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Swiss CV vs American CV

Swiss CVs are long, boring, numeration of you, your accomplishments, your family, interests, and former dabblings in pop music (Gotthard vs. Europa).

American CVs are fun, exciting, and short.

I have both. Which one has a better chance of getting me a good job here in kanton Zurich?
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Old 05.08.2008, 22:25
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Swiss CVs are long, boring, numeration of you, your accomplishments, your family, interests, and former dabblings in pop music (Gotthard vs. Europa).

American CVs are fun, exciting, and short.

I have both. Which one has a better chance of getting me a good job here in kanton Zurich?
When in Rome...

I be thinking that in Züri they just might prefer the Swiss one.
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Old 05.08.2008, 23:24
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

I had a Swiss friend write my CV for me and was offered really ****ty jobs in finance. Then I got an American friend to write my CV and got the swiss friend to translate it in german. Needless to say I was offered great jobs. Go for the American CV...and best of luck :-)
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

Your yank one.

There are many other threads on this already.

If want to work for a bigger international firm or in IT, your manager could well be non-Swiss and probably non-German speaking.

Swiss and German CVs are equally turgid.
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American CVs are fun, exciting, and short.
American's don't have CV's they have Résumés, it's the British who have CV's.

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American's don't have CV's they have Résumés, it's the British who have CV's.

Nope, Americans have CV's too - but usually in research or academia - or if there is a desire for some detail. Resumes are usually quite brief - about 2 pages if you've got a lot of experience. Still I'd go with the US one.
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There is no such thing as one size fits all. It depends on who you are applying to and for what job. Each résumé/CV (call it what you will, there’s no difference whatever anybody says) should be tailor made so it’ s as brief as possible but sells you for that particular job. I wouldn’t think of it in terms of Swiss, American, UK or whatever. Think of it as a sales pitch, because you are selling yourself in the context of what the employer needs. Anything over two pages of boilerplate history and you risk attention deficit if there is a usually a stack to get through. Unless headhunters target you then you are competing for attention. In general employers care about the relevance of your qualifications, skills and experience for the job they are trying to fill. They also care about languages, motivation, commitment and value added- one short para on that and that’s what will you make you stand out. And one other thing, assuming you can supply a flattering one, a photo really helps. All of that is what gets you an interview, not your marital status, number of kids, hobbies and preference in food, music, sports or books unless it's directly relevant. And yes, in my experience, Americans are better at doing this than Europeans.

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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

Just from my own experience, I used my American CV and put my birthdate at the top to make it Swiss. I know that is not really how it works, but that is all I did and I got a lot of interviews in a short period of time... with large companies.

Not sure if this works for all industries, but it worked for mine (online marketing).

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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

It depends on the industry and type of work you are looking for.

I agree for international companies, try and find a good mixture without making too much of a story from your previous roles.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

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Swiss CVs are long, boring, numeration of you, your accomplishments, your family, interests, and former dabblings in pop music (Gotthard vs. Europa).

American CVs are fun, exciting, and short.

I have both. Which one has a better chance of getting me a good job here in kanton Zurich?

Swiss style CV with a picture on it. They want all the history since elementary
school, high school, uni.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

A CV whether American or Swiss will not get you a job. CV's will get you an interview. It is you who will get the job or not.
I have been interviewed and have interviewed people. My experience is that the shorter the better.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

I've had good luck going with a Swiss format, but using American language. Keep the high level of detail, but use American "action" words, make your CV "exciting" (for lack of a better term). Americans tend to be more adept at self-selling (yes, yes, insert joke here), so take advantage of that; brag about your accomplishments with just a hint of modesty.

Of course, don't lie or exaggerate (too much) either; you can fully expect to be quizzed about every detail once you get to the interview.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

I have heard Swiss and Germans complain that there is no picture
on an American CV.

I personally don't like a picture on a CV, but when in Zürich, do as
the Zürichers do.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

wow, an american CV. well apply for the job of god or...maybe you can apply first for president of switzerland? show them boring swissies how to rule, (super)man!?
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

Why create a Swiss/German CV when you'll probably work for a bigger MNC rather than a 100% Swiss local company?

What about all those expats in US, UK and pretty much everywhere else who found a job in Switzerland using their 2 or 3 page Anglo CV?

When I've seen CVs here, I've only seen Swiss/German ones from Swiss/German folks but Anglo ones from all nationalities.

Any employer who wants to know my shoe size, kids' names and whether I had detention at school is not for me.
Especially if they want a photo to have a beauty contest.

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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

we (swiss comp) have a branch in US and we get applications in from americans to work in CH with us. we make often contests in HR who counts the most "action words" in US CVs and laugh our asses off how much its all self-praise, hyperbole.


thats why i agree with american CVs are fun.

it seems none of you has an idea of a german/swiss CV. they have to be short and should match the position as much as possible. 1,5minutes/average an HR guy takes time to pre-check applications, CVs, when he decides interview-pile/bin.

your family, interests...thats oldschool better rework your CV, change your coach or who ever tells you such crap. CV never longer than 2 pages, only last 3 jobs in more brief detail rest in summary.

you should check propper HR forums like on xing.com group "bewerbung und recruiting" but this requires high german. there real professional hr recruiters give real inside view how the process and materials to be handed in are looked at, what the trend is like....free of charge.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

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Why create a Swiss/German CV when you'll probably work for a bigger MNC rather than a 100% Swiss local company?

What about all those expats in US, UK and pretty much everywhere else who found a job in Switzerland using their 2 or 3 page Anglo CV?

When I've seen CVs here, I've only seen Swiss/German ones from Swiss/German folks but Anglo ones from all nationalities.

Any employer who wants to know my shoe size, kids' names and whether I had detention at school is not for me.
Especially if they want a photo to have a beauty contest.

In Zürich do what gets you the job, not what the Zürchers do...
Well, I work for a 100% Swiss company, and they didn't accept my CV the
first time. The second time, I wrote it in German with a picture. Voila!!
I work there now.
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Well, I work for a 100% Swiss company, and they didn't accept my CV the
first time. The second time, I wrote it in German with a picture. Voila!!
I work there now.
You're in Baar working for a 100% Swiss company...
Not an MNC near Zürich like the hoi polloi.

Not a comparison and does not contradict what I said.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

I work in Luzern, but I live in Baar.
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Re: Swiss CV vs American CV

Could anyone set a link for an American CV ? Would like to see it.

BTW, changed my CV from a german styled one to a british styled and it looks much better.
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