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Finding job in Zurich with so-so German

I am considering applying for a job in Zurich, which means considering moving over with the family.

My wife studied German at college, but it's pretty rusty and heavily accented. She says though that she'd like to improve.

She works as Director of Marketing for a multi-national. Does anyone have any input how challenging it might be to get a similar position in Zurich with less than perfect German?
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Re: Finding job in Zurich with so-so German

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I am considering applying for a job in Zurich, which means considering moving over with the family.

My wife studied German at college, but it's pretty rusty and heavily accented. She says though that she'd like to improve.

She works as Director of Marketing for a multi-national. Does anyone have any input how challenging it might be to get a similar position in Zurich with less than perfect German?
If its an English speaking company, excellent. If its a German speaking one, very low
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I am considering applying for a job in Zurich, which means considering moving over with the family.

My wife studied German at college, but it's pretty rusty and heavily accented. She says though that she'd like to improve.

She works as Director of Marketing for a multi-national. Does anyone have any input how challenging it might be to get a similar position in Zurich with less than perfect German?
In black and white, very difficult: Switzeralnd is not so attractive for multi-nationals, life is too expensive here, and most people looking at the positions speak at least 2 if not 3 languages fluently, or they start of at the bottom of the tree and work up, but to move into a director position through job serach as oposed to being hired and moved over.....
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Re: Finding job in Zurich with so-so German

You'll need to look in the right places where English language is valued: international companies usually do have vacancies for English speakers and obviously, the more desired your skills the easier it is. Check out tourist agencies, Swiss call centres (not too many but they exist), hotels and the like.
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Re: Finding job in Zurich with so-so German

It is definitely doable to do an intensive 3-6 month German course with at least 3 classes/1.5hr and go from very rusty/non-existent German to working at a local Swiss company, especially if you manage to find a place where they start slow on you and help out with English here and there. I was really lucky to find an engineering job where they helped me with my transition to German like that.
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