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Old 03.11.2015, 08:43
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What is wrong with my applications from abroad?

I have been thinking of moving to Switzerland for about 6 months and a few months ago I decided to sent out my CV to some recruitment agencies. I must have sent out about 7 open applications.

I did not apply for specific positions as I also wanted to get some sort of indication as to my chances of getting a job in my field of experience, I.T. I have lived and worked in several European countries however I have always applied after arriving in the country. Just to make things clear, I am an native English speaking EU citizen with no German language ability.

My problem is that I have not had a single response from these recruitment agencies yet and I am trying to find out what the issue might be. It is of course not a great idea to write again and ask why there was no response and no amount of internet search can shed any light on this either as I have tried already. Of course there are many factors however the first few that come to mind are:

-I dont have a degree in I.T. or any field: My highest level of Education was a diploma. Nobody can tell me whether this is a Swiss employment requirement or not. I do however have over 12 years experience in the I.T. field and I do not know if this is valued at all. In the UK and Netherlands it certainly is valued.

-I am not in the country: This could also be causing an issue as recruiters may not see the value in making such effort for someone abroad.

-I don't speak German: This I assume is can be a big issue however I have read many stories of people working in Switzerland withought even viewing to learn the language in the future. I understand French and Italian are also official languages (both of which I speak) however I assume that most jobs require german.

None of the recruiters have even replied to point out any major shortcomings in my application or CV and although they are not required to, it would certainly help. If anyone can shed any light on this I would be most grateful.

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