Advice from our job experts

Finding a job isn't a one-day exercise! Keep in mind that the process occurs in stages.

Prepare your job search

Good preparation is key to initiating a successful job search

Your Career plan

Developing a career plan and setting career goals help focus your job search. Thinking about what you want to do and what you have to do to accomplish these goals can help you find a satisfying job and career. Thinking this through will also help you make the most of your skills and professional experience.

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Manage your job search

Looking for a job requires organization and follow-up. Here is some easy-to-follow and effective advice to help you skillfully manage your job search.

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Networking

Networking means building and maintaining a social network for professional purposes.

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The application

Are you looking for a full-time job or a temporary position? The very first step for you is to create a Curriculum Vitae or CV. The second step is to write a cover letter. The content of your letter will differ depending on whether you are responding to an ad or making a speculative application. Once you have all of these documents ready, you can send your completed file including diplomas, certificates, Masters, school diplomas, language certificates, work certificates and letters of recommendation. Now you just need to decide how to send it: by e-mail via an online form or by mail.

The CV

A winning CV showcases your professional record and is clear, precise, attractive and impeccable in its presentation. It is addressed to a recruiter, an HR officer or directly…

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The cover letter

A cover letter should showcase your CV. It represents a link between your work record (the past) and the job you are seeking (the future). It must show…

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Choice of words

It is important to use a strong and precise vocabulary when writing your CV or cover letter. By choosing the right words, you strengthen…

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How to apply

Completing an online form on the Internet, sending your application by email or posting your entire file are the three most standard ways to apply. The way you…

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Score high at the interview!

Well done! Your application has been accepted and you are going to meet a recruiter. Now it's time to prepare yourself for a successful interview. Your success depends on your preparation beforehand, your performance on the big day and the follow-up afterwards.

The ABC's of an interview

  • Don't change or postpone the meeting time (unless absolutely necessary).

  • Be on time (ideally, 5 minutes early).

  • Make sure your personal appearance is neat. Choose your outfit beforehand. Comply with the dress code of your profession. In the tertiary sector, a suit and tie or else a skirt/trouser suit always makes a good impression.

  • Adopt a positive attitude and smile.

  • Prepare yourself for the recruiter's usual questions

  • Practice presenting yourself in a few short minutes. (Choose the aspects of your training and work record that show that you are THE ideal candidate for the position and that you would be able to function right away.)

  • Be honest.

  • Be diplomatic.

  • Be discreet about your former jobs (i.e. comply with any confidentiality clauses).

  • Never criticize a former employer.

  • Don't try to read the recruiter's notes.

  • Listen to the questions and ask for them to be repeated if you don't fully understand.

  • Focus on your professional record.

  • Remain professional.

Before the interview

To quickly attain your goal of signing an employment contract, make sure you are thoroughly prepared for your job interview.

Get ready

During the interview

Your interview starts as soon as you enter the company's premises.

  • Take three deep breaths before entering the offices; this helps to relieve stress.

  • Throw away your chewing gum.

  • Turn off your mobile phone or set it to silent.

  • Be kind and treat the people you meet with respect (including the receptionist in charge of announcing your arrival).

During your interview

  • Smile as you enter.

  • Look the person in the eye when you shake their hand. (Use a firm handshake but don't crush the other person's hand.)

  • Wait until you are told to be seated.

  • Take out your documents and keep them on your lap.

  • Ask if it is ok to take notes.

  • Let the recruiter speak first, since he/she is conducting the meeting.

  • Don't look around too much; try to maintain visual contact with the interviewer.

  • If the telephone rings and the person answers, stay seated and pretend not to hear anything.

  • Answer the recruiter's questions. Accept responsibility for your failures, don't criticize former employers or colleagues, express yourself in positive terms, avoid being indiscreet and watch out for verbal tics.

  • Just answer the questions; don't add anything.

  • Wait until you are asked before raising any questions you may have.

  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer.

 

Our tip: Print out the interview checklist pdf

After the interview

Once the stress of the interview is over:

  • Send a thank you e-mail.

  • Record your impressions following the interview.

  • If you come to the conclusion that the position doesn't suit you, phone the person with whom you met to let them know.

  • Make a note in your agenda to expect an answer or do a follow-up

You've got the job ! And then ?

At work

You have just signed your work contract? Congratulations! So what happens now?

You have just signed your work contract, you know how long your trial period will be and you are about to start off in your new position. Giving your best is the key to success in a new job, whether it is temporary or permanent.

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Temporary work offers opportunities that a permanent job does not. For some, it is a real lifestyle choice. A study by Swissstaffing (an organization representing the Swiss association of employment service providers) demonstrated that 45% of temporary workers deliberately choose this type of work. (Swissstaffing, 2014 study, available in French and German “Le travail temporaire en Suisse / Temporärarbeit in der Schweiz)

Temporary work allows you to change jobs, companies and colleagues frequently, thereby avoiding routine. It also offers a certain form of independence and the ability to gain significant experience. For others, this type of work represents a temporary solution whilst waiting for a permanent job. The same study also showed that 49% of those who accept a temporary assignment as an alternative, land a permanent contract within a year.

It took several years of negotiations between the Swissstaffing association, whose members are Swiss recruitment agencies, and trade unions Unia, Syna, Employees Switzerland and the Swiss association of commercial staff (KV Schweiz/SEC Suisse) to establish a CBA for Staff Leasing, which came into force on 1 January 2012

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Social insurance in Switzerland is based on a three-pillar system made up of:

  • 1st pillar: OASI/DI (Old age and survivors' insurance/Disability insurance)

  • 2nd pillar: LPP (occupational benefits)

  • 3rd pillar: individual provision

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Sought after by businesses and considered to be essential qualities, these skills can’t be learned from books and you don’t get a diploma for mastering them, but they enhance your day-to-day work and can help you plot your career or reveal your true calling. Manpower’s consultants pride themselves on identifying these skills that make a difference.

What are yours?

In Switzerland, work certificates are a fundamental key to the professional world. It is even a legal obligation: employers have to give a work certificate to any employee who requests it before the end of the work relationship.

As a communication tool between employers, this certificate has to include some specific information regarding the duration of employment, your performance and your conduct. To give this important document all the attention it deserves, we have drawn up a quick overview of its content.

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