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The wife and I are looking to move to Europe and are curious where to start looking for employment. We are EU (Finnish) citizens. We aren't afraid to learn new languages at all. She is in the middle of her Masters degree, and I'm finishing my Bachelor degree. We're both IT with 7+ years each. She does database work, I'm in network communications. One possible complication is 2 dogs (mutt, cairn terrier) and 1 cat.

I seem drawn to Switzerland for the orderliness.

We're wondering where to start looking.
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Here is a great start http://www.englishforum.ch/search.php

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Old 30.10.2010, 14:28
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Re: Job Search (IT)

Don't worry about the previous "helpful" reply, he's just angry that his country is terrible at rugby.

You can look at:
Not sure about Networks, but for your wife; most CH banks are seem to be heavy on Sybase, with Oracle a second and MSSQL a tight third.

Best of luck!

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Old 30.10.2010, 14:33
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Re: Job Search (IT)

check out www.jobs.ch to see if there is a market for your particular skills.

German is a definite plus.
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Re: Job Search (IT)

Nothing wrong with dreaming, but if you do decide upon Switzerland, you might just end up coming down to earth with a bump. Employment vacancies in CH very often demand fluent German or French and even well qualified IT specialists are, AFAIK, subject to the Cantonal quota system. Good luck anyway.




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The wife and I are looking to move to Europe and are curious where to start looking for employment. We are EU (Finnish) citizens. We aren't afraid to learn new languages at all. She is in the middle of her Masters degree, and I'm finishing my Bachelor degree. We're both IT with 7+ years each. She does database work, I'm in network communications. One possible complication is 2 dogs (mutt, cairn terrier) and 1 cat.

I seem drawn to Switzerland for the orderliness.

We're wondering where to start looking.
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Job Search (IT)

For everyone that has responded thus far, thank you for the info.

I really should have been clearer on several counts. I specialize in network / system security and she specializes in health care databases.

We are both fluent in more than one language (English / Spanish for me and English / French for her) and know bits of another (German for me, Fin for her) so she's better off at the start anyway. I was hoping being multilingual would be a bonus...

I guess now we are going to have a new worry about Cantonal limits, but we'll take it in stride. I thought EFTA (or whatever they signed that was short of EU membership) eliminated that for the primary West Bloc members, but that appears to have been in error.

Again, thank you as I lurk around here picking up more information.
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You could also have a look at the consultancy companies, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young etc
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Hi Jesse,

Have you visited Switzerland before? If not, why not come down to Switzerland for a long weekend. For IT jobs, I would stick to Zurich, where all the major banks are who hire IT. From here you can travel to places like Zug quiet easily. Basel has pharma companies who hire IT professionals, and then Geneva.
I am an IT recruiter, and if you do consider comeing to CH, thenmaybe you can drop by my office and we can have a chat, and I can give you more info on the whole jobs and living in Switzerland.
If you want to start applying already then feel free to send me you CV.
Good Luck!
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The wife and I are looking to move to Europe and are curious where to start looking for employment. We are EU (Finnish) citizens. We aren't afraid to learn new languages at all. She is in the middle of her Masters degree, and I'm finishing my Bachelor degree. We're both IT with 7+ years each. She does database work, I'm in network communications. One possible complication is 2 dogs (mutt, cairn terrier) and 1 cat.

I seem drawn to Switzerland for the orderliness.

We're wondering where to start looking.
Hi JesseD,

Tip #1. Start looking for an apartment of perhaps a house in your case long before you move. There is a general shortage of good accomodation. I suggest at least 3-6 months in advance. A good online market place for accomodation is www.homegate.ch. You'll be able to get a fair idea of the prices here.

Tip #2. Don't be too worried by travelling a little to/from work. The train/bus/tram systems in Switzerland truely are world class. I know lots of people that don't even own a car. This could be a culture shock for you coming from the States.

Tip #3. Some employees, not all, struggle towards the end of the year with budgets. But beginning from 2011, that shouldn't be too much of a problem with the start of the new year.

Good luck with the job hunting.
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Apart from the already mentioned websites, I like the look and feel of www.JobUp.ch and I use them along with most others.
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Are EU citz subject to quotas for jobs?
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Are EU citz subject to quotas for jobs?
Old EU are not.
New EU-8 are subject to quotas until April 30th 2011. Source: http://www.arbeitsbewilligungen.zh.c...kpermits2.html
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Old EU are not.
New EU-8 are subject to quotas until April 30th 2011. Source: http://www.arbeitsbewilligungen.zh.c...kpermits2.html
Thanks! For some reason I assumed Finland is old EU, my bad...
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AFAIK Finland is old EU.
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Tervetuloa Sveitsiin!
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As it hasn't been mentioned yet (although i think Cheesy might have intended to do so and accidently linked the search), and also assuming you may have not noticed it yourself:
http://www.englishforum.ch/jobs/
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Apart from the already mentioned websites, I like the look and feel of www.JobUp.ch and I use them along with most others.
yup, jobup really keeps their site up to date.
www.topjobs.ch as well
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My personal experience is that www.jobserve.com has the most / best positions listed when it comes to IT jobs in Switzerland.
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Didn't notice if this website was already mentioned. Have look

http://www.talisman-software.com/
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