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Old 14.10.2016, 13:47
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

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I think standing bare boobied holding up a sign saying "please give me a job" in the national languages might work but I haven't tried that yet. Traditional routes such as agencies, adverts & reading job hunting sites don't seem to be very effective.
I dunno if that would work so well....really depends on the figure

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Hi -

I was wondering - How did you (meaning anyone reading this post!) find your job in Switzerland? Did a recruitment agency contact you? Did you make a transfer? Did you find a job on craigslist? I would love to hear about your successful job hunting experience as a foreigner looking for a job.

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I came to CH last year through internal transfer as local hire. Luckily no issue for the permit for me as non-EU.
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

Network, network, network
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Network, network, network
where and how!?
We have looked for places my husband can network for a change management job but no luck!
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

If it was that easy there wouldn't be 215,215 (officially) job seekers & that doesn't include those who are not counted in the official figures or those that don't even live here. Source
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Old 29.01.2017, 21:03
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

Have you tried going to a careers advisor? I went to a very lovely lady who spoke excellent English, was very helpful when it came to writing my CV and cover letters Swiss-stylee and also put me in touch with a few networking groups (which I didn't actually use, but at least I had the option!).
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

From a recruitment agency in the UK, but after going for the interview and getting the job, the company didnt want to pay the recruitment fees... After quite some negotiations ie the agency dropping their fees it eventually worked out.
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Old 29.01.2017, 21:38
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

I transferred from the UK to my current job (kind of).

I was a contractor for my current company and kept tabs on their recruitment page for any new vacancies.

I saw a job in Switzerland and I thought "Nope... Too far away. Never lived on my own. I don't think it's for me" and then I just ignored the vacancy.

And then I had a really awful week at work and I thought about the fact that my potential is going to waste. I knew I was capable of a lot more and I was fed up of being stuck in the same routine with no light at the end of the tunnel.

I went ahead and applied for the job quietly even though my mother was against it.

I didn't think much of it as I thought that I would be overlooked due to the fact that I would require a relocation package.

But I felt that if I hadn't applied for it, I would've regretted it forever.

I passed all 5 interviews with flying colours and left the UK within 5 weeks of applying.

It went pretty fast and I don't regret it one bit!

I'm a Senior IT Analyst now and I love it
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

In 6 months you can make a lot of progress in a language doing certain things like joining groups, going to talks, online learning and avoiding native tongue speakers for a while. As I found, when my French was up to scratch, job opportunities change dramatically.
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I moved to Switzerland as a promotion to the HQ in CH of my now ex company. So, it was relatively easy at that point. Finding a new one - working on it now, but I can tell you that Q4 and January are very slow when it comes to attractive positions. Most of the offers I received in the past (when I was not looking) happened during Feb-September. A lot of people leave once they receive their bonuses in March - so, that is another time slot when nice vacancies pop up. I hope that helps.
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

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I went ahead and applied for the job quietly even though my mother was against it.
Congrats!
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In 6 months you can make a lot of progress in a language doing certain things like joining groups, going to talks, online learning and avoiding native tongue speakers for a while. As I found, when my French was up to scratch, job opportunities change dramatically.
I have to second this.. The fact that I did not make sufficient effort to learn German is costing me dearly now that I am searching for jobs. So many good positions are not available without fluent German. So, learn from my mistakes, guys.
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Old 02.02.2017, 18:24
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Did you find a job on craigslist? I would love to hear about your successful job hunting experience as a foreigner looking for a job.
Thanks!
It all started happening for me, when I got an email from a Nigerian prince.
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

Moved over here with a company as their sole employee for a project, then moved after almost 3years to a bigger company on same project after job offer from them
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I have to second this.. The fact that I did not make sufficient effort to learn German is costing me dearly now that I am searching for jobs. So many good positions are not available without fluent German. So, learn from my mistakes, guys.
that is so true. I feel for you bud.

Language learning is such a great investment when it comes to job-hunting in CH.
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Re: How did you find your job in Switzerland?

The job found me in Greece a couple of years ago.

I am the maintainer of an open-source library which was/is used by my current company. I was contacted and asked if I was interested in joining the company... said "YES" and moved in Switzerland.

As more and more tech companies use open-source software, they often recruit people based on their open-source contributions in github, bitbucket, etc.
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I'm in pharma - also started my job hunt from the US and my method was to contact recruiters. There were plenty (of recruiters and jobs) when I started looking (March '08), they lined up several phone interviews for me right away, I had 2 face-to-face interviews in April, accepted an offer in May and started current position in August.
I'd be happy to share recruiters' names and contacts with anyone who wants, I don't really want to post them on EF. I had some awesome recruiters who were a great help.
Hi...I am also have pharma background and have experience in clinical research...can you please share with me the contacts of recruiters, it will be a great help!
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I'm in pharma - also started my job hunt from the US and my method was to contact recruiters. There were plenty (of recruiters and jobs) when I started looking (March '08), they lined up several phone interviews for me right away, I had 2 face-to-face interviews in April, accepted an offer in May and started current position in August.
I'd be happy to share recruiters' names and contacts with anyone who wants, I don't really want to post them on EF. I had some awesome recruiters who were a great help.
Hi , i moved to geneva and currently looking for a job . If you can help me with the contacts of the recruiters it would be on immense help .
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