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Job hunt via recruitment agencies

Hi all,

I have sent my CV and cover letter to several agencies some weeks ago. We plan on moving to Bern in Feb. 2020 (my partner has a job there), so I wanted to get some feedback on my chances in finding a job. I also included some general questions.

I never received any answers and after sending a reminder, most remained silent. Some agencies did answer to let me know I was not selected for the job I applied for, which is strange as I did not apply for a certain function. I merely sent some questions.
Anyway, it is clear that they are not interested in helping me. I'll have to figure this out myself.

Therefore, I post a summary of my questions here.
- Is a CV and cover letter sufficient for applying for a job in Switzerland?
- As I come from a maritime sector (project engineer for offshore projects), will it be easy to find a job as project engineer?
- Are there a lot of opportunities in or around Bern?
- Are there some international companies that would be a good solution for me? My German is not great (working on it), French is ok. Obviously, a company where English is the main language has my preference.
- Can you give any kind of estimate of a possible wage?
- What kind of benefits are usually given by employers?

My profile in short: In uni, I studied geomatics and did an additional master in marine geology. I have 5 years of experience in an international offshore construction company as technical project engineer.

Thanks in advance for your help! Much appreciated.

Best regards
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Old 15.06.2019, 20:21
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I don't have any idea how to help with your job search, but welcome to the Forum anyway.
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Since nationality plays a part in what permit your partner is likely to get can you say whether they are EU/non-EU? If non-EU then if they get an L permit you would also get this. Which means any recruitment agency is useless to you since employers to have apply to be able to hire you. If your partner gets a B then it's not so much of a problem.

If they/you are EU nationals then the above doesn't apply.

In both cases however, note that the Swiss give priority to those who already have a permit to live/work here so maybe the job hunting will have to wait until you actually get here and get your permit.
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And exactly what use do you see with marine biology in a land-locked country ?
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Since nationality plays a part in what permit your partner is likely to get can you say whether they are EU/non-EU? If non-EU then if they get an L permit you would also get this. Which means any recruitment agency is useless to you since employers to have apply to be able to hire you. If your partner gets a B then it's not so much of a problem.

If they/you are EU nationals then the above doesn't apply.

In both cases however, note that the Swiss give priority to those who already have a permit to live/work here so maybe the job hunting will have to wait until you actually get here and get your permit.
I am an EU citizen (Belgium).

Is this work permit really an issue? I heard that it is fairly easy to get for a European citizen?

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And exactly what use do you see with marine biology in a land-locked country ?
I have experience in project engineering, mainly electrical and mechanical stuff. I know nothing about biology ;-)

We plan on moving because my partner has a job opportunity here.
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I am an EU citizen (Belgium).

Is this work permit really an issue? I heard that it is fairly easy to get for a European citizen?

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As said, if EU then all that doesn't apply. You just turn up with your employment contract, passport and some photos and register. If you're EU and don't have a job yet, you don't even need to do that. You can be here for up to 3 months without registering as being resident to look for a job. If you don't find one in that time, then if you want to continue looking you'll need to register and get a 3 month job hunter's L permit.
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