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Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Hi all,

What a great forum this is, so much info to absorb and so many helpful members!
I was hoping I could get some advice, so I'll share my conundrum with you.

Intro:
I'm starting a MSc in Business Administration in Luzern, this September and I eventually need a part-time job to sustain myself during the 2 year study programme. Currently in the Netherlands, well prepared to make the move in August (already got a WG-zimmer).
Although I have the opportunity to move to Luzern in July, hopefully improving my chance to find a job by making the move, and having a month extra time.
English is proficient, German still A2, although have started a German language course.

Main question:
- How can I make this earlier move as beneficial as possible, in finding a job?

With subquestions:
- Can I actually visit companies with my cv, certificates, reference letters etc, to show my (masked)face and apply to a certain job? Or is that a no-go during covid and useless as they want me to apply online?
- Should I not bother going earlier in july vs august and just study German full time?
- Is the only plus of moving to Switzerland that I have a swiss address (and phone number)? Or is there more I can do to improve my chances of finding a job?
- Why is it so important for them that you should live in Switzerland to have any chance, even with a Swiss university admission? Like others, I feel like my cv gets tossed in the bin the moment they see I'm from the Netherlands.

Some extra info on the side:
Finished BSc Automotive Business Management (not the best grades), 4 years of R&D/team/project management experience both extra-curricular and professional (two good reference letters), 3 internships as Business Analyst at large internationals. Currently out of a job for 13 months as I needed some self development, found out how useless my BSc degree is and tried to figure out how to move to Switzerland for 5 months (including applying to both uni and jobs).


I hope I described my scenario and questions well enough.
Really, any thoughts are helpful, thanks!
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Old 24.05.2021, 15:28
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Hello, welcome to the forum.

First thing to check is how many hours you are allowed to work per week. If I remember well, it's 15 hours per week. And, you need to notify the university about it.

About arriving early to learn German, do it. You'll need it for daily life anyway.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Thanks Axa!

I'm aware of the max. 15 hour p/week working hours, that should be fine.
Although I was curious how moving to Switzerland will be beneficial for finding a job sooner.
And then, what is the benefit? Purely my Swiss address and phone number? Or the ability to visit companies?
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Switzerland is not cheap - you’ll probably lose more money coming early than you’ll save by looking for a job early.
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Old 24.05.2021, 16:15
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Thanks Axa!

I'm aware of the max. 15 hour p/week working hours, that should be fine.
Although I was curious how moving to Switzerland will be beneficial for finding a job sooner.
And then, what is the benefit? Purely my Swiss address and phone number? Or the ability to visit companies?
I mentioned arriving earlier because you have the opportunity to learn German. Which is useful to go shopping, do you paperwork at the gemeinde, deal with health insurance, meeting people, making friends, etc.

To be hones, I have no idea if a Swiss address makes a difference to look for a job. I don't have the experience. Got hired initially from another country, the one time I changed jobs I was already here. Sorry, can't help on this.
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Thanks Axa!

I'm aware of the max. 15 hour p/week working hours, that should be fine.
Although I was curious how moving to Switzerland will be beneficial for finding a job sooner.
And then, what is the benefit? Purely my Swiss address and phone number? Or the ability to visit companies?
The benefit, though how much it applies to students, is that employers here are strongly encouraged to hire people who already have a permit to live/work here. So you having such a permit may help. That said, July/August are holiday periods here so how much hiring will be going on ....
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

@Island Monkey:It is! Although I'm stepping down a little in living comforts, so I'm gonna spend about the same as I do now. (incl health insurance, tuition fees,rent, food etc.)

@Axa: True, the move will also help with learning German in normal everyday activities.

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The benefit, though how much it applies to students, is that employers here are strongly encouraged to hire people who already have a permit to live/work here. So you having such a permit may help. That said, July/August are holiday periods here so how much hiring will be going on ....
Ah good point, probably saves them (and me) time to have already figured that out, being all ready to go. Thanks
I'm also concerned by other students finishing their current semester, starting to look for a summer job in the coming weeks, basically competition haha
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Check with the school if you can work from the beginning. I think you need to wait for three months but I am not sure so check this please.
If you can leave earlier I would go to a German city ie. Köln to study German full-time for those two weeks to a month. This will give you a headstart into German. And there is no Swiss-German to confuse you there neither
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Re: Moving to Switzerland earlier to find job?

Perhaps you can use your future Swiss address on your CV? Or instead make it very clear at the top that you are relocating to Switzerland for school?

I would not visit businesses unless it is a hiring agency or you are taking a restaurant type job ...

If you really want to learn German, I would recommend learning in Germany - much cheaper and well, they actually speak German. Freiburg is a nice German city and close to Switzerland.

Good luck!
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Check with the school if you can work from the beginning. I think you need to wait for three months but I am not sure so check this please.
If you can leave earlier I would go to a German city ie. Köln to study German full-time for those two weeks to a month. This will give you a headstart into German. And there is no Swiss-German to confuse you there neither
That is only for non-EU/EFTA countries I believe it's even 6 months.
As a EU citizen I can directly work, albeit only 15 hours per week and full time during summer break.
Thanks for the headsup anyway!

I've been taught German in high school for 2 years, played DuoLingo for a few months recently and started a German course as well, so I do know the basics. And being Dutch, I already understand 50% of German words luckily, as they are similar.
I mostly intend to study for my German class that period, and getting familiar with the Swiss German or Swiss accent in high German.
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Perhaps you can use your future Swiss address on your CV? Or instead make it very clear at the top that you are relocating to Switzerland for school?

I would not visit businesses unless it is a hiring agency or you are taking a restaurant type job ...

If you really want to learn German, I would recommend learning in Germany - much cheaper and well, they actually speak German. Freiburg is a nice German city and close to Switzerland.

Good luck!
I tried that, but no luck yet.
Perhaps I can leave my Dutch address alltogether and act as if I already live there. Because by the time my application is reviewed and if they invite me for a meeting, we're probably already in july anyway
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