writer in Switzerland?

Also bear in mind that a lot of people have, say, three to five versions of their CV depending on what job they are going for - highlighting different skills and experiences to match the requirement.

Therefore, one decent professionally-created CV is unlikely to do the job.

PM your CV to some of the people who offered to review it here and you will end up with something half-decent which you can then fine-tune.

I would also volunteer to review it for you.
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