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Old 10.02.2017, 12:58
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Job hunting without experience

Hi,

I am currently job hunting in the french-speaking area. I'm finding it frustrating to find a job in my industry as a fresh graduate - Finance & Accounting! I also study French at the university but it is just B1.

The problem is that I lack relevant experience when applying for job. Even for some junior jobs, they require experience. My friend told me that I could work unpaid for the companies to get experience in a short time ( e.g 6 months). Even that, I don't know how approach these companies who welcome fresh graduate. I applied a lot and just got some interviews, no positive answer until now.

Any advice for my situation? Thank you so much!
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Old 10.02.2017, 13:21
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Re: Job hunting without experience

At this link under "Während/ Nach Studium" are 11 job boards that are intended for newly graduating students:

https://www.ag.ch/media/kanton_aarga...lenboersen.pdf

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Re: Job hunting without experience

Hey Ila,

Chin-up. So the above links should give you all the contact points you need. Make sure also that your CV is well presented - from experience with my daughter, this can make all the difference. I recently also assisted her boyfriend in putting together a good CV. It can be hard work, but very worth while!

We went from 'terrible CV' to 'great CV' within a day - which was fun for both of us.

Here's also a link to the Zürich Uni site:

http://www.arbeitsvermittlung.uzh.ch/
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Re: Job hunting without experience

First question has to be what Swiss permit do you hold, if any?

And no, you can't do unpaid work for a Swiss company, internships have to be paid unless they're for an NGO like the UN, etc, who don't pay.
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Re: Job hunting without experience

I think that you need to give more information about yourself. Are you swiss citizen and have rights to work here (visas, Passport etc.).
If you're so, then you should try with some cantonal job searching support (i'd recommend to check first with RAV so they can let you know what to do).
Of cours it's not easy these days to get a job, but you should try to apply via job portals , register at some companies etc.
If you're looking to work without being paid, it;s still required to have all docs which confirming you're rights to work in CH.
It's always good to proactively look for something via job portals (ie. jobs.ch), social media (LinkedIN, Xing)
I wish you a good luck.
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Re: Job hunting without experience

I know what you're going through - the situation can be very daunting at first.
I made good experiences with just writing applications to companies I liked even though they hadn't posted a job. Sometimes they don't realise they need you until they see your CV in their mailbox. Especially internships are something many companies like to do because they only have to pay you a small amount compared to a proper wage but in CH you should be able to find a reasonably paid internship at least compared to Germany (damn them expecting students to work for free for bloody ages .... no grudge there). But tbh I don't really know much about the area you're looking in... why do you want to work there? You considering any other party of Ch?
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