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Job hopping in Switzerland

Hi all,

Just looking for advice regarding the Swiss job market. I have been with my current employer for a year, I was at my previous job for 4 years. I have been contacted by my dream company for a position that sounds like a great fit for me.

However, I am concerned about potentially leaving a job after only 1/1.5 years, as I wonder if future Swiss recruiters will look at my resume less favorably because of that. I have been in Switzerland for nearly 3 years now.

Does anyone know if having short stints on one's resume is a big deal in Switzerland?

Thanks!
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Old 04.02.2021, 12:01
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

It is certainly less common here than in UK or US. Whether this will looked at critically, who knows. Important you can always soundly explain the reasons. If your history is 4 + 1, I would not be concerned. If you had 4 jobs in 4 years, different story.

Great job, dream company? What are you waiting for?
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

No worries, just go ahead.
Especially with the dream job/role thing.
We are not in the 80s with "one job for life" thinking.
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

Recruiters will be more interested in why you changed than just that you changed quickly. I used to work as a headhunter, and as a rule they typically find it less likely to move people who spend more than 4 years at the same company. That is perhaps more true for come industries more than others, but if you are concerned about what recruiters think then stay with your dream company for more than a year, seems win-win.
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

When you said "job hopping", I had a very different scenario in mind. Two jobs in five years is perfectly reasonable, especially if you had a choice of leaving. And if it's your dream job you are moving on to, then you are probably not going to leave it so soon, right?
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

You can always say that you were consulting or worked on contracts. To work several months long stints only is not uncommon in Switzerland.
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

Depends on the industry. Switzerland is a small market and people in managerial positions tend to know their counterparts at other firms within the same industry.

I have changed jobs twice over a 5 year period and it's always the first question that I get asked by recruiters/managers here. Ultimately it has never prevented me from being hired so I agree that this is no longer the 1980's but it can still seen as a red flag.

Personally, if this is a dream job then take it. Remember, companies have no loyalty to you and will fire you the minute they need to reward shareholders or protect their bottom line.
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

1 - 1.5 years is not much but still not little and you could definitely support your current company during this period so it is OK to move on.

Just be sure that your dream company/job is actually like that and ask them questions during the interviews to be sure so that you don't end up in a situation where your dream job becomes a hell that you want to escape, again in less than a year
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

This is not a problem at all - many companies only offer 6-9 month contracts and recruiters won’t think twice about this.

Go for your dream & good luck!
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

I am a manager and have hired 3-4 people, usually I look at short stints unfavorably if it's more than one. (just my personal input)
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

I don't know that many people, OP, with only one job, at a time..So there is a lot of variety of what can be seen as "stints". Employed and freelancing or employed at a couple of places or freelancing at a couple of places. Most people have a few gigs simultaneously, to have just one fulltime job is too risky these days. I think it will be even more pronounced by the covid situation and layoffs. Not saying don't be disloyal to your main job but just saying - take it and still keep looking, if possible. We are not in the 80s no more.
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Re: Job hopping in Switzerland

Regarding employer loyality: In Switzerland in the past there was an unwritten loyality agreement between employer and employee. It was not uncommon that employees spent more than 30years at the same company. This agreement has been broken by the employer with the initiation of the free movement of people law. With this new law the employer had now access to the 350mio (cheap) labor market of the EU. Now to reduce costs and increase shareholder value banks created offshore centers called e.g. "centre of excellence" and backoffice/operations-units near border to e.g Germany and employed border crossers. Of cours long-term locals were not willing to move to the new location and therefore got terminated.



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