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A Canadian/Romanian from Los Angeles :)

Hello EF!

I'm pretty new to this site, but I'm excited to be a part of it. I came to Zurich from Los Angeles where I had been living for the last 8 years (I'm a Canadian/Romanian citizen). I came to Zurich to visit my sister & her hubby, and was only planning on staying for 3 months, but my plans have changed. I've been here so far for 8 months and love it!

I recently got my Swiss L Permit so I'm happy that I have the right to work now. However, not speaking fluent German (YET!) has been an impediment to my finding work. My field is Communications/PR/Media, and I know that I need German to be able to work in those fields. I'm currently looking for American corporations here where English is the office language. I also speak French, Romanian and Spanish, so hopefully those will help Besides looking for work, I've really enjoyed getting to know Zurich. I've been looking for some good live music venues (esp. jazz & salsa), so if you have any recommendations where to catch a good show, I'd love to hear them.

I'm looking forward to meeting new people. I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you all.

Have a great Monday!
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Old 23.01.2012, 17:18
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Re: A Canadian/Romanian from Los Angeles :)

Welcome to the Forum Bianca. Unless you rather stay in Zurich, there are quite a few international companies that hvae been established in the recent years in the Romande area (Yahoo, Chiquita, Nissan, etc) around Lake Leman and they might look for people with your profile as well.
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Re: A Canadian/Romanian from Los Angeles :)

Good Media / PR positions sans German and SAWI qualification can be a bit tricky to get in Switzerland. Although English is the official corporate language for most mid-big size companies regardless of origin, German is often used as a discriminating point at interviews.

You'll want to look at the Romandie area as previously mentioned - at least, lacking the SAWI, you speak French. Nestlé for instance have a big Media / PR office in Lausanne, and German isn't required.
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Re: A Canadian/Romanian from Los Angeles :)

Thanks for the welcome

I'm not tied to Zurich, so I am happy to look around. I am not familiar with the Romande area, but I'm a very good researcher to I will be getting right on that. Glad to see such big corporations there.

Thanks for the tips
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Good Media / PR positions sans German and SAWI qualification can be a bit tricky to get in Switzerland. Although English is the official corporate language for most mid-big size companies regardless of origin, German is often used as a discriminating point at interviews.

You'll want to look at the Romandie area as previously mentioned - at least, lacking the SAWI, you speak French. Nestle for instance have a big Media / PR office in Lausanne, and German isn't required.
I figured the no German would be a little hard...hopefully I will learn it soon enough! I'm hoping French will be a selling point with some companies, but who knows. Thanks for the tip about Nestle and for the help
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hey, I'm Romanian too, welcome!
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