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Old 03.05.2012, 17:01
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CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

help dear EF job experts,

I cannot find this specific information on any thread nor on the countless websites which I have used to finalise my application... and I just have to send it out today.

as a foreigner applying for a job in Switzerland is it advisable or even required to specify A. nationality (EU) B. work permit (B) on the CV and how:

"Nationalität X"
"Arbeitsbewilligung B"
of course I am including in the "unterlagen" a copy of the Ausländerausweis anyway.
can this be seen negatively, ie attracting attention on the fact that I am a foreigner? or positively, ie showing that I am playing openly and have nothing to hide?

am I becoming paranoid??

the industry and activity I am applying for does not necessarily exclude foreigners, but they would probably prefer a swiss applicant.

thank you very much for yopur advice!
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Old 03.05.2012, 17:35
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

In general it goes on a CV here. Alongside marital status, etc.

If you are European/EU-17, specifying so at an early point may be useful as with other nations, the procedures required for application for a work permit may mean your CV otherwise ends up in pile C - returns.

I wouldn't include copies of ID documents in the Unterlagen.
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Old 03.05.2012, 17:46
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I wouldn't include copies of ID documents in the Unterlagen.
right you are, I don't need to if I specify the info at the beginning!
they can always ask for it later.
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

I would advise to specify them.

Information about your nationality can also lead to positive reactions:
- language and intercultural competence
- can help to network in other countrie's markets
- bring skills that a country - and more precisely it's schools- can be famous for
- skill mix/diversity in the Swiss company
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

Personnel officers receive hundreds of applications for any interesting job. They decide after a very short time whether to dump the application or not.

If you leave anything important out of the first page, it will be dumped before the officer wastes time looking for the pertinant information. Nationality, and permit type are very important in employment matters.
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

It all depends on how much you want the job really.
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

I had to sift through a couple of dozen CVs a couple of weeks ago. I found it a pain if the candidate left the work permit information off. If the candidate looked promising skill wise I would go back to the agency and check.

And especially for IT jobs the other thing is, if the job spec mentions particular skill requirements and you have those skills, then mention those skills in a prominent page on the front page plus, in your employment history indicate where you have used those skills and in what kinds of projects. If you don't your CV will be rejected.

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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

If you are not a Swiss national, employers need to know if you have the right to work here. It helps speed up the process if you provide this information in your CV. Keep in mind that if you do not have the right to work here, the employers would need to do the admin work still for you which helps them for planning purposes. It can also be a hassle with the visa quotas, etc which is why I understand why some companies prefer locals / EU nationals.
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I would advise to specify them.

Information about your nationality can also lead to positive reactions:
- language and intercultural competence
- can help to network in other countrie's markets
this is so true, I really hope it counts!
I thought the same after having listed my references: if you have 4 people from important european institutions ready to vouch for your competence it means that you will be bringing these potentially interesting contacts to the prospective swiss employer!
good thing about the references, by the way, although I had to get used to the idea of asking. but I was pleasantly surprised to see how many good clients of mine were ready to help!
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I had to sift through a couple of dozen CVs a couple of weeks ago. I found it a pain if the candidate left the work permit information off. If the candidate looked promising skill wise I would go back to the agency and check.

I appreciate that! now I've been a very good girl and written nationality and "Arbeitsbewilligung B" right after the personal data!


by the way, if you're an HR person, could you tell me how you would value a self-employed person's CV? would give him/her a chance?

mind you, I am not necessarily looking for employment, freelancing would be fine but I have still put together a very classic CV just in case. instead of the arbetiszeugnisse for the time in which I was sel-employed I have put some flashy references.
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

I am not HR - in this case I was recruiting someone to work in my project team. So as a techie I will look for equivalent or similar skills and evidence that the person is able to pick up a ball and run when faced with some new gizmo.

It depends on your field - in IT a lot of people go between freelance and permie work but in the end I want to see the skillset offered and evidence in the employment history of those skills being used extensively.

If you have contracted for a length of time, chances are you have worked 6 months here, a year there etc. I was interviewed once and the interviewer commented that I seemed to move around a lot - so had to explain the contracting model. Nowadays, I mention the contracting block as having worked for one employer - NickatbaselCo Ltd - and in the detail say I worked on a number of different client projects including...and list out the ones that are relevant to the job I am applying for.

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I appreciate that! now I've been a very good girl and written nationality and "Arbeitsbewilligung B" right after the personal data!


by the way, if you're an HR person, could you tell me how you would value a self-employed person's CV? would give him/her a chance?

mind you, I am not necessarily looking for employment, freelancing would be fine but I have still put together a very classic CV just in case. instead of the arbetiszeugnisse for the time in which I was sel-employed I have put some flashy references.
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Nowadays, I mention the contracting block as having worked for one employer - NickatbaselCo Ltd - and in the detail say I worked on a number of different client projects including...and list out the ones that are relevant to the job I am applying for.

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Switched 2 jobs here and always mentioned my permit, helps the CV get through initial filters..
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Re: CV: Must I specify Work Permit and Nationality?

I don't think that self-employment is looked down on here. But as mentioned by others, the skill set and also the education and training you received in the past is very important to them.
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