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Old 24.07.2010, 17:59
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First, I want to wish the best of luck to everybody still trying to find a job. Just out of curiosity, what type of program is SAP and why do so many Swiss firms (or foreign firms in Switzerland) require it? Thanks!
Hey,

As for my rant of the day

SAP is a business package, from customer database to accounts packages, it has many different branches.

Not sure exactly what it does but it does pop up in 70% of all the roles i was looking for and it bugs the living daylight out of me!

But its a large software package, used by many people all over the world in all sectors and levels, sadly enough the companies i worked did not use it as i have the impression its usually the bigger companies using SAP.

Google SAP and you will find more details of what the program is and does except bugging me

Good luck with the jobhunt

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Old 25.07.2010, 06:31
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Thanks, Joey!

BTW, I thought of an idea which might help you guys. I realize that not only are you trying to find a job in Switzerland, you're getting used to a new culture and trying to acquire a foreign language. If any of you have been able to make SOME progress in German, maybe you look in the German-language job listings for a job you're qualified for, maybe even overqualified. Write a letter (in as much German as you can) and explain that while your German is not perfect, you're a hard worker and that you're willing to improve your German on the job. That may impress them. It also might occur to them that although there are many Swiss who are fluent in English (or fluent enough), it still might be valuable to have a native English speaker on the payroll.

If that's a dumb idea, please accept my apologies---you know the Swiss job market better than I do in America. But I do sincerely wish all of you good luck in landing a job and staying in Switzerland.
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Hey,

As for my rant of the day

SAP is a business package, from customer database to accounts packages, it has many different branches.

Not sure exactly what it does but it does pop up in 70% of all the roles i was looking for and it bugs the living daylight out of me!

But its a large software package, used by many people all over the world in all sectors and levels, sadly enough the companies i worked did not use it as i have the impression its usually the bigger companies using SAP.

Google SAP and you will find more details of what the program is and does except bugging me

Good luck with the jobhunt

Joey
And in my last job we used something called EasySAP - anything but I say!!!
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Thanks, Joey!

BTW, I thought of an idea which might help you guys. I realize that not only are you trying to find a job in Switzerland, you're getting used to a new culture and trying to acquire a foreign language. If any of you have been able to make SOME progress in German, maybe you look in the German-language job listings for a job you're qualified for, maybe even overqualified. Write a letter (in as much German as you can) and explain that while your German is not perfect, you're a hard worker and that you're willing to improve your German on the job. That may impress them. It also might occur to them that although there are many Swiss who are fluent in English (or fluent enough), it still might be valuable to have a native English speaker on the payroll.

If that's a dumb idea, please accept my apologies---you know the Swiss job market better than I do in America. But I do sincerely wish all of you good luck in landing a job and staying in Switzerland.
Hi,

Most of us did that indeed, on recommendation of places like adecco or manpower.
It helps to have your Cv in both languages and proves you are flexible.

Many so called " English " speaking companies won't even read your cv it it's not in German... don't ask me why.

Over qualification is the only problem, if you go for a job that exceeds your studies, even if you want to do the job, they won't hire you due to the fact they have to overpay you for it.

So its a bit of a vicious circle, you want a job, any job, but they don't want to give it to you for reasons such as over qualification or not knowing certain programs.

I just wonder ,if no one gives you the job, how on earth can you have experience with the programs ? or do you buy them at home and study them for fun

Ah well, i enjoy my role as hausman so far just me and my bunnies jumping around the place.
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Recently left the US Army and currently working as defense contractor. My wife is an EU citizen and was offered a position in Switzerland, so now i'm rushing to try and find something so that she can take this job. Currently working as a Civil Information Manager utilizing database management and all the usual Microsoft products. Any advice on english speaking companies in that field???
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Hi,

Most of us did that indeed, on recommendation of places like adecco or manpower.
It helps to have your Cv in both languages and proves you are flexible.

Many so called " English " speaking companies won't even read your cv it it's not in German... don't ask me why.

Over qualification is the only problem, if you go for a job that exceeds your studies, even if you want to do the job, they won't hire you due to the fact they have to overpay you for it.

So its a bit of a vicious circle, you want a job, any job, but they don't want to give it to you for reasons such as over qualification or not knowing certain programs.

I just wonder ,if no one gives you the job, how on earth can you have experience with the programs ? or do you buy them at home and study them for fun

Ah well, i enjoy my role as hausman so far just me and my bunnies jumping around the place.

Aaah, I know the feeling. Be careful though, my better half has been hausman for a year almost and he did not enjoy it one bit. So it might be fun at the beginning but later on...It's a pain to find a job in Switzerland, just everybody keeeep aplying.

As a hint, I find that in Suisse Romande people are not very fluent in English and so a very good knowledge of the language and speaking without zee accent might be of great help
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Old 12.08.2010, 14:29
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

I had a similar problem, I had all the qualifications and experience but couldn't get my foot in the door, after 1 year I was going postal and scared of losing my skills and market value, so got a contract in the UK and commuted back on weekends.

I put myself back on the Swiss job market 1 week before I finished the 6 month UK gig and had 4 offers from prestigious Swiss firms straight away, this resulted in one firm offering CHF300 a day more than I asked for, I'm still there 3 years later.

My advice is to get a gig in your field anywhere in Europe and then apply for a Swiss gig. I hope this helps...
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I had a similar problem, I had all the qualifications and experience but couldn't get my foot in the door, after 1 year I was going postal and scared of losing my skills and market value, so got a contract in the UK and commuted back on weekends.

I put myself back on the Swiss job market 1 week before I finished the 6 month UK gig and had 4 offers from prestigious Swiss firms straight away, this resulted in one firm offering CHF300 a day more than I asked for, I'm still there 3 years later.

My advice is to get a gig in your field anywhere in Europe and then apply for a Swiss gig. I hope this helps...

good idea except that is one EU national, getting a 'gig' anywhere in Europe is not so easy nor is it easy to come back and get a Swiss 'gig'.
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Somebody to explain me what is a 'gig'?
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Old 15.08.2010, 17:17
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

A 'gig' in musical terms is when a band performs a session.

In terms of 'gig' being used in this thread, it just means finding a job. It is being used as slang.
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Old 15.08.2010, 18:47
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A 'gig' in musical terms is when a band performs a session.

In terms of 'gig' being used in this thread, it just means finding a job. It is being used as slang.
A classic example of why txtspk and slang should be avoided as much as possible on EF.
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i have a job available in Geneva part time musr have fluent English & French and be able to read/understand accounts and admin work
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A classic example of why txtspk and slang should be avoided as much as possible on EF.

What's "txtspk" mean ?
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

Hi all,

I've been in Switzerland now for nearly 2 months while my girlfriend has been back in the UK. She really wants to come over and get a job, but while she's been busy at her current job hasn't had much time to really get started looking.

The BIG problem is she doesn't speak french.

What are the chances of finding work in Lausanne / surrounding areas or Geneva without being able to speak French?? She currently works in a HR role in a recruitment company and is willing to work any sort of similar job, but just really don't know if this is feasable.

Any help advice would be greatly received!
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Hi all,

I've been in Switzerland now for nearly 2 months while my girlfriend has been back in the UK. She really wants to come over and get a job, but while she's been busy at her current job hasn't had much time to really get started looking.

The BIG problem is she doesn't speak french.

What are the chances of finding work in Lausanne / surrounding areas or Geneva without being able to speak French?? She currently works in a HR role in a recruitment company and is willing to work any sort of similar job, but just really don't know if this is feasable.

Any help advice would be greatly received!
Probably quite difficult in HR as she will also need to interact with local and national bodies where a language will be essential !
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Hi Everyone

Please could you help me. I am looking for work and would like to write to companies where english is there communication language. Do you know of any companies I wcould write to?
I am experienced in Sales, Customer service and Accounts. I have many years experience in working in an office environment and in my last job I was an Assistant Manager. However I also have worked on a number of occasions in construction so I have a little bit of knowledge in that to.
Any contact information would be very much appreiciated.

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p.s. I live in a town called Eschenbach which is 10 minutes from Rapperswil. I would like to find work in this area or Zurich
hi everyone, im new here and hoping someone can help. I am currently in switzerland but whenever i ask questions about residency in switzerland i keep getting the run around. I am a 44 year old manager from Barbados in the caribbean and am engaged to a swiss girl, but i need a job, any suggestions
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Hello everyone,

first of all I would like to thank everyone for valuable info you posted here. I have also recently moved to Switzerland in order to join my partner and got stuck with the job hunt. Hasn't been too pleasant so far, but I'm trying to stay positive

I noticed no one mentioned LinkedIn yet - create your profile on www.linkedin.com and then look for groups connected to your field of work, interests, hobbies, Switzerland, etc - you may find some useful info there.

Also, there is the 5th Expat Expo going on in Zurich this Sunday - more info here: http://www.expat-expo.info/Zurich.html

I hope it helps.

Good luck to all of you!
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Hi All

I am in the same boat as Sherer4. My girlfriend got transfered to Switzerland from the UK in August and as I was between contracts (I'm in IT) I just packed up and came with her. The prospects of English IT works was 'great' according to all the recruiters I talked to.
Been here now 8 weks and still trying to get an interview with a client. The recruiters are all positive - But nothing.
I am wiling to do anything just to get the income flowing -My issue is that my French is conversational at best.

I am open to suggestions ...........
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I had a similar problem, I had all the qualifications and experience but couldn't get my foot in the door, after 1 year I was going postal and scared of losing my skills and market value, so got a contract in the UK and commuted back on weekends.

I put myself back on the Swiss job market 1 week before I finished the 6 month UK gig and had 4 offers from prestigious Swiss firms straight away, this resulted in one firm offering CHF300 a day more than I asked for, I'm still there 3 years later.

My advice is to get a gig in your field anywhere in Europe and then apply for a Swiss gig. I hope this helps...
I'm having exact the same situation and thinking getting a job in UK. I spoke to Addeco and Page Zurich consultants. In the interview, they were very positive that I could get a junior accountant or very entry-level AP or AR clerk position. 5 months later, I still cannot have any interview with company. Sometimes they said the company prefers someone speaking german though it's not written in job accouncement. I really feel frustrated and lose my track.
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Old 30.09.2010, 13:30
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Re: [Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

When I arrived here I got my role through Future Watch. the gentleman who got me the job, Alex Baxter has now branched out, and is with Horizon Recruiting.

He is great, and has kept in contact. Most of the interviews I have been to have been through him.

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alec@horizonrecruiting.ch
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