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Looking for a job in Switzerland? You can start your job search on the internet, in local newspapers, etc...

The labor market in Switzerland

With an unemployment rate relatively low and employment opportunities in many economic sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical, luxury, watch, chemistry, communication, hotel and catering industries, finding a job Switzerland is not as complicated as it may seem, especially for graduated, highly qualified and multilingual workers. EU citizens can benefit from the agreement on free movement of labour within member states of the EU, including Switzerland, and may very easily find employment in the country.  

To carry out your job search in Switzerland, many options are at your disposal: use the Internet, contact pan-European bodies for employment like EURES, contact cantonal employment agencies, look for job ads in the press, visit temporary work or staffing agencies online or on site, and do not overlook words-of-mouth! 

European employment services

Citizens from the EU-EEA can easily find information about employment in Switzerland directly through their national employment agencies or through European employement networks like EURES  (The European Job Mobility Portal) or Pôle-Emploi International.

You can also take part to the Leonardo Da Vinci European programme to acquire a first professional experience in Switzerland, or to enroll in a training course in another European state (provided that you have a specific professional project to achieve). Note that Switzerland indirectly participates to the Leonardo Da Vinci program

  Useful links: 

EURES - The European Job Mobility Portal ec.europa.eu
Leonardo da Vinci -  Switzerland www.ch-go.ch
Stepstone - Switzerland www.stepstone.ch

How to find a job in Switzerland from outside the the EU - EEA

Finding a job in Switzerland from outside the EU-EEA is not easy. To start with, visit reference websites such as Pôle-emploi international, Monster or Stepstone, contact the swiss chamber of commerce or the Swiss Economic Mission established in your country to find out more about employment, formalities and visas for Switzerland, and consult jobs offers where appropriate. Do not hesitate to send unsolicited applications to companies from your home country established in Switzerland. 

  Useful links:  

Monster - Switzerland deutsch.monster.ch
Switzerland Global Enterprise www.s-ge.com

Where to look for employment in Switzerland?  

Internet: 

Internet is probably the best means to find employment in  Switzerland. The web abounds with general or specialized wesites dedicated to employment in Switzerland where you can submit your CV online, get useful tips about the labor market, wage scales, and consult job listings and resumé guides. Here are some of leading employment websites in Switzerland: 

  Useful links: 

JobUP www.jobup.ch
Monster - Jobs in Switzerland deutsch.monster.ch
Topjobs - Switzerland Top Jobs www.topjobs.ch

Cantonal employment agencies

In Switzerland, there are employment agencies in each canton. Most of them offer help and support for jobseekers, job preparation workshops and tips and advice about CV writing. 

  Useful links: 

Cantonal employment agency - State of Geneva www.ge.ch
Cantonal employment agency - State of Vaud www.emploi.vd.ch
Cantonal employment agency - State of Jura www.jura.ch
Cantonal employment agency - State of Neuchâtel www.ne.ch

To find the cantonal employment agency in your canton, please refer here: www.treffpunkt-arbeit.ch.

The Press:  

In Switzerland, many newspapers have career and job sections. Some newspapers offer week-end supplements dedicated to employment like in the paper version of the "24 Heures".

  Useful links: 

20 Minuten www.20min.ch
Derbund www.derbund.ch
Blick www.blick.ch
Suedostschweiz www.suedostschweiz.ch
Tribune de Genève www.tdg.ch

Temporary work and staffing agencies

Major international temporary work and staffing agencies are established in Switzerland. Temp work is indeed a practical solution to rapidly find short-term employment contracts in order to get started on the local labour market. Submit your CV online or visit agencies on site. Here is non-exhaustive list of temp work and staffing agencies established in Switzerland:

  Useful links: 

Expat.com www.expat.com/en/jobs
Adecco - Switzerland www.adecco.ch
Manpower www.manpower.ch
Kelly service www.kellyservices.ch
Randstad www.randstad.ch
Interiman www.interiman.ch
Michael Page www.michaelpage.ch

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