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Greetings everyone

I am trying to find a job at one of the large pharma companies in Switzerland for the last 2-3 months, unforturately without luck. I am a phD in chemistry/biochemistry with a couple of years of working experience in the food industry. Since the positions online for someone with my qualifications seem to be plenty, i have started to believe that something is missing from my CV and thats the reason i dont get any calls for interviews. I believe that the problem is that i haven't had the chance to work outside my country (Greece). I would like to hear your opinions about this.

In order to get abroad working experience, i am thinking of joining a traineeship at a european institution or start a post-doc abroad (if i can find a short term one). Are there any other possibilities inside europe to get started? What kind of experience do swiss pharma companies value the most?
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I think the only thing you are missing is that you are not in Switzerland.
Everyone is finding it hard to find a job at the moment, phd's included. It might also be because its from a university that the employers don't recognise? Just ideas.
I sent off over 50 cv's to get my first job here - and that was when the eco climate was better.

Also, you could check online as to how the swiss employers like to see cv's presented.
(eg: in nz they wanted to see my plan for my career on the front page, here they want to hear about what others think about you - references written by past employers)Just an idea
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Yep, I think its just that they're not hiring at the moment. Might be worth checking back at the end of the year / beginning of next year when new budgets are approved and more jobs might open up....
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I think the only thing you are missing is that you are not in Switzerland.
Everyone is finding it hard to find a job at the moment, phd's included. It might also be because its from a university that the employers don't recognise? Just ideas.
In my personal experience, many companies don't recognise foreign degrees, so OP, you might try having a look at this important post by Uncle Max Getting your Qualifications Recognised in Switzerland
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Thanks for your replies. My diploma and phD are from a national university in Greece which is recognized everywhere in europe as far as i know, so i don't think that's a problem. As far as my CV is concerned i use the europass form (i don't know if that's good or bad).

I understand that there's limited hiring activity but i can't see why the HR doesn't even call for a phone interview, even when i apply for positions where i am perfect fit or overqualified. There might be better applicants than me but how can they reject me without even talking to me?
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