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Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Hi,

I am Suhana and I have come with my husband to Zurich. My husband works here on an L permit and I am presently on a dependent L Permit. I am desperately searching for work in a company who will agree to file my WP.
Any suggestions will be helpful.

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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich

You didn't mention your education or work background, just that you are desperate for a job.

In my humble opinion, anyone that "desperately" searching for a job here is probably going to be out of luck.
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich

Hi Sssuhsin,

All I can say is welcome to Switzerland and best of luck. I'm desperate for a job too and so far no luck.

Cheers, Emily
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but unless you have very "special" skills, with an L permit you will find it very difficult here. Although technically there is no obstacle to your working here, it will be very difficult to find a company who is willing to prove to the authorities that they couldn't find a Swiss or EU person or someone with a B permit to fill the vacancy, not to be mention the quotas that limit the number of permits to be released each year.

Doing a search in the forum will confirm what I have just said.

You might still keep applying but prepare to be ignored by recruitment agencies and companies.

Good luck with your search.
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

As others have said, very tricky to find a job if you do not have specialist training or skills - you can expect to be on a Non-EU L permit for two years and when your husband gets a B permit then it will become easier...

In the meantime, it can be very demoralising and stressful to be stuck at home...my suggestions are:
1. Language classes - German/French/Swiss-German or whatever is most relevant (or all of them!).
2. Getting out and about - get a pass for your local public transport area and get out every day - find out about things, local groups, social activities, museums, art, whatever!
3. Study
4. Take the time to think about what you want to do with your life...you may never get a forced 'year off' work again!
5. Make networks, because ultimately that is where you will get your job - even if you can't get one right now - in a year or two you will need those networks - because the sort of job you are trained for back home might be totally outside your reach, and a 'career change' may be what is needed to get you earning your own income.

Oh, and the other option is to pursue your own business ideas. Build your skills - sewing, typing, budgeting, bookkeeping, organising, studying, designing things, making plans!

The 'good news' is that I freaked out for a year and managed to land a job using the training and skills that I had...even though my training is not 'recognised' by the swiss authorities (there is no equivalent in switzerland) - it was enough for my potential employer to argue that I was what she needed...at least for a year or two...and that was enough to get me out of the house...
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Thanks Swisspea for the advice.

I do have specialised skills, which is not easy to get in the market. But, can someone please tell me, which are the top companies which are usually successful in getting a work permit?

Also, technically, how difficult is it to get a smaller company or agency to do my WP?

Thanks to all who replied.
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Hi,

if you don't tell us which skills you have or what you wanna do we will not be able to suggest any companies ... the company should prove that there is nobody that can do that job in Suisse and so on ... in general this is easier if the job you are looking for has as requisite the knowledge of a foreign language you are fluent with and not common here (Russian, Chinese ...). In this case you might get a job even with an L permit ... maybe ...
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Most top companies will be able to get you a permit, if they want to hire you.

But first, as others said, you should drop this "desperate" attitude. By the way, why are you so desperarted???
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

I am an IT professional - integration related skills.
My question is, even if some company wants to hire me, how difficult will it be to get a WP for me?

Regarding desperation - I am tired of sitting at home.

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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Same case with me. Most agencies are not ready to do the permit. Companies stop responding to emails when they come to know that my permit does not allow me to work.

All the best!
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

send me your resume and I can check with one of a consultant who can help you with wp.
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Re: Desperately looking for a job in Zurich - any tips?

Hi Kashif, Please let me know your email id so that I can send my CV.
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