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Signing working contract on the first day of work...

I found a new job. Negotiated with the new employer about important aspects (e.g. salary, starting date...) face to face and got mutual agreement all by email. Then sent copy of personal documents to their secretary. And then they tell me everything is OK, I go to work, and I can sign my working contract there on my first day.

Is it a bit strange? I asked some friends and they say yes indeed sometimes Swiss employer asks the new employee to sign the working contract on the first day of work. Is that true? What happens if on that day you find some items in the contract that you cannot accept (e.g. dating your boss every evening. lol this is just a joke)?

For me it is strange that you go to work the first day without knowing what will be on the contract you are going to sign.
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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

You should have at least seen the contract and know what you are going to be signing.

Have you signed any contract? I had an employment contract which was signed before I started and also a job description (which I signed after I started).

If they have agreed everything face to face and confirmed everything by email I don't think it will be a problem, just make sure the contract says the same as what you have agreed to.
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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

Hi

Read the document before you sign it...

Sorry if this sounds trivial but many people do not read what the sign. By doing it you make your life much easier.
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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

Do you have a current job? I would not resign my current position without signing the new contract. Maybe thats just me.

If you dont have a job currently whats the worst that could happen?

You turn up, dont like the contract, either have it changed or walk away.

As long as your not inconvenienced (moving home, quitting current job) I would just turn up.
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Old 06.08.2012, 21:55
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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

It never occured to me, so I find it certainly strange.

However, I think it also depends on when you have agreed to accept the offering and when you are supposed to start, if there are more than a couple of weeks in between I would just simply ask for a copy of the contract up front, if they resist to that, then you can extract some conclusions. I also think it depends on the type of job, but I would say that normally a company would also be interested to have you signed to avoid the tempation of you signing with somebody else.

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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

I signed on the first day.

I arrived, was presented with a contract and espresso, and left to read it for 10 minutes.

Turned out OK for me, but take a dictionary if you're not fluent in the language of the contract.
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Re: Signing working contract on the first day of work...

A bit strange, but if the contractual conditions are good, and as previously agreed in principle, then not a problem.

If you are unclear what any terms mean seek clarification before signing, or ask if you can show to a partner or friend before signing i.e. sign on second day.

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