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Inländervorrang light- Préférence indigène light: Wazzat?

Inländervorrang light- Préférence indigène light: What is it about?

Following the February 2014 voting against mass immigration, an arrangement was adopted, last December, to promote the workforce available in Switzerland versus workforce coming from aboard.
On June 16th  2017, the details of the law for the indigene preference light were settled.

Important here is to understand the way the word “indigene” is understood in the law deployment: It refers to anybody registered at the Swiss unemployment offices (ORP-RAV-URC depending on the language regions)

The principle is simple on paper: it aims to allow the offices of unemployment to have exclusive access, during a period of 5 days, to job openings concerning groups of profession, fields of activity or economic regions which register a national unemployment rate of at least 5%, for which employers will have the obligation to communicate the vacant positions to the regional employment offices.

During these 5 days, Swiss unemployment offices are expected to nominate people looking for work.
The entry into force is scheduled for January 1, 2018.

A few numbers:

At the end of July 2017, the total number of jobseekers registered at the regional unemployment offices was 195,223 persons, 133,926 persons were receiving unemployment financial compensation.

Switzerland has 130 Swiss unemployment offices.

In October 2017, the cantons with unemployment rates greater than or equal to 5% are: Neuchâtel – Geneva.

In October 2017, the economic branches with an unemployment rate of over 5% were: Leather, shoes- Watches – Hotels and restaurants.

In October 2017, the professions with unemployment rates in excess of 5% were: Sales and commercial roles – Hospitality and domestic support roles – Other Manufacturing and transformation roles.

In 2016, there were 10,583 vacancies announced to the Swiss unemployment offices.

It is estimated that around one million jobs are changing each year in Switzerland.

In October 2017, the national unemployment rate was 3%. In December 2009, the national unemployment rate reached 4.4%. In 1996-97, for 12 months, it has been higher than 5%.

What do you think?
Will the indigene preference law lead to the largest, fastest, most flexible and most in demand placement agency ever imagined?

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

The key Ingredient to a successful job search

Positivity: not a stand-alone ingredient but the salt which changes everything.

No doubt, Job searching requires some thoughtful tactics and know-how such as a clear market positioning, art in the way to make your CV expresses who you are in a meaningful way for your audience, a strong and thoughtful application strategy and some presentation and convincing skills for the interviews.
However, attitude and mind-set play a major role in reaching the objective.
Positivity is not a stand-alone ingredient to success but the salt which changes everything.

Being positive in regard to reaching the objective, does not mean neglecting to learn from failures nor to implement corrective actions. No, positivity is the little plus that allows you to listen to the positive little voice in you that says:” it does not matter, you know you can do it, keep on.”

When something is not in your sphere of influence and induces a perception of failure, it opens up a choice: You can feel miserable and victim of the events, you can choose to disengage and minimise the pain, or you can also connect back to your positive feeling and look for the hidden present in the situation. This choice is not always easy, there are other storming elements interfering and exercising counter pressure against positivity.

4 tips to nurture your positivity

Positivity is a fragile balance that is unique to each individual, is highly dependent on our personality and cultural and social inheritage but there are ways to nurture positivity: here are 4 tips to boost your positive mind set:

1- Recognise and capture what is your inner state of positivity. How do you feel when you are positive? Serene, joyful, peaceful, confident, strong? Where is the feeling mainly located in your body? Your chest, your heart, your head, your stomach? Does it have a temperature, a colour? Something else?
2- Identify your personal needs and feed them. The fullest you will be of what is important to you, the more stable you will be to nurture your positive inner state.
Do you need calm, nature immersion, social contacts, a good book, activity, some empathy? Something else? Go for it.
3- Cultivate your self-esteem. Treat yourself with equal benevolence as you would offer to someone dear to your heart.
4- Find your cheerleaders. Identify who, in your surroundings, has the ability to cheer you up and to switch your inner state back to positivity. It can be a friend, a spouse, a parent, a coach, a mentor, etc. And keep away from people and networks who bring you down.

Practice positivity, observe what changes in your internal dialogue and in your behaviour, take time to note down all the effects that you notice around you and build your own empowerment cycle.
In your recipe to a successful job search, you will have secured a major ingredient and can now move to the following riddle:

If positivity is to the job search what salt is to the recipe, what would yeast be to your job search?

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

8 tips for your CV

When building a CV, it is usual to pay a lot of attention to the content and to the layout.
Also really important too, is to insure that your CV is accessible to its addressees, often the recruiters.The clover CV

Keep in mind what the recruiters challenges are:

  • They need to sort out many CVs in a limited amount of time,
  • They are reading CVs for a given position and have to benchmark these CV with the organization, the department and the job demands.

To insure a good accessibility keep in mind the following check list:

        • Format – usability and compatibility: send only pdf files,
        • CV Readable on smart phones,
        • Your contact details available on each page of the CV,
        • Page 1 contains all critical information,
        • All relevant information accessible within 20 seconds,
        • USPs visible,
        • Vocabulary: no jargon or over-technical language,
        • Length of the CV justified (ideally 2 pages).

A (good) brand deliver a (strong) message; A CV is an important part of your branding. A Strong content, an adapted style and an easy accessibility of your document can make the difference in a job search.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

3 tips to make the best use of LinkedIn as a connection builder

For many professionals, LinkedIn is a kind of CV they update and improve the moment they think about a next career step. However, LinkedIn can be much more than that, even in its free version.

  • A rich platform for information
  • A showcase of expertise
  • A job board
  • A service provider locator
  • A connection builder

In this post, I write about building connections, because it’s the aspect of LinkedIn that many people tend to most misused with the related risk to contribute to downgrade the efficiency of LinkedIn as a powerful social platform.

I have selected 3 tips:

1- Always add a personal note to invitations

In real life, what do you do when you receive an advertisement in your letterbox which does not seem to have any link with you nor with your needs? You just though it away, don’t you? That’s the same for LinkedIn invitations, if they fail to explicitly demonstrate why they are addressed to you and what’s their purpose in relation to who you are, they will remain non-answered or will be deleted.

 The more people send empty invitations, the less the invitations get a chance to motivate an answer.

Think about your LinkedIn invitations as any other mean to connect to someone in real life. During an event, you wouldn’t go and through your business cards under the eye of people you never talked to. Would you?

You would take the time to explain why you are interested to know that person, who you are and would create some space for the discovery of what you could do together.

This is the same for a LinkedIn invitation: Remember the -Why, Who, What– approach which could be illustrated by the following example:

“ I discovered your LinkedIn posts thought one of my connections, I really like what you write. Like you I am also very much interested in sustainable energy and would appreciate to be in touch and to follow your publications on LinkedIn. Looking forward to reading you, Kind regards.”

2- Treat the received invitations as you would do in real life

There’s a lot to read about LinkedIn etiquette online but to make it short and easy to understand, there’s nothing different in connecting to people on LinkedIn than in connecting to people in real life. It only takes to be personable, respectful and authentic.

If you want your LinkedIn connections to be a real network, do not accept all invitations which you receive.

There are opposite trends amongst LinkedIn experts, from aiming to the largest possible network (LION strategy: LinkedIn Open Networker) to the most restricted one including only colleagues and friends.

The approach I recommend is more moderated, yet easy to adapt to your personality and sensibility: Good key questions to decide to connect or not could be: “Would I feel comfortable to help that person if she/he would ask me for help? and “Would I feel okay reaching to this person for help or advise if needed?”

Obviously when you receive an invitation from someone you do not know and which common ground with you is not obvious, you are enable to answer these questions. Therefore you need to ask for more info before you can validate the invitation.

Imagine you receive a phone call of someone you don’t know asking you for an appointment without any additional explanation, what would you like to ask this person before deciding to accept the invitation or not: “do we know each other?”  or “Thanks for your kind invitation, can you tell me what would be your expectation so that I can prepare myself?” or “ Thanks for reaching to me, May I asked how you heard about me?” etc.

Without knowing a little bit about the intention and about who is the person, you are not likely to accept any invitation. Same goes for LinkedIn. Just ask them and then decide if yes or no you will accept to connect.

3- Nurture your connections

Of course you cannot daily interact with your LinkedIn 500+ connections but that’s important to dedicate a bit of time to the relationship with your network.

Again, that’s very similar to what you do with your real life acquaintances: Even to people you do not see much anymore, don’t you try to send them a Birthday message, a happy new year mail, etc. Maybe not to all, maybe not each year but still, that’s very likely an effort you make time to time.

Same on LinkedIn, when coming across an interesting article, a job ad, a new connection, you can think about one or the other of your connections and share with him/her.

People tend to think there’s LinkedIn’s and there are real connections. Most use LinkedIn as a way to stay in touch with “real” connections.  This is probably a very powerful feature of LinkedIn indeed but LinkedIn offers more.  It happens often to me that I first discover someone with whom I share some interests on LinkedIn and that I then meet and connect in real life. This would not have been possible if I and these people would not have treated LinkedIn connections with a personable, respectful and authentic manner.

You are familiar to the approach I have detailed in this blog? Maybe you can give me a tip in return then? When you have asked people for the reason for their invitation to connect and they simply answered that their only intention is to increase numerically their network, what do you do?

Read as well: Make LinkedIn a powerful resource for your job search

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.