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Frontalier job search experiences

Hello everyone! I am interested in the impressions of the community about the odds of getting hired as a non-eu frontalier requiring a G permit.

I have been living just over the border in France working at CERN near Geneva for about five years now, with an international organization titre de sejour speciale. A few months ago I finished my Ph.D., married my European husband, and converted to a spouse titre de sejour in France, then took a few months of post-phd vacation. I am now looking for nonacademic job for an ex-physicist, probably in data science/IT, and there doesn't seem to be much within two hour's drive in France. I think I satisfy the residency requirements for a G permit to work in Switzerland and I was assured by a French lawyer I consulted with that this is a very standard procedure and not difficult for employers. However, I am not sure I believe her since I understand that a Swiss employer would need to prove they could not find a Swiss resident to fill the position as part of the application for my G permit. Since I am making a career transition, I am applying for at best mid-level positions where I think this may be difficult to prove or too much trouble for an employer to bother with.

We are considering moving to Switzerland as my husband is EU and should be able to get me a family permit eventually (still working out the details and will ask the canton for advice about our particular situation). However, we like it here in France, it's definitely a lot cheaper, and I'm concerned that it will take a while to get permission to move to Switzerland and actually obtain a permit. I'm most interested in hearing about whether a move would be worth it -- does anyone have experience with hiring/getting hired when a non-EU G permit is required? Is it much more difficult to get offers than with a family reunification B permit?

Thanks in advance for any insights!
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