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Finding a job in Zurich

Hello I have recently moved to Zurich and looking for any type of job that only requires me to speak English. I have looked at the previous chats and even used some of the Links but still no luck!!! I previously worked as a receptionist in the UK but am willing to do any type of work to get onto the employment ladder. Any advice would be greatly appreciated??
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Welcome to the forum.

It is possible to get a job speaking only English (or at least with a little German) but not easy. Best is to start learning some basic German now so you have a better chance. This FB group often has job offers with little German needed

English Speaking Jobs in Zürich
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Thank you :-))
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

a) what nationality are you (assume UK, but not sure)?
b) what permit do you have?
c) what educational background if any do you have?
d) how much work experience do you have?

etc.pp.


Roughly every customer/client-facing role, no matter the level, can't be done without speaking at least some German as said customers/clients will for the most part be German-speaking. You wouldn't find a job as a receptionist in the UK without speaking English... So same applies in reverse. Grumpy has linked the sticky, but typically most jobs require some knowledge of at least one local language (again, particularly if customer/client-facing in some shape or form), as they tend to do in most countries, and the only people that get away with English only are those fairly or very high up in some large and/or international corporation.
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

hello Samaire13


Thank you for your reply and the answers to your questions are;


a) what nationality are you (assume UK, but not sure)? British Sikh
b) what permit do you have? Ive applied for one
c) what educational background if any do you have?
Im a qualified Nursery Nurse,
Social Worker,
Experienced Revenues Officer,
Experienced Receptionist...

d) how much work experience do you have? I have 10 years experiences a Nursery Nurse, 6 months experience as a social worker and three years as a receptionist.


It'll take me ages to learn German but will look into it but for the meantime is there any type of work I could do until then???
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Below are several job board links to review:

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

Consider using these two job search spiders listed:

https://www.indeed.ch/

https://jobsuchmaschine.ch/en/

These links might also be useful:

https://www.liliput.ch/stellenmarkt

https://www.anibis.ch/de/job-job-ang...dvertlist.aspx

https://www.tutti.ch/de/li/ganze-schweiz/stellen-kurse

As an English-speaker, the OP might wish to focus on jobs in tourist areas and at the Zurich or other major Swiss airports. There are also often positions for English-speakers in production and packing. The upcoming ski and Christmas seasons might present an opportunity for temporary jobs.

Good luck to you!
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Hello Mullhollander


Thank you sooo much for this information :-))


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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

You have only applied for a permit? You have pretty much next to no chance in finding a job with your qualifications without a permit. Why did you come to Switzerland?

With your medical and receptionist background, perhaps trying one of the pharma companies might be a good idea...could you do admin work?
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Hello Swisstobe


Yes I have applied for a permit and hopefully will get one soon. Yeah I know I need a permit before applying for a job. I came to Switzerland to live with my partner.


I will look into pharma companies and yes I have many years of experience working in Admin


Thank you


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...and the only people that get away with English only are those fairly or very high up in some large and/or international corporation.
Or me... I have never had a job here that required German only English, so there's always hope.
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Or me... I have never had a job here that required German only English, so there's always hope.
Exception though, not the rule There's always "one" where the general rough rules don't apply, but one should never focus too much on that...


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With your medical and receptionist background, perhaps trying one of the pharma companies might be a good idea...could you do admin work?
Having worked in one, even receptionists in Pharma speak German.

Admin could work though, depending on the exact department. Insanely hard to get in without contacts though. As in most larger companies. Still, might be worth looking into.
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Hello JoeUK


Thank you for your reply.


That's GREAT NEWS!!! So how did you find these jobs??


Any advice would be appreciated


Thanks


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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Hi JasKaur


I work in a company where German is not needed. I will send you the details privately.
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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

The lower down the chain, the more important the local language.


If you are CEO, everybody will speak the language you speka, and those who don't, unfortunately don't get so much of a look in.


If you are receptionist, you need to reception people and some of those will have to be in German as believe it or not we are living in a country that predominately speaks.....Guees !! GERMAN !!


If i was in UK and said i only spak German, will you give me receptionist job, i really wonder what the answer or reaction would be ?
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Hello JoeUK


Thank you for your reply.


That's GREAT NEWS!!! So how did you find these jobs??


Any advice would be appreciated


Thanks


Jas
The first was a company transfer, the rest all came via jobserve.com although I wasn't specifically looking for English speaking roles. That was just how the cards fell.
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Thank you JoeUK


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Re: Finding a job in Zurich

Hello StelladOrienta

I moved here from the UK with my husband 2 years ago, my last position in the UK I worked as a customer service administrator for a company selling medical consumables to hospitals and care homes. Please can ask if you can send me details of the company that doesn't require any German. I have done the 1st part of A1 German course. Thanks in advance.
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Exception though, not the rule There's always "one" where the general rough rules don't apply, but one should never focus too much on that...
I'm well aware it's an exception, hence I offered hope.
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If you are receptionist, you need to reception people and some of those will have to be in German as believe it or not we are living in a country that predominately speaks.....Guees !! GERMAN !!

If i was in UK and said i only spak German, will you give me receptionist job, i really wonder what the answer or reaction would be ?
Unnecessarily rude. English in CH has a very different status from German in the UK.

There are many international companies here with English as their official language, though it’s true that the less specialised the position the more likely you’ll need a local language.

OP — search this forum for 'English speaking companies' as there are several threads on this topic.
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