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A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

Can anyone help me find it?

I am looking for work and here are my challenges:

1. I have a Permit B (Sejour de Concubine) Sans activite lucrative. The sans activite simply means that I am currently not working. However, I have experienced that employers are hesitant to offer me a position because of this. I am allowed to work but for some reason the employers do not want to just fill out the simple form to secure me the work permit which from I understand is fairly simple and quick.

2. I have an extensive professional background in the fashion industry (Supply Chain) and there isn't a market for that here, unless i go to the german part of CH or another country entirely.

Although i am open to a career change and am basically willing to take just about anything to get my foot in the door, the wonderful close-minded swiss mentality won't allow that. They basically see my CV and give me a title, that title then becomes whom i am and what i can do. In essence, i am put into a little box, so now i do not fit their profile. Unlike many other countries that will take your skills to determine whether you're right for the job, here it is your basic title. I am a fashion manager, never mind the team leader, business negotiations, determining of manufacturing objectives, the training and development or quality control and efficiency skills and blah, blah, blah skills i have.

What are my options? How do i get into this secret society of work permit holders? I am open to a career change and can CONFIDENTLY transfer my skills to any industry. Looking for any challenging position that will either stimulate my mind or body since an active person like myself will just wither at the thought of being idle. So, what are some networking organisations or firms i can apply to that will give me an opportunity when no one else has? I have tried alot of the big names here but they have thousands of other applicants (ie: nestle, etc.). I have also tried applying in Geneva/Rolle etc. since most expats and american corporations have offices there but again, most of those companies have already relocated their employees here and quite frankly, its hard to get in.

Hmm, does anyone hold the secret to this, my grail of all grails? Would appreciate any input, leads, offers...

Thanks,
Jess
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

I think your first hurdle is learning French. You didn't quite
say your age , but people over 35 have a much harder time finding
a job.

I would say:

1. Learn French
2. Take some kind of training

Have you looked into the Au-pair route?
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Old 07.04.2010, 10:50
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

If you speak several languages and are looking for a challenging position, try recruitment companies to be a recruiter yourself. Crisis ending they are a tiny bit more opened minded to hire junior profile. That s what i would love to do and met several of them but languages would stop me in the process and be aware not all of them are open minded...I m 29 and was said I m too old to start in this industry
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

I will add that my mother tongue is Spanish and am fluent in English. I have basic (quasi-conversational) French, currently studying to improve my french and am 33 years old.

As for the au-pair...with my managerial background I need a challenging job. I am willing to take a few hustles here and there but nothing that will take up so much of my time that I cannot focus on finding steady work whilst I study french.
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

Networking will always help....

Find professional or social organisations where you can
meet people.

With the economy a little tighter, companies can be
much pickier.
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

HollidayG: Yes, I know this. This is why I asked in my post "what are some networking organisations or firms ... "
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HollidayG: Yes, I know this. This is why I asked in my post "what are some networking organisations or firms ... "
You could try www.toastmasters.ch They meet throughout Switzerland or www.linkedin.com , an online business networking site which can be quite good if you use it right.
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HollidayG: Yes, I know this. This is why I asked in my post "what are some networking organisations or firms ... "
There's also www.xing.com — like linkedin, but a bit more Europe-centric.
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

Maybe your CV has not been written in a way that corresponds more closely to Swiss CVs. For instance US CVs are very short and sometimes need to be more detailed to fit the Swiss job market.

May I suggest you take your CV to a professional coach and have it rewritten and/or checked ?
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

RRS - Already on linkedin but will try the other, thanks


Texaner - Thanks, will try that aswell
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Re: A foot in the door... where is the missing piece to this puzzle?

have you tried kijiji.ch
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