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What is the best accepted CV in Switzerland?
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

One with all the qualifications/experience on it the employer is looking for??
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I do know this, but formally which is the more accepted type.
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

It depends on the employer. And international organisation will be looking for something different than an old Swiss partnership.
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Old 06.07.2020, 18:43
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I do know this, but formally which is the more accepted type.
Accepted is the „Swiss type“ that includes a photo, your Birthday, marital status and number of kids... allegedly even the „Heimatort“.

The Swiss don’t do the anti-discrimination stuff... they want you to advertise yourself to them.
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

Whatever else you send with it, the salient information should fit onto one A4 page. Nothing flashy or boastful.

Be sure to add your permit status, if you already have permission to live in Switzerland.
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What is the best accepted CV in Switzerland?
A good one.

Honestly, what "types" are we to choose between? Sure, there's a recognised Swiss type, which RAV, for example, will insist that you use, but in practice you should be adapting your CV for every serious application you make, depending on the employer and the role. I'm not aware of any other specific type to which you might be expected to conform.

In general, the big multinationals are much less likely to be bothered by whether it conforms to Swiss or any other type you could think of, smaller Swiss employers may be more picky if it's a role that many potential applicants can do, but for more specialised roles you should possibly make more of a deal of your actual value to them ahead of the boring stuff like education and qualifications.
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

The one with tickets to the next open air.
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Old 06.07.2020, 19:13
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Be sure to add your permit status, if you already have permission to live in Switzerland.
This. Make sure you explain to them that you don’t need them to get you a permit
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

OH did a bit of research on the internet into the format they like CVs to be in here in Switzerland and he took it from there.
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What is the best accepted CV in Switzerland?
To answer your question, the CV which gets you the job is the best CV.
Most people in HR are blatant morons and strictly go by the line manager's criteria. They don't look for talent or a potential career path further down the line within the company. Hence, it all depends what the HR person learned during their 2 day Migros Klubschule Crash Course 101, after which they were certified as "Talent Acquisition Expert".
My advice to you, send out a CV you personally feel comfortable with. A Swiss CV, including all the required bells and whistles may work for somebody raised in Switzerland, or some German who's really trying hard to integrate but if you were brought up elsewhere, I'd go for something more conducive to your upbringing and cultural relevance.
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

Of course, I already have a residence permit.

In the current situation, this is part-time work(kurzearbeit). My current company is not working 100% yet, and it is even more and more difficult to start working with us. That's why I want to change jobs.
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Old 06.07.2020, 23:09
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I do know this, but formally which is the more accepted type.
If you're referring to templates, during my job search I had the impression that the Europass CV template is a bit too long for Swiss standards, I used it at first but I dropped after talking with other applicants and tutors. I went for a custom, 1-page template, 1 side with the summary and the other with the publication list.

Also, the whole application needs attention, not just the CV. This might be useful: https://ethz.ch/en/the-eth-zurich/wo...for-a-job.html
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

Best to go with a Swiss-style one with photo, DOB and nationality, permit & family status, email & phone number, address and (if possible) LinkedIn URL - even international companies here will have a Swiss-leaning HR dept and you get zero points for trying their patience with non-conformance.

Start with 2-4 bullet points profile of what you are professionally, and 3-5 bullet points of your really key skills.

Next up is professional experience - limit your job info to last 10 years at most, with most recent listed first. Each role should have 1 line explanation and 3-6 lines of ideally significant achievements, responsibilities etc in the role - try to use action words in these. If you have a long job history, list the earlier roles after this - one-per-line: date, company, location, role - nothing more.

Next up is your professional training, followed by your higher education.

Only include hobbies/interests if you need to fill out an otherwise rather empty page, otherwise skip them - and if you do include them, make sure there is nothing obviously objectionable in there. Generally better to skip them tbh, they will likely come up in the interview anyway.

Don't include references or any comment that references are available upon request (they know that, and it just wastes valuable CV space).

Always send with a covering letter/email explaining why you want the role and would be great for it, and asking next steps.
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Re: Which is the Best CV....

The best CVs are those that are concise, give a clear overview of skills and key responsibilities in previous jobs. Also make sure to specify any language skills. In Switzerland employers would expect a reference letter ( mandatory if you have worked for a Swiss company before).
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