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Other countries, other customs!

In Switzerland, both companies and recruitment agencies expect you to provide certain information and forms in your application documents.

 

  • submit your CV ALWAYS in the language in which the job profile is published!

  • arrange all information and documents chronologically backwards!

  • a professional picture is a plus (you also posted a pic of yourself on your social media profile, didn't you?).

  • reference letters, references and information on reference sources.

  • copies of your diplomas/certificates.

  • when required: copy of: extract from criminal records, debt collection register, certificate of good standing...

  • when required: information on your last and desired salary.

  • Yes, you'll need a valid work permit for Switzerland. EU/EFTA/GB citizens have an advantage here.

  • Depending on industry or company, hierarchical or security level, your documents and data will be subjected to intensive background checks (staff vetting).

 

You're not sure which documents you should provide? Call us or drop us a message.

  • avoid the most common mistake: applying with a standard CV

  • CV formats in Switzerland look different from those in the USA or England, for example. This is partly due to legal reasons. 

  • invest time and focus on the position advertised! 

  • do some research and collect information about the company, team, company culture, etc. you might use to customize your application. 

  • don't forget to talk about you as a person: who are you as a person? Be authentic! 

Switzerland: 1 country, 4 official languages!

  • Even though many job-vacancies are published in English, do not underestimate the fact that English is not an official language in Switzerland.

  • When German, French or Italian language skills are indicated as "great advantage" or "an asset", then you should be aware that this is the mother tongue of your future colleagues.

  • If you go shopping in Geneva, live in Basel, work in Zurich or spend a cool weekend in Lugano: never assume that everyone speaks your language. The fastest way to integrate into society starts with the language, it's the same at home, isn't it?

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