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How to find a job in switzerland.

Updated: Apr 7, 2019

I would like to provide some practical steps to create some opportunities for yourself, especially if you have a « non typical » profile in the Swiss market.

If you have been looking for a job for a while without success, this article is just for you!


Step 1 - You are the product

I strongly suggest to build a marketing plan for yourself before hitting the market with your applications. Your marketing plan should be coherent in terms of:


- Message

- Quality of your application

- Target market

- Invest time in your cover letters and resume.


Your communication must be coherent everywhere. Invest in a good quality headshot to post on your online profile and on your resume.


Tip: Remember you won’t get a chance to make a second good first impression!


Step 2 - Make a list of what you are looking for in a position

The notion of « market » is vast. Are you looking for a position in coherence with your other life goals? Example: Seeking a Senior Leadership role while wanting to have more free time to do other things. Most candidates have a hard time because they are conflicted on their goal(s). I suggest making a list of what you are looking for in a position.


Step 3 - Think network

If you are new in town, you probably don’t know many people. Start joining many groups and go out to events.

www.executives-int.ch/event

www.internations.org

www.meetup.com

www.eventbrite.fr

www.worldradio.ch

www.knowitall.ch

www.imd.org/alumni/clubs/switzerland-geneva/events/

http://zurich.eventful.com/events/categories/business

www.amcham.ch/events/

Additional resources to increase your chances to get work opportunities :

- Open up your horizons

- Start your own business

- Network with recruitment agencies

- Change your routine

- Make the internet search work for you

- Use social networks to boost your search

- Do not under-estimate any opportunities

- Boost your market potential

- Consider jobs with less seniority


For additional resources, watch my youtube video on HOW TO PICK A CAREER.


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