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New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Hi everyone! I moved to Switzerland (German part) a month ago with my boyfriend. He already has a job and I'm actively looking for one. I didn't get the permis B as my boyfriend doesn't have enough money (according to the Swiss authorities...) to support both of us financially. I'm an EU citizen. Now I need to find a job so I can apply again, finally get my permis and health insurance. Anyways, I cannot stand staying at home all day long, looking for jobs online. I really like to work and be useful, so this situation really bothers me.

My mother tongue is French and I speak English fluently. I'm a translator, proofreader and content manager. I have a passion for languages, localization and contributing to a brand/website development online. I have excellent writing and oral skills in French and English.

I received some answers from several companies saying that my skills matched the position requirements but that I needed to speak German to be hired.

By the way, I'm also a make-up artist. I was forced to leave most of my products behind as we were overpacked. Now, I need to buy everything again. However, I don't think I can get a permis based on my make-up skills and I consider it more as a hobby.

I hope I can find a job as soon as possible. If you hear about a job matching my skills, you're more than welcome to let me know! Thanks!
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Old 12.06.2012, 19:17
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

You can try getting your CV into a recruiting agency.

Examples: Michael Page & Adecco. They could find you a match.
http://www.michaelpage.ch


Goodluck with the hunt. It isn't impossible to find work in english in Zurich. There are a lot of english speakers out there with jobs.
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Hi! Thanks for your answer. I'm not a fan of recruiting agencies but thanks anyways.


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You can try getting your CV into a recruiting agency.

Examples: Michael Page & Adecco. They could find you a match.
http://www.michaelpage.ch


Goodluck with the hunt. It isn't impossible to find work in english in Zurich. There are a lot of english speakers out there with jobs.
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Hope you will manage it. I am moving with my fiancee, but she still hasn't found work. So hopefully it will be OK.

It is a difficult enviroment it seems.

Good luck nonetheless. You could also work online since you are a translator.
I have a friend in La Rochelle who is Danish and translating online. Maybe you can open your company on that?
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Yes, if you don't speak German it's a lot more difficult to find something. I would like to work in a company at the beginning and not online. I don't want to deal with the paperwork you need to start a business.


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Hope you will manage it. I am moving with my fiancee, but she still hasn't found work. So hopefully it will be OK.

It is a difficult enviroment it seems.

Good luck nonetheless. You could also work online since you are a translator.
I have a friend in La Rochelle who is Danish and translating online. Maybe you can open your company on that?
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Yes, if you don't speak German it's a lot more difficult to find something. I would like to work in a company at the beginning and not online. I don't want to deal with the paperwork you need to start a business.
I thought it was easy in CH to get paper for business...FARRR easier than in France or...Italy
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

I really don't know, but I also don't want to deal with taxes and accountants.

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I thought it was easy in CH to get paper for business...FARRR easier than in France or...Italy
It's very easy to be self employed in Switzerland. I also hear it's easy in France too with the whole auto-entrepreneurs system. And from this year, France is making it even easier. (But that's going off topic! )
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Hiya, maybe you could look at http://www.supertext.ch/en and see if you can get freelance jobs to begin with? They seem to be always hiring proofreaders and translators.
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Re: New in Switzerland and actively looking for a job

Thanks, I applied and they already answered that they need German.

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