There are many things you can do to get yourself prepared and ready for a successful job search in Switzerland.
1. Getting Your Education Swiss-Certified: University degree requirements can vary significantly from country to country. Here in Switzerland, it is helpful get your degree(s) certified as equivalent to a Swiss degree so the guess work is gone for the hiring managers to interpret what knowledge you already have from your degree.
- There are several agencies in Switzerland that are responsible for the recognition of foreign qualifications. It is the qualification itself that determines which agency to contact. Start with this website to see who regulates your degree.
- Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitäten (CRUS) is an organization that can review your non-regulated academic records and compare them to an equivalent degree program in Switzerland, provided your study is in a non-regulated profession. Please visit their FAQ page for any further questions or visit their contact page to speak with a representative.
2. Update Your CV and Cover Letter to meet Swiss Standards: The Swiss may put different information on their CV than you did in your home country. Did you know that you’re supposed to include a picture? And your date of birth? And your marital status? Click the links below to read other great tips on how to make sure your CV is ready for viewing in Switzerland.
- The content: At a minimum, be sure to include at least this information on your Swiss CV
- Documents To Include: Tips from the Swiss Info site
- Here are 10 essential tips for writing a winning cover letter
- Tips from recruiting agency Manpower on How To Make Your CV Stand Out
- Some of us may be wondering, How to Deal with a Gap on Your Resume
- Your Swiss CV: A blog site with tips from an HR Professional and Recruiter since 1998.
- Inside Tip: This template was submitted by a fellow Expat job-seeker for you to use!
3. Brush Up On Your Public Speaking with Toastmasters: Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. Find a club near you in Switzerland.