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Considering moving to Switzerland

Hi, I need some advice. I'm a professional based in Hong Kong however, I want to move to another country and I'm considering Switzerland. My background is marketing and communications, specifically skilled in publications, communications (including digital), writing etc well-seasoned, all rounded professional.

I'd like to know what the current job market is like and realistically what would I need to get a good position in senior management? And how much roughly could I expect to receive? And on average, what's the living expenses?

Please help - thanks.
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Hi, I need some advice. I'm a professional based in Hong Kong however, I want to move to another country and I'm considering Switzerland. My background is marketing and communications, specifically skilled in publications, communications (including digital), writing etc well-seasoned, all rounded professional.

I'd like to know what the current job market is like and realistically what would I need to get a good position in senior management? And how much roughly could I expect to receive? And on average, what's the living expenses?

Please help - thanks.
With this information, very little.
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Old 21.09.2012, 09:04
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Non-Swiss, non-EU so subject to quota limits as far as work/residence permits go.

No knowledge of languages of the country and, although general all round skills, nothing special to make you more attractive to employers. So by law they have to consider Swiss and EU applicants first. Plus few are willing to go to the expense and hassle of trying to justify why they should employ you over a Swiss or EU citizen for that vital permit unless you have very specialised skills that they can't find easily. Good all round skills in marketing and communications won't cut it. You need something that no one else can provide.

My advice, look elsewhere. Sorry.
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Re: Considering moving to Switzerland

Thanks for your candid information. In terms of specialised I'm talking about brand management, events, marketing and communications strategy, business management and more.

I've noted that French and German are the most used languages, and having spent 8 years studying French, and 5 years German, I think after a revitaliser course I could probably pick back up.

Basically, I want to know what the market is like i.e. is it active? Are the opportunties?
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Okay, might be a little more viable if you have the language skills, but still doesn't sound specialised enough to make you desirable in the job market to me.

Still, if you want an idea of what jobs might be available have a look at:

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch
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Appreciated - thanks! You never know what might happen, right!
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Re: Considering moving to Switzerland

Every year, thousands of students graduate here or get a diploma in marketing/communication and cover the market; this is not a field with a demand for non-EU specialists.

Instead of that, we need watchmakers and professionnals in this particular field.

Come to Switzerland for vacation before moving here.

Now I would like to visit HKG again, such a great city!
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FMX is right on about the area being covered here and come to Switzerland to visit, especially coming from HK. You may want a slower pace but this will probably be too slow.
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Re: Considering moving to Switzerland

Your best bit is to get a job with a company that has an office in Hong Kong (or somewhere else you can easily get a work permit for) and an office (or better yet HQ) in Switzerland and apply for an internal transfer. Companies are much more likely to make an effort on applying for a work permit for a known quantity.
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like a holiday is the way forward right now.
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Every year, thousands of students graduate here or get a diploma in marketing/communication and cover the market; this is not a field with a demand for non-EU specialists.

Instead of that, we need watchmakers and professionnals in this particular field.

Come to Switzerland for vacation before moving here.

Now I would like to visit HKG again, such a great city!
My wife is a communication specialist and every single person that has been in her department has been non Swiss and only 50% of those European. So it depends on the industry. But they have all been communications specific not a bit of communications and a bit of marketing.

I would find International companies in the specific industries you've worked in and post your CV with them and keep an eye on their websites.

Like others have said it may be difficult but you never know. There are definitely positions for foreigners though but given an exact same Swiss or European candidate your chances diminish greatly.
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Sounds like a holiday is the way forward right now.
Definitely would be a smart move. Make sure you spend some time in the 'cities' : Basel, Bern, Geneva and Zürich. Hop on a bus/tram and get a feel for their differences. Having lived in Asia myself, I can tell you moving from HK would be quite a change of pace

All the best.
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like a holiday is the way forward right now.
As others have already mentioned, spend some time here....having lived in HK (Central), I relish the pace and the nourishing environment here at this time of my life, but it is not for everyone and it is very, very different, check it out first, then figure out the rest.

I would also suggest perhaps getting in contact with recruitment agencies, they can give you another perspective on the job market/salaries/potential challenges too.

All the best.
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