Earning your degree in Switzerland completes your education and kick starts your future. Now that you have your well-deserved diploma, it’s time to launch your career.
Despite the clear challenges, there’s a bright path ahead waiting for you. As a country of many superlatives, Switzerland has one of the world’s best job positions and roles.
If you want to know how you can land your first job after graduation, you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered everything you must know when searching for a job.
Getting a Work Permit
First off, the Swiss government has a permit quota. Simply put, they only give work permits in a limited number. Every year, cantons can only release a certain amount of permits.
It’s difficult to get a work permit, especially for non-EU/EFTA students. So you need to create a plan and timeframe to obtain a work permit.
If you’re a non-EU/EFTA student, you must present the following requirements:
- Valid passport
- Completed work permit application form
- CV or resume
- Work contract
Building Your CV
Switzerland recognizes professional qualifications based on the Movement of Free Persons agreement. This means that you must only apply for jobs regulated in Switzerland.
You can also apply for the recognition of your qualifications. The application process varies depending on your intended duration of stay and nationality.
Your CV must be precise and formal. You must also add all relevant personal information such as your name, address, and contact details.
Education and work history can be in chronological or reverse chronological order.
Don’t forget to add a space to highlight your skills and languages. You may also add at least two reference persons at the bottom.
Finding the Perfect Job
To find the right job, you need to tap into various industries, roles, and locations for research. One key thing to consider is to find jobs aligned with your degree. You may land a job faster since you have the educational background to assume the role.
You must also look at job prospects across different cities. In Geneva, for example, 50% of the employee population are foreigners.
The best and quickest way to compare jobs (and wages) is to look at job portals. A popular Swiss job posting site is Jobsbörsen. From there you can find various job titles and see their qualifications.
Knowing the Essential Requirements
Switzerland has four official languages. Some companies may require you to learn German, Italian, French, or Romansh. Other companies, specifically multinational ones, may accept English.
Local and small businesses tend to prefer mastery of the local language. This is especially the case when you’re applying for a customer service role.
On top of that, you may encounter jobs that require candidates to take medical exams and a series of interviews. Remember to conduct adequate research before sending your CV.
Landing your first job in Switzerland can be challenging, but it can be a worthwhile experience. Read our articles here at MSM Unify to learn how to navigate through the Swiss job market.