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How to figure out my chances of getting a job?

Hey there forum


I'm Israeli, married to a swiss citizen and lately we had our first daughter (who's also go a swiss passport obviously).


We currently live in Israel and contemplating a move in a year or so (hopefully coronavirus situation would be better by then) so our daughter can be closer to my wife's parents and be exposed to the language, as well as just wanting to try it out. We hope that we can live in the German part (As my wife from Zurich), but we're willing to be flexible for work.



I'm working as an engineer for SW \ HW companies dealing with the technical aspects of the business side (whether meeting customers and doing demos and technical sales, doing tech support to project management).



I'm trying to figure out my chances of finding jobs in my field, or other IT fields (I do programming as part of my job but wouldn't consider myself senior by any means, nevertheless I'll do that if needed and possible).
I don't speak German and doubt that I'll be anywhere near working proficiency by the time we move.

In Israel I know the job market very well and I know my options, but I'm trying to figure out what are my chances of getting a job in Switzerland.


I looked at linkedin and found a few job openings (mostly in multinationals) but although they don't specify that you need to know a local language, should it be implied in customer facing roles? In Israel I had jobs where I worked both with local and foreign companies, but also some roles that I exclusively work with foreign companies and anyway, all professional communication is done in english.


So my first actual question is how do I find if I've got a shot? Do I just apply to jobs from abroad? Is it practical for me to actually be considered? I also assume that once I get to Switzerland I have to get the whole work permit sorted out which would take time.


Second question is what are my options if I can't get a job before coming to Switzerland? We are under the assumption that I'd have a higher income as my wife isn't sure she wants to pursue the career she had in Switzerland before she left, but she can for sure get a not so dreamy job for 4-5K CHF a month. The question is, are there such jobs for non German speakers? If I'm ok with accepting a whatever job until I can find something in my field, is it possible to also earn 4-5K without German?


The main point is if I'm willing to be very flexible for the first year or so (surviving but not living in poverty ), is it highly likely that I'll find a job in IT?



Yeah, any help would be welcomed!
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Old 30.08.2020, 15:33
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Re: How to figure out my chances of getting a job?

Welcome to the Forum. I don't know about your job chances, so have a bump.
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Old 31.08.2020, 07:57
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Re: How to figure out my chances of getting a job?

Welcome to the forum.

Short answer is you just don't know whether you have a chance to get a job here until you try. Non-EU nationals are last in the job queue and employers have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job before they'd be allowed to hire you. The non-EU hiring criteria is here.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

For a customer facing role, yes more than likely you're going to need to speak a Swiss language since most of your customers aren't going to speak English.

The other thing to remember is that, along with the non-EU hassle, employers are encouraged to hire people who already live/work here, i.e. already have a Swiss residence permit.

There is a possible way to make things a bit easier and that's for your wife to find a job here first; you all move here and then you can look for a job as well. Why is it easier? Because it bypasses the non-EU hiring criteria and gets you that Swiss permit at the same time. So long as your wife can prove she can support her dependents (you and child) and has accommodation big enough for all of you, you can get a family reunification permit which gives you the right to live and work here. Requirements for Swiss national dependents will be similar to this.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta

Once you have your permit you can apply for any job you like whether it's in your field of expertise or not.
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