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Old 07.09.2008, 22:31
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any experience with finding a part time job?

Hi,
I just got a new interesting position in a pharmaceutical company. I am very happy about it and looking forward to start- the only down side is that is 100% and not 80% as we discussed during the interview. basically it was ok with my future supervisor (man) to work 80%, but his boss (woman) did not agree on it...
I am just wondering what is your experience with finding a part time job. was it easy to find it or did you negotiate it later in time?

at the moment I am worried on how I will do with my little daughter. i feel that I will have no time for her

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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

Hi Sally,
I guess it all depends on the policy of the company.
Maybe you could negotiate working fulltime but 1 day per week from home?

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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

Try searching for your skill and 50%, 60%, 80% on the job sites. I see loads of part-time jobs advertised. Apply only for these jobs. Applying for a 100% job and then asking a few months later to work less would be really annoying for your employer.

I started working 60% after my son was born. I was with the company over 2 years beforehand.
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Hi,
I just got a new interesting position in a pharmaceutical company. I am very happy about it and looking forward to start- the only down side is that is 100% and not 80% as we discussed during the interview. basically it was ok with my future supervisor (man) to work 80%, but his boss (woman) did not agree on it...
I am just wondering what is your experience with finding a part time job. was it easy to find it or did you negotiate it later in time?

at the moment I am worried on how I will do with my little daughter. i feel that I will have no time for her

cheers,
sally
Working 80% almost feels like 100%, except on your salary slip. It really isn't part time at all. Part time is 50 -60% maximim. It is extremely difficult to negotiate going part time after you have worked 100%. If you applied for a position that was advertised at 80%, then why was it only 100%? Many ads often read 80 - 100% and I have no idea why they do this.

It is always easier to find a job once you have one, I would recommend trying the 100% and see how it works out, and if it doesn't, then you can explore other options.

Good luck. Hope you find a good solution.
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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

Does anyone have any experience with a REALLY part-time job, like 25%? Are there such things available? Or will someone just take you on as a consultant, hourly and try to avoid paying into the pension fund. Any advice on scoring such a job? I'm working on my dissertation and don't want to work more hours.
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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

Yep. And I would add: are you aware of part time jobs (say, 60%) for highly especialized positions in Switzerland? A local colleague told me that it is almost impossible to find a less-than-100% for highly skilled jobs (w master or PhD required). About negotiating, no way: a colleague with that profile tried to negotiate 80% after his first child was born (he got a very polite NO). I have more than one example.
And, if you know that high skill+part time positions can be found...WHERE? Pls. fill us in with information: companies, where, experiences.

My field of interest is engineering, but I am sure that there are many lawyers, economists, etc that would appreciate similar info, so let us not restrict to any field!
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Old 15.09.2008, 23:03
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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

I know of lots of women, mainly, that have highly qualified jobs in all the fields you mention and work part time. I would say that Switzerland is one of the few countries where this is rather common. Most women have negotiated the 80% or 60% after having children but that isn't always the case.

From a company point of view it is usually a very good deal to have part timers as it is easier to match headcount with demand. Also part-timers tend to work more efficiently when they are at work.

I also know of some companies that have as a policy _not_ to have part-timers at all. Then it is usually base on some order from HQ in the US e.g. Their loss!

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Yep. And I would add: are you aware of part time jobs (say, 60%) for highly especialized positions in Switzerland? A local colleague told me that it is almost impossible to find a less-than-100% for highly skilled jobs (w master or PhD required). About negotiating, no way: a colleague with that profile tried to negotiate 80% after his first child was born (he got a very polite NO). I have more than one example.
And, if you know that high skill+part time positions can be found...WHERE? Pls. fill us in with information: companies, where, experiences.

My field of interest is engineering, but I am sure that there are many lawyers, economists, etc that would appreciate similar info, so let us not restrict to any field!
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Old 16.09.2008, 20:58
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I know of lots of women, mainly, that have highly qualified jobs in all the fields you mention and work part time. I would say that Switzerland is one of the few countries where this is rather common. Most women have negotiated the 80% or 60% after having children but that isn't always the case.
Very good news, indeed. Can you make a list of these companies? I mean, the ones that to your knowledge are supporting part time and highly qualifications. It would be a veery useful info for many of us. An indication on the canton where they are located might be also good to know.

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Old 16.09.2008, 21:26
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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

Do you want me to write your CV for you as well while I am at it?

There are no short-cuts, sorry. What I was saying was that there are people having these types of jobs. But they have all gotten them in their own way, mostly through hard work and excellent track-reckord.

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Very good news, indeed. Can you make a list of these companies? I mean, the ones that to your knowledge are supporting part time and highly qualifications. It would be a veery useful info for many of us. An indication on the canton where they are located might be also good to know.

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Very good news, indeed. Can you make a list of these companies? I mean, the ones that to your knowledge are supporting part time and highly qualifications. It would be a veery useful info for many of us. An indication on the canton where they are located might be also good to know.

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There is company policy. And then there is the opinion of the bosses boss, as the OP discovered.

Generally, larger companies have more flexibility, because they have larger teams and can balance the load. IT companies can be very flexible employers because they understand tele-working.
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Do you want me to write your CV for you as well while I am at it?

There are no short-cuts, sorry. What I was saying was that there are people having these types of jobs. But they have all gotten them in their own way, mostly through hard work and excellent track-reckord.

Good Luck!
Did I ask for that? I do not need anybody to write a CV for me, but thanks for the offering. But getting information on companies that promote part time work for highly skilled people would be interesting in a site dedicated to ex pats, many of us with reduced experience in the work market in this country, logically.

I am sure that those companies would not be offended to see a reference to their good work here, I wonder the reason of your reticence. And bad manners are not needed.
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Old 16.09.2008, 21:54
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Well, for one thing, I don't groan people that take time to share their experience here on this site.

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Do you want me to write your CV for you as well while I am at it?
The groan goes for your comment above.

Well, if you can provide some company names, very welcome as the information that you share will be really helpful.

If you can not, thanks anyway.
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Feel free to click the thanks button as well for the post I wrote telling you about my experience about part time jobs in Switzerland :-)


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The groan goes for your comment above.

Well, if you can provide some company names, very welcome as the information that you share will be really helpful.

If you can not, thanks anyway.
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Feel free to click the thanks button as well for the post I wrote telling you about my experience about part time jobs in Switzerland :-)
Good answer. But let us trade: will you first share the golden list of companies on your knowledge??

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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

OK, I have a CV. But I have a new problem. I'm a student. I have the residence permit that allows me to work 25hours a week but since I'm still in university I have minimal experience working in an office environment (a few internships) and I don't really have the time. I'm more of wondering if it's unusual for kids my age (18-22) to work in cafes resturaunts and bars as dishwashers, bus-boys etc. because I do have plenty of experience in these fields and they offer the hours I need. If these types of jobs aren't typical for kids what types are, or am I left to beg for dogwalking and other such obb-jobs?
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Old 25.09.2008, 20:13
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Re: any experience with finding a part time job?

I wouldn't rule out office work actually. There is quite a market for clever young people who doesn't mind doing dead-boring stuff like entering data for projects e.g. I have personally hired students for this with very positive experience. Many times this is work that can be done fairly flexible so that it can fit around your schedule.

In any case, check out this web-page:

http://www.arbeitsvermittlung.unizh.ch/index1.asp
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