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Old 25.09.2020, 10:46
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Re: Degree of formality in job applications

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Yea, don’t know why some people are happy to waste their time doing interviews etc for jobs they are never going to get...but they are.
Well when you have the RAV breathing down your neck you go to those interviews.
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Old 25.09.2020, 11:44
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That was my initial point... Giving those kinds of details is a big no-no everywhere else (and both employees and employers seem to agree on this one) because of possible discrimination. Sad to see that Switzerland hasn't gotten in sync with this.

Pretending differences doesn't exist is not a way to avoid discrimination. Acknowledging the differences and hiring the person anyway is the way.
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Hi everyone,

I am soon moving to Switzerland (the city/canton depends on where I find a job), and, coming from the American market, I've already seen some differences in the degree of formality expected from an application.

A bit of background, I'm in architecture, which tends to be a little less formal than a lot of other fields, but I don't want to be misaligned, so I'm trying to gauge a few things:

-First, whether it's okay to address people by their first name on job applications.
-Second, whether it's okay to write the cover letter as the email body and not as an attachment,
-Third, whether I can skip personal details such as age, nationality, picture, etc. in my CV (I just don't like putting anything in a CV that cannot be freely and openly discussed, and I don't think my face or my nationality should be a discussion topic)

I'm thankful in advance for those of you who can share some tips based on your experience!

Gonzalo
Having had a large debate with several people - it really depends on the company and team.

I work for a Big4 - and I don't mind candidates addressing me by my first name. More often than not, the cover letter is taken from a generic template, so I skim those and don't really go into details there. The content of the CV is what I base my decision to interview or not.

I profoundly dislike the very common practice here of putting picture, marital status, birthdate, etc on a CV - but I won't exclude someone because they do /don't do so.

Unfortunately Nationality is indeed something we are forced to ask - if you are non-EU (or even British), our hiring process is MUCH more complex (British because of the uncertainty of what will happen), so while it doesn't exclude a candidate right away, it does reduce their attractiveness.
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