Excerpted from the Switzerland Career Guide
Job Search Overview
There are various resources available to help secure a position in Switzerland. Online websites, along with more traditional forums of job searching, such as employment agencies, temporary agencies, recruitment agencies and classified advertisements in newspapers and trade magazines, are good ways to find available positions. Recruitment agencies and Internet-based sources are the most widespread methods of looking for a job in Switzerland. The majority of Swiss companies use the Internet when recruiting for open positions.
Online Job Sites
http://www.jobs.ch/ (German, French, English)
On this website, jobseekers can search for jobs in Switzerland by region, type or sector. Additionally, searches can be undertaken by company, consultant, top company or top consulting firm. The ‘Job.DNA’ section offers a self-assessment of personal strength, shows matching employers in a fast and easy way and helps with preparation for a job interview. The site also provides tips for job searches and applications.
Government Employment Resources
Directorate of Labor (SECO)
http://www.jobarea.ch/ (German, French, Italian, English)
The Swiss Labor Market Authority is responsible for the implementation of the Employment Services Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act. Its partners in carrying out these tasks are the cantons, the regional employment centers, the logistical centers for labor market measures and the unemployment funds. It ensures a reasonable replacement income and endeavors to reintegrate jobseekers into the labor market in the shortest possible time. In the process it seeks out and promotes collaboration between institutions involved with the labor market. It safeguards employees in the temporary and interim employment area, and it represents Switzerland in international matters. SECO runs Regional Employment Centers (RAV), which specialize in the labor market, job placement and unemployment. Currently, there are about 130 RAVs, and together they represent the largest job placement network in Switzerland.
The four most important semi-public enterprises, Swiss Post, the Federal Railways, SUVA and the Swiss National Bank, employ a total of around 115,000 people. Job openings are advertised directly on the organizations' own websites or through other media.
http://www.cusmic.ch/ (English, French, German)
Cusmic specializes in placing young individuals in professional environments, either during or after their studies. It provides young talent with access to internships, part-time jobs, trainee programs and entry positions. Cusmic also offers coaching during the application process as well as various workshops.
Tel: +41 44 586 00 64
Fax: +41 22 594 85 84
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Specializing in jobs in Geneva and its region, Accès Personnel provides job offers for the following categories: administration and office, banking and finance, construction, IT, medical, technical and industry. Over the past 25 years, approximately 30,000 people have found jobs through Accès Personnel. The website lists available positions as well as email addresses for industry-specific recruiters.
15 rue Eurgène Marziano
1227 Les Acacias – Genève
Tel: +41 22 310 50 40
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Level Consulting AG
http://www.levelconsulting.ch/ (German, English)
Level Consulting specializes in executive search, executive coaching, board and management appraisals, and assessments. Its industry focus is on IT and telecommunications, industry and suppliers, public sector and financial services. It is a member of International Search Partners.
Level Consulting AG
Tel: +41 44 366 66 33
Fax: +41 44 366 66 30
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
La Tribune de Genève
This is one of the largest newspapers in the French-speaking Geneva area. Every Wednesday it carries the supplement Tribune de Genève Emploi, which is the biggest weekly job supplement in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Tribune de Genève
Rue des Rois 11
Tel: +41 22 781 01 07
This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Switzerland guide.