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Old 06.08.2012, 11:44
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Looking and applying now or wait?

I am Dutch and we (my wife and our daughter) are currently living and working in Australia. It is too far away from Europe so we are looking to return in/around July/August 2013 and plan to go to Switzerland. Of course a job is going to be needed.

Question 1
Any advise on starting to look for work now, put in open applications now? Or is it better to wait until a few weeks/months prior?

Question 2
As my father lives in Germany I spoke a bit of German when I was a kid and teenager. However, I now feel that my German is limited. I am sure much will come back and I will catch up quickly. (my French is minimal and Italian nil)

Is it possible to find work with my limited German? Are there many English language jobs?

Thanks for your advise

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Re: Looking and applying now or wait?

Hi Kris,

I work for a recruitment firm that specializes in mid-level to senior management roles. (....as far as recruiters go, I would honestly say that the guys I work with are the best recruiters you can find here. They're actually decent to their candidates unlike some other ones who just treat you like dirt unless you're on the verge of signing a 150K contract)
Anyhow, what we are really seeing at the minute is German is very important unless the role you're after is incredibly niche and most probably technical.

There's a lot of talent coming to Switzerland and basically companies are using German fluency to pre-screen candidates. They might not necessarily need to do the work in German but the employers really look at how you'd integrate with the rest of the team.

Having been unemployed in Switzerland as well, from experience it would take about 6 months to get to know the market and network with the right people before you find a job. Honestly, the people who come into Switzerland and get a job they want in under 3 months where they don't have to speak German are exceptions, not the rule.

My advise would be to spend the year brushing up on German and then start looking at jobs etc 6 months before you move if only to pinpoint the right agencies and job boards that you need. The hiring process generally takes 2 months so time it well for that. Also, July/August and December/January are the slowest seasons for job seekers (mostly because everyone in HR are on holiday lol)
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Re: Looking and applying now or wait?

mtv has given good advice there, but another thing to consider is that even if you find a job possibility before you arrive they will want to interview you and that will be difficult to arrange while you are still in Australia.

Work on your language skills and then start looking nearer the time you want to come over. A couple of sites here to look for jobs are:


Good luck.
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