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Jobs which require no German?

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My boyfriend has recently got a job in Zurich, which starts in April and I will be going with him. I wondered if anyone knew if it was possible to get a job there if you do not speak German? My boyfriend doesn't speak German but it was not a prerequisite for him. However the line of work I would look for would be either administrative/assistant work, or even customer service work if possible. I am British but speak some Swedish and French. We both will learn some German too obviously - but is it slightly possible to get a "smaller" job if you can't speak the local lingo?

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Re: Jobs which require no German?

[Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

If you search the forum you'll see a fair number of similar enquiries. It's possible to find a job, but it's not easy.
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Okay sorry about that - thank you for the link.
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

Try the big Pharma companies.
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Try the big Pharma companies.
They'll be in Zurich, so it's a bit of a trek. There's probably easier options.
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

Do be aware that you'll need to prove that you can support yourself while you're here as you won't be considered as a couple, not being married. You'll need to provide evidence of sufficient finances for several months (3 at the minimum) while you job hunt. Or, if he's prepared to support you financially for 5 years, he can enquire about applying for a concubine permit for you.

I suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet. The sticky threads under the various sections of the forum are also good starting points for research.
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Do be aware that you'll need to prove that you can support yourself while you're here as you won't be considered as a couple, not being married. You'll need to provide evidence of sufficient finances for several months (3 at the minimum) while you job hunt. Or, if he's prepared to support you financially for 5 years, he can enquire about applying for a concubine permit for you.

I suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet. The sticky threads under the various sections of the forum are also good starting points for research.
Ah I was not aware of this, thank you for the advice and book recommendation! It's the same here in Sweden also. Do you know if the process is very long to get accepted for a concubine permit?
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

I'm not sure so he should check with the Zurich migration office.

ZH - Kanton Zürich
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Tel.: 043 259 88 00
Fax: 043 259 88 10
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They'll be able to give him an idea of how long it will take and what documents you/he need to provide.

This is a link to canton Vaud's info on the subject.

http://www.vd.ch/themes/vie-privee/p...s-du-concubin/

The requirements probably won't be exactly the same as Zurich's, but it'll give you a starting point.
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

There are quite a lot of companies in Switzerland whose official language is English, but I think your bigger immediate problem is not having a work permit. If you're not married to someone who is legally here, then (as far as I know) you have no automatic right to work here. When you apply for a job, the first question on the application is usually: "Do you have a Swiss work permit?"

A lot of people forget that Switzerland is not in the EU!
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There are quite a lot of companies in Switzerland whose official language is English, but I think your bigger immediate problem is not having a work permit. If you're not married to someone who is legally here, then (as far as I know) you have no automatic right to work here. When you apply for a job, the first question on the application is usually: "Do you have a Swiss work permit?"

A lot of people forget that Switzerland is not in the EU!
Not really, as she's said she's British so is an EU national. The Free Movement Agreement allows her to live and work here with no problems. All she'll need to do is take her employment contract to the migration office to activate the work part of the permit.
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Not really, as she's said she's British so is an EU national. The Free Movement Agreement allows her to live and work here with no problems. All she'll need to do is take her employment contract to the migration office to activate the work part of the permit.
Quote, with a work contract in five days you can have yuour permit
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

Thank you very much for all the help guys - it's very much appreciated
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

My case was almost the same, 8 years ago.
It is possible to find a job with no german language, I found in 2 months but in a bilingual Kindergarten, nothing to do with administrative work.

But you can try to look for a job in Zürich insurance company or Swiss-Re reinsurance company, they are looking always for native englisch speakers.

Good Luck!!!
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Hi all

My boyfriend has recently got a job in Zurich, which starts in April and I will be going with him. I wondered if anyone knew if it was possible to get a job there if you do not speak German? My boyfriend doesn't speak German but it was not a prerequisite for him. However the line of work I would look for would be either administrative/assistant work, or even customer service work if possible. I am British but speak some Swedish and French. We both will learn some German too obviously - but is it slightly possible to get a "smaller" job if you can't speak the local lingo?

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Re: Jobs which require no German?

Um, do you both realise you're replying to an OP who posted 2 years ago?
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

My wife found jobs where they needed English speakers by searching the job sites and adding "English" into the search engines. She`s had 3 jobs in total and the current she`s had for 10 years now!!


Obviously it will still be useful to have some German in the long term.
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Re: Jobs which require no German?

There are always internships in english nurseries in zurich which require no previous experience. It isnt much money but do it for 6 months or a year and it gives you experience to go do something else and time to learn and adapt to the language!!
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