Working in Switzerland Finding work in Switzerland

Switzerland has a low unemployment rate. Although the cost of living is high, salaries cover expenses and even leave workers with remaining disposable income. Do some research to assess if your skills and experience are needed in Switzerland and find out how best to apply for a job.

Working in Switzerland

In spite of the current global economic crisis which has severely hit the Eurozone, Switzerland has a low unemployment rate, a relatively stable economy and continues to attract international professionals, particularly in specialised high-technology, information technology and financial services. About 70% of employment in Switzerland is in the services sector (Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office). Small- to medium-sized enterprises with 250 or fewer employees dominate, employing two-thirds of the workforce.

Applying for a job in Switzerland can be a complex and daunting process in the beginning. Presentation and support of claims to experience, skills and education are important. In a competitive market, your job application must stand out from the rest and convey a positive image. It is expected that a comprehensive curriculum vitae/resume complete with all supporting documents and references is provided, along with a letter of motivation, which can be the key to being granted an interview. Of course, luck, timing, patience and tenacity will play important roles in finding a job in Switzerland.
 

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Looking for work in Switzerland – where to start

Is your profession in demand in Switzerland? The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO provides detailed information about the current status of the economy.

 

Looking for a job in a new country can be stressful and demanding. Get as much advice as possible. Your application should be as clear and comprehensive in order to make a good first impression.

Author: François Enzler

After more than 10 years’ experience in relocation in Switzerland, François is now heading the Packimpex Academy which provides over 30 different training courses specific to the needs of the relocation industry. His experience of the daily challenges faced by relocation consultants flows directly into the training courses designed and led by the Packimpex Academy.

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  • 10/17/14 10:33 AM

    It is possible in certain cases only.
    for example:
    - If you are in a Hotel School in Switzerland there are compulsory internships that will require that you get temporary work authorisation.
    - If you are registered in an official Swiss University, a work authorisation may be approved 6 months or 1 year after the University course has officially begun, depending on the Canton.
    In any event, you first need to be officially registered in the university to request work approval. The student office of the university in which you are registered will help you with the paperwork.

  • 10/16/14 3:25 PM

    hi i m sumit parmar and if i m a student here then cxan i do job here pls reply

  • 8/24/13 10:05 AM

    Hi Marita. Thanks for this. Very helpful

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