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Old 24.06.2018, 19:03
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Recruitment criteria in Switzerland

Good evening everyone,

I recently finished my studies, I received an offer from an international firm. The position is in Central Europe. I also had a successful first step with a large consulting firm in Switzerland.

My goal is to work in Switzerland in 5 years. I would like to have your feedback on how easy is it finding a job in Switzerland. Is the main difficulty to find a first job in Switzerland? Are we less likely to find a job in Switzerland if we worked in Central Europe? or does the reputation of the company in which one works (even in Central Europe) count the most?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 24.06.2018, 19:20
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Re: Recruitment criteria in Switzerland

Well, without knowing anything about
a) what you studied
b) what industry you currently work in and/or want to work in
c) what kind of work experience you have ("international firm" pretty much means everything)
d) what level of job you're more or less looking for
e) what nationality you have
your won't get particularly useful answers.

Also, the forum is quite full already with general information on job search in Switzerland, might want to check some of them out and then ask more specific questions...

One thing upfront: it is definitely NOT easy to find a job in Switzerland.
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Good evening everyone,

I recently finished my studies, I received an offer from an international firm. The position is in Central Europe. I also had a successful first step with a large consulting firm in Switzerland.

My goal is to work in Switzerland in 5 years. I would like to have your feedback on how easy is it finding a job in Switzerland. Is the main difficulty to find a first job in Switzerland? Are we less likely to find a job in Switzerland if we worked in Central Europe? or does the reputation of the company in which one works (even in Central Europe) count the most?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Evidently this is not in brain surgery or Google reserch then !
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Re: Recruitment criteria in Switzerland

These factors can help in getting a job in Switzerland. You won't need all of them.
  • being Swiss
  • being a citizen of an EU country
  • speaking, reading, writing, understanding a Swiss language
  • having a qualification that is already esteemed by the Swiss companies in that field
  • having a Swiss qualification
  • being polite, punctual, clean, modest and non-flashy
  • having a solid cv, according to the Swiss way of doing things
  • being persistent in looking, looking, looking for work, including re-working your cv and each letter of application to tailor-make them to the specific employer and the specific job
  • networking amongst people who already work in Switzerland in your field.

And, maybe, reading many threads on this forum.
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Old 24.06.2018, 19:33
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Thanks for your answer. These are the details:


a) economics (PhD)
b) economic consulting
c) no experience. This will be my first job
d) currently an entry level
e) French


I had a quick look at the forum but didn't find the answer to my question, but I might have badly searched. Actually, my main question is about the following: do swiss firms consider badly a first job in a Central European country or is it about the reputation of the firm at which we work and the job we have?



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Well, without knowing anything about
a) what you studied
b) what industry you currently work in and/or want to work in
c) what kind of work experience you have ("international firm" pretty much means everything)
d) what level of job you're more or less looking for
e) what nationality you have
your won't get particularly useful answers.

Also, the forum is quite full already with general information on job search in Switzerland, might want to check some of them out and then ask more specific questions...

One thing upfront: it is definitely NOT easy to find a job in Switzerland.
Thanks for the answer. What about having a first experience in Central Europe? is it a negative signal?



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These factors can help in getting a job in Switzerland. You won't need all of them.
  • being Swiss
  • being a citizen of an EU country
  • speaking, reading, writing, understanding a Swiss language
  • having a qualification that is already esteemed by the Swiss companies in that field
  • having a Swiss qualification
  • being polite, punctual, clean, modest and non-flashy
  • having a solid cv, according to the Swiss way of doing things
  • being persistent in looking, looking, looking for work, including re-working your cv and each letter of application to tailor-make them to the specific employer and the specific job
  • networking amongst people who already work in Switzerland in your field.

And, maybe, reading many threads on this forum.

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Thanks for the answer. What about having a first experience in Central Europe? is it a negative signal?
not negative but Central Europe often means near-shore.
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Actually, my main question is about the following: do swiss firms consider badly a first job in a Central European country or is it about the reputation of the firm at which we work and the job we have?
You can hardly be penalised (when you later apply for a job in Switzerland) for having first had a job in a central European country.

The important part (for a prospective employer in Switzerland) will be what you did in that first job. What, exactly, were the contents of the projects on which you worked, and your personal areas of responsibility? How did they relate to what you had studied and published? What was your rank in that company, and did you progress within that company? And, more than anything else, how relevant is all that experience to the specific new job for which you are applying?
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Thanks for the answer. What about having a first experience in Central Europe? is it a negative signal?
I expect it could be a negative signal if you did something dodgy there, if you worked there on projects which would be considered illegal in Switzerland, or if the company for which you work is known to be involved in shady deals.
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not negative but Central Europe often means near-shore.
Thank you, this is very helpful.



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You can hardly be penalised (when you later apply for a job in Switzerland) for having first had a job in a central European country.

The important part (for a prospective employer in Switzerland) will be what you did in that first job. What, exactly, were the contents of the projects on which you worked, and your personal areas of responsibility? How did they relate to what you had studied and published? What was your rank in that company, and did you progress within that company? And, more than anything else, how relevant is all that experience to the specific new job for which you are applying?
I appreciate the answer.



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I expect it could be a negative signal if you did something dodgy there, if you worked there on projects which would be considered illegal in Switzerland, or if the company for which you work is known to be involved in shady deals.

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Old 25.06.2018, 08:46
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Thanks for the answer. What about having a first experience in Central Europe? is it a negative signal?
I'm not sure I follow your train of thought on this one. Why would having first experience in "Central Europe" (meaning where exactly - that's about 10 or so different countries) be a negative signal?
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Re: Recruitment criteria in Switzerland

This following trade-off: do firms in Switzerland prefer someone with solid and relevent project experience even if it is nearshoring (Central Europe) or do they prefer someone who already works in Switzerland even if the experience is not as relevent?


=> Do firms in Switzerland prefer significantly to hire someone who already works in Switzerland?



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I'm not sure I follow your train of thought on this one. Why would having first experience in "Central Europe" (meaning where exactly - that's about 10 or so different countries) be a negative signal?
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Yes, but that is due to the current situation on permits. If you have a good track record (and depending on your nationality), you can find a job here, although it is not easy.
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Yes, but that is due to the current situation on permits. If you have a good track record (and depending on your nationality), you can find a job here, although it is not easy.
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And depending on my nationality: is an EU nationality good enough?



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This following trade-off: do firms in Switzerland prefer someone with solid and relevent project experience even if it is nearshoring (Central Europe) or do they prefer someone who already works in Switzerland even if the experience is not as relevent?


=> Do firms in Switzerland prefer significantly to hire someone who already works in Switzerland?
Not more or less so than firms in any other country do... Generally speaking anyway. Most countries make a big deal about "local experience"...
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Not more or less so than firms in any other country do... Generally speaking anyway. Most countries make a big deal about "local experience"...
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And depending on my nationality: is an EU nationality good enough?
Depends on what EU nationality. And your experience, what company you worked for, if there is a need for your skills, etc etc
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This following trade-off: do firms in Switzerland prefer someone with solid and relevent project experience even if it is nearshoring (Central Europe) or do they prefer someone who already works in Switzerland even if the experience is not as relevent?


=> Do firms in Switzerland prefer significantly to hire someone who already works in Switzerland?
Aren't you masturbating (this subject) too much? Just follow the Swiss CV format, have in place an EU citizenship, and that's it.
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Sigh... Capo.
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