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Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

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Please could you help me. I am looking for a job ( or internship) in Switzerland especially in Aargau Canton. I hold a master's degree in nuclear engineering with a major in biomedical engineering. I inscribed myself in some swiss job websites and I sent a lot of CV, but unfortunately I did not have lucky! I am attending a German class, so that I can have more chances. Maybe, my way to find a job is wrong ...so what is the best route to follow to have a job here? I thank you, in advance, for your suggestions.
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Are you using Comic Sans in your CV too? That could be the problem.

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Are you using Comic Sans in your CV too? That could be the problem.
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no need to be a cheeky prick when people are sincerely asking for help.
I don't see you posting useful tips too.

Some people here has written that getting a Certificate of German language helped to get a job.

Have you tried to personally drop by companies in which you are interested to work to find out if there are un-posted job openings?
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Hello everyone,

Please could you help me. I am looking for a job ( or internship) in Switzerland especially in Aargau Canton. I hold a master's degree in nuclear engineering with a major in biomedical engineering. I inscribed myself in some swiss job websites and I sent a lot of CV, but unfortunately I did not have lucky! I am attending a German class, so that I can have more chances. Maybe, my way to find a job is wrong ...so what is the best route to follow to have a job here? I thank you, in advance, for your suggestions.
Have a nice day!

Regards.
Mary
Wow. That's really quite impressive. I think you are going to have to widen the search area. You could have a look at CERN but it's on the other side of the country.

Good luck.
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Re: Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

I would think that a bit forward. I would network in other ways.

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I don't see you posting useful tips too.

Some people here has written that getting a Certificate of German language helped to get a job.

Have you tried to personally drop by companies in which you are interested to work to find out if there are un-posted job openings?
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Re: Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

Hi mary, first of all I want to wish you the best of luck in your job search. I am unfamiliar with the job market in your field, but, to tag on to what miniMia said, I want to give you some general piece of advice I received a few years ago from a university career advisor when looking for a job. Might not work for everyone, but it has proven true for me. Take it as it is, and I hope it is helpful.

She told me that, to increase my chances of success in finding a job and conduct a more efficient job search, I had to consider two elements: location and field of specialization, and consider one "fixed" and be totally flexible with the other.

For example, I want to start working as a pastry chef, and I want to find a job in Paris. Ideally I will get a job satisfying both of the above, but in case I don't, where am I not willing to compromise and where am I willing to? If being a pastry chef is key for me, then I will apply to all and any pastry chef job I can find in Paris, but also Marseille, Lyon, Geneva, Timbuktu, etc. If I really want/need to be in Paris and won't consider any other location, then I will apply to pastry chef jobs, but also waiter, regular chef, whatever can get my foot in the door in the Paris hospitality industry.

Other tip: whatever your non-negotiable is, give yourself a timeframe, after which, if no job, you need to be more flexible. For me, at the time, the field was a non negotiable, but I gave myself the following timeframe: I started applying in January and sent tens of CVs to one specific position in one specific field in all corners of the world. Pretty soon I realized what were the "go" and the "no-go areas" (for example, at the time I really wanted to find a job in Europe, but my field was very much at its developing stages, more so than now, and most companies were looking for senior people crossing over from other branches of the profession rather than entry level), and told myself that, if I didn't find a job in the field by a month before graduation time (May), I would start loosening up the criteria and look at other related fields.

Good luck!
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Hello everyone,

Please could you help me. I am looking for a job ( or internship) in Switzerland especially in Aargau Canton. I hold a master's degree in nuclear engineering with a major in biomedical engineering. I inscribed myself in some swiss job websites and I sent a lot of CV, but unfortunately I did not have lucky! I am attending a German class, so that I can have more chances. Maybe, my way to find a job is wrong ...so what is the best route to follow to have a job here? I thank you, in advance, for your suggestions.
Have a nice day!

Regards.
Mary
I'm by no means knowledgeable on this area, and indeed you probably have more hard facts than me, but I remember Switzerland is getting rid of nuclear energy in the years to come, which may have impacted the whole job market, if you are looking a position on that specialty.

In addition, it's known that the job market is a bit depressed at the end of the year, so you may have to wait until February or March to see more options appear.
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Are you using Comic Sans in your CV too? That could be the problem.

Thank you for your suggestion but I am using Times New Roman... I think that it is good...
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Wow. That's really quite impressive. I think you are going to have to widen the search area. You could have a look at CERN but it's on the other side of the country.

Good luck.

Thank you for your advice!
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I don't see you posting useful tips too.

Some people here has written that getting a Certificate of German language helped to get a job.

Have you tried to personally drop by companies in which you are interested to work to find out if there are un-posted job openings?

Yes, I agree with you... getting a Certificate of German language is better and I am trying to get it.
I have never tried this way... I will also try to do this one!
What do you think about recruting companies? They are useful?
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Hi mary, first of all I want to wish you the best of luck in your job search. I am unfamiliar with the job market in your field, but, to tag on to what miniMia said, I want to give you some general piece of advice I received a few years ago from a university career advisor when looking for a job. Might not work for everyone, but it has proven true for me. Take it as it is, and I hope it is helpful.

She told me that, to increase my chances of success in finding a job and conduct a more efficient job search, I had to consider two elements: location and field of specialization, and consider one "fixed" and be totally flexible with the other.

For example, I want to start working as a pastry chef, and I want to find a job in Paris. Ideally I will get a job satisfying both of the above, but in case I don't, where am I not willing to compromise and where am I willing to? If being a pastry chef is key for me, then I will apply to all and any pastry chef job I can find in Paris, but also Marseille, Lyon, Geneva, Timbuktu, etc. If I really want/need to be in Paris and won't consider any other location, then I will apply to pastry chef jobs, but also waiter, regular chef, whatever can get my foot in the door in the Paris hospitality industry.

Other tip: whatever your non-negotiable is, give yourself a timeframe, after which, if no job, you need to be more flexible. For me, at the time, the field was a non negotiable, but I gave myself the following timeframe: I started applying in January and sent tens of CVs to one specific position in one specific field in all corners of the world. Pretty soon I realized what were the "go" and the "no-go areas" (for example, at the time I really wanted to find a job in Europe, but my field was very much at its developing stages, more so than now, and most companies were looking for senior people crossing over from other branches of the profession rather than entry level), and told myself that, if I didn't find a job in the field by a month before graduation time (May), I would start loosening up the criteria and look at other related fields.

Good luck!
Hi Federica,
Thank for your helpful advice!
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Re: Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

Hi Mary,

Have you considered in looking into Reinsurance companies? They look for people with that kind of skillset!

Now, it is not a good time for job search (end of year, holiday season, budget not approved yet, etc.). You can still look now but more will come in the new year.

All the best!
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Re: Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

I would contact some internet sites related to the area: PSI (Paul Scherrer Institut), the ETH and the Universities (Zürich, Basel, Geneve, Bern, Lausanne and Fribourg), and send an open application, as sometime they advertise positions only (internally). And of course check the Telejob.ch site.

A german certificate is very advisable.

But as already mentioned: december is a low time, we're in the middle of a crisis (unemployment is 3.1% and is predicted it will reach 3.7% at the end of 2012), but this does not mean you can't belong to the other 96.3%. I hope I will achieve that myself too. Good luck!
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Re: Suggestions to find a job in Switzerland.

Are you registered on Linkedin? This is the first stop for companies looking for skilled staff, http://www.linkedin.com/ otherwise look at www.jobs.ch

There are many different ideas about how the CV should look, check on Internet for examples for Switzerland.
http://www.jobscout24.ch/JS24Web/Con...13&wl=1&lng=de

Your best qualification will be the German certificate.
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