What working in Switzerland is like
Life in Switzerland
Tip #1: Use your network
Many positions in Switzerland get filled through contacts. Especially getting into higher positions is often a matter of knowing the right people. Start your job search by reaching out to your network. Ask for open positions or introductions to other people. Make sure you maintain a strong online presence with an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and join active communities. On our Basel Area Business & Innovation LinkedIn profile, you learn a lot about the region, its economy and exciting companies. We also post our job offers there.
Tip #2: Join events
Tip #3: Search job portals
Job portals are your next best option when you can’t (or don’t want to) rely on personal connections. Almost every company lists its open positions on one or more of the following websites:
- Europe’s official job portal: EURES
- Switzerland’s leading job portals: Jobs, jobscout24, Monster, Indeed.
- Not only for networking: LinkedIn Jobs.
- Executive positions: Alpha
- Science and postdoc jobs: Euro Science Jobs
- Financial, technology and executive positions: SwissLinx
- Pharmaceutical jobs: Diversity
- Software development jobs: SwissDev Jobs
Tip #4: Apply correctly
Most job postings describe how you need to apply. If not, you send in a CV including a few references, a cover letter and your educational certificates. The CV shouldn’t be longer than two pages and the cover letter should fit on one. Write them in the language that the job posting is in.
Tip #5: Start in your home country
Switzerland is home to many international companies. If you’re having trouble finding a job in Switzerland, consider applying to a position in your home country and getting transferred from there.
Can foreigners work in Switzerland?
Yes, foreigners can work and live in Switzerland with the correct permits and visas. To find out which permit you need, read the “What permit you need to work in Switzerland” section.
Can EU citizens work in Switzerland?
Yes, EU and EFTA member states citizens benefit from freedom of movement for persons. They can enter, live and work in Switzerland without facing any big hurdles. If you plan on working in Switzerland for more than 90 days, all you need to do is apply for a residence permit at your municipality.
What jobs are in demand in Switzerland?
Skilled workers in fields like pharmaceuticals, financial services, IT and engineering are well sought-after.
Can I move to Switzerland without a job?
To move to Switzerland, you have to obtain the correct permit first. Various permits are divided into two categories: nationals of EU-27/EFTA countries and non EU/EFTA nationals. Read our simple guide on moving to Switzerland.