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Old 06.08.2021, 09:10
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First steps for moving to Switzerland

Hi all!

So it's time to start applying for employment in Switzerland. At the moment I'm trying to come up with an overall plan of attack.

Some points about me:
EU Citizen living in Canada.
Senior Software Engineer with 20 years experience (specifically UI/UX).
Bachelors degree and masters degree in software engineering.
Hoping to move to Zurich as I studied German in school and would like to pick it up again.
Saying that, I would need to be at a place where English was the working language.
Single - will be moving over on my own.

My ideas so far for steps:

1. I've updated my CV to be as clear and concise as possible. Hopefully made it suitable for Switzerland.

2. Gather a list of all recruiters. I see many on this forum. I'll send my CV to them and get feedback.

3. Find a list of companies that work in English (not sure from where) and send them my CV directly.

4. Begin to start researching the various areas around Zurich for somewhere to stay.


Just a few questions. Sorry these are very generalized, I'm just looking for people's overall ideas for now!

- Glassdoor says approx salary is 120K - does anyone think this is realistic? I assume recruiters would advise me on what salary to ask for?

- Obviously there will be openings in tech companies, but is there much software work in other areas (like pharma or banking or others)?

- My current linkedIn profile shows I'm working in Canada, which attracts interest from Canadian companies. Are there any techniques to get it more noticeable in Switzerland? Is linkedIn a good source for opportunities in Switzerland?

- If I start the search now and interviews go well, in your opinion could I be in Switzerland before Christmas?


If anyone has any advice or additional steps to add above, I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks for the help. Looking forward to getting to know this forum more
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Old 06.08.2021, 09:42
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Re: First steps for moving to Switzerland

Good luck. Answers to a couple of your questions...

(1) Glassdoor says approx salary is 120K - does anyone think this is realistic? I assume recruiters would advise me on what salary to ask for?
>> recruiters suggested quite a range to me in the past but I would say 120 is probably about right.

(2) My current linkedIn profile shows I'm working in Canada, which attracts interest from Canadian companies. Are there any techniques to get it more noticeable in Switzerland? Is linkedIn a good source for opportunities in Switzerland?
>> Setup searches for Zurich so you get notifications and can be proactive. Also Indeed and jobup.ch
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Old 06.08.2021, 12:32
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Hi!

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1. I've updated my CV to be as clear and concise as possible. Hopefully made it suitable for Switzerland.
Make it clear that you are an EU citizen. In the top write a big and short summary like "Senior SW Engineer - EU citizen, eligible for B permit". If someone does a quick trimming and only sees "Canada" you'll have lower priority.

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2. Gather a list of all recruiters. I see many on this forum. I'll send my CV to them and get feedback.
I got a bit skeptical of recruiters. They work to match one of their jobs with one of their applicants and get the commission; each of them has a fraction of the available jobs and won't send you for a job if they already have another person for it, even if that would be the best match for you.

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3. Find a list of companies that work in English (not sure from where) and send them my CV directly.
If they need a Senior SW engineer, usually they speak English and likely the job ads will be in English as well.

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- Obviously there will be openings in tech companies, but is there much software work in other areas (like pharma or banking or others)?
Sure. Real Estate, insurances, food industry. Anybody with a website or some internal service. Research.

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- If I start the search now and interviews go well, in your opinion could I be in Switzerland before Christmas?
Not impossible. In 2019 I started sending CVs in August, first interviews came in September and began working Dec 2nd. Could be faster, could be slower; big and/or industrial companies seem to have longer processes.

Hope to welcome you in Zurich soon
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Re: First steps for moving to Switzerland

You say you learned German at school? Do you still speak any and how long would it take you to get a B2 level certificate? Most of the high level software jobs require English but you stand a better chance of catching an employers' attention if you can show that (i) you know some German, and (ii) you are willing to keep learning to further integrate. The general rule is that you need B2 level German to get permanent residency (a C-permit) so if you can use the next 6 months to get that B2 certificate you stand to make your profile more interesting.
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- My current linkedIn profile shows I'm working in Canada, which attracts interest from Canadian companies. Are there any techniques to get it more noticeable in Switzerland? Is linkedIn a good source for opportunities in Switzerland?
My partner got his role by having his CV on Jobserve

https://www.jobserve.com/ch/en/find-...n-switzerland/
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