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Finding employment in Switzerland from the USA

Hello everyone,

I know this topic has been brought up numerous times, but I am looking for current info on finding work in Switzerland. I hold a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability and also have dual citizenship US/Italian. From what I have read online I may be eligible to live in Switzerland, but would need to obtain a residence/work permit after 90 days. I also understand that employers would have to justify hiring a foreigner over Swiss citizens etc. What are the odds of actually finding work within a 90 window, if possible?

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Hello everyone,

I know this topic has been brought up numerous times, but I am looking for current info on finding work in Switzerland. I hold a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability and also have dual citizenship US/Italian. From what I have read online I may be eligible to live in Switzerland, but would need to obtain a residence/work permit after 90 days. I also understand that employers would have to justify hiring a foreigner over Swiss citizens etc. What are the odds of actually finding work within a 90 window, if possible?

Thanks in advance,
Fabio
No, only over Swiss or EU citizens and your Italian passport means you won't have a problem there. Re finding a job in 90 days, I don't know. I have read that the job market is tight and some people look for jobs for up to a year or more. I guess it depends on how sought after your skills are.
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Do you have experience in your profession or just a degree? Do you speak any of the three Swiss languages? The job market is indeed tight as the market is saturated with qualified multi-lingual candidates. If you have just graduated with your B.S., I recommend perhaps enrolling in a masters program in Switzerland if you really want to live and work here.
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No, only over Swiss or EU citizens and your Italian passport means you won't have a problem there. Re finding a job in 90 days, I don't know. I have read that the job market is tight and some people look for jobs for up to a year or more. I guess it depends on how sought after your skills are.
Thanks for the info. In terms of actually finding something prior to moving does not seem likely correct?
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Do you have experience in your profession or just a degree? Do you speak any of the three Swiss languages? The job market is indeed tight as the market is saturated with qualified multi-lingual candidates. If you have just graduated with your B.S., I recommend perhaps enrolling in a masters program in Switzerland if you really want to live and work here.
Thanks for the reply I have less than a years experience in my profession. It took a little while to find something. I can speak/read/write Italian at an intermediate level. A masters program would make sense, but I would still have to find work.
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Thanks for the info. In terms of actually finding something prior to moving does not seem likely correct?
Not likely unfortunately, even professionals who are at the top of the field struggle to find work here - especially in a specialized field such as yours. And if they do find work, moving packages are not offered often these days. Nothing is impossible, but this is not likely unless you have contacts here who can help.
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Re: Finding employment in Switzerland from the USA

My husband holds a Masters in Environmental sustainability from ETH and an other Masters in Energy Engineering. It's a tough market and since you did not mention a top Uni, it will be very hard for you. You'll need to be proficient in one of the Swiss languages and you will have to know the wording of the trade. My husband jokes that he is actually more of a journalist than an engineer.

Laws are different from the US, too.

Wish you luck anyway!
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Not likely unfortunately, even professionals who are at the top of the field struggle to find work here - especially in a specialized field such as yours. And if they do find work, moving packages are not offered often these days. Nothing is impossible, but this is not likely unless you have contacts here who can help.
Thank you, I appreciate the info.
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My husband holds a Masters in Environmental sustainability from ETH and an other Masters in Energy Engineering. It's a tough market and since you did not mention a top Uni, it will be very hard for you. You'll need to be proficient in one of the Swiss languages and you will have to know the wording of the trade. My husband jokes that he is actually more of a journalist than an engineer.

Laws are different from the US, too.

Wish you luck anyway!
Thank you, it just seems that I will have to work harder! Yes, I could understand there being differences, I appreciate the kind words.
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I also understand that employers would have to justify hiring a foreigner over Swiss citizens etc. What are the odds of actually finding work within a 90 window, if possible?
I am an American citizen who applied (and was hired) from the US, to a job in French-speaking Switzerland from the US. I also did not have any French language experience. With that said, I was very qualified for the position which I was applying, and my previous job was in a similar industry. French was also not a requirement of my job description.

The company did need to provide extra documentation to the Swiss authorities explaining that they performed an exhaustive search within Switzerland and the EU, before they decided to hire me. They also needed to describe the reasons why my credentials made me the best candidate for the job, out of the other applicants.

I probably defied some odds, but it8217;s by no means unobtainable. I applied to Switzerland as a joke (knowing that the odds were against me), but I knew that I8217;d be considered since I had a background which was uniquely suited for the position. I also did not have to move a family, which probably also helped.
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