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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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