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Why Job Searching with a positive mindset is more effective than without?

Have you noticed that when you reply “I am looking for a job!” when asked “what are you doing?”, your interlocutor often seems embarrassed, sometime even sorry for you?

To most people job searching calls into negative thoughts, uncomfortable feelings and into something to be avoided if you can.

Is displeasure and sorrow what you anticipate as you enter in your job search journey?
Is it what your relatives fear you will meet in your quest?

At this stage, I would like to advance a hypothesis and see if you could agree with it:

If one person can enjoy a job search, another one can too.
Right?

Life has blessed me with 4 job searches so far. 3 of them, I enjoyed a lot.
One was about a career change: it was all about exploring a field I was extremely curious about. Each application was feeding my hunger for new perspectives and my thirst for knowledge for the sector I was willing to enter. No need to say that with such a motivation, my job search has been pretty short, and I was hired very quickly.

Another one was occurring because I had relocated abroad. I visited the Netherlands and Belgium at the pace of the invitations to interviews I received. Each interview was a reason for a touristic discovery tour in a new city, I was looking forward to each appointment. The right job crossed my way before I was done with the exploration: there are still parts of the Netherlands that I don’t know!

The third job search was a personal discovery trip: I was not really sure what I was going to do next. I did a lot of research’s, most of them taking me away from employment type of roles. It ended up in one interview which was the revelation: I discovered I wanted to create my own company while I was being interviewed! 3 months after it was live.

The only time I did not enjoy a job search was the first one I conducted, right after graduation. I was expecting it to be unpleasant, it has been. Looking back now, I am not surprised, my mind-set anticipated the annoyance and shaped it.

The lesson I’ve learned with these personal experiences has since been reinforced by what I witness, as a career coach, with my coachees. The moment job search become enjoyable, success is always just around the corner.
An enjoyable job search can mean different things depending on who you are: it can be a source of knowledge, a way to discover a new country, to get accounted to a new culture, to discover a new industry, to ease off on the pedal, to practice a language, to get out of the house, to be challenged, to score a success, to meet new people, to touch your own limits, etc.

The very first things you can do to enter into your own form of job search enjoyment is to adjust your belief from “job search is a pain“ to your own version of what a job search could alternatively be.
Go for a double objective:
– Objective 1: find a job.
– Objective 2: [ articulate here your own enjoyment objective for during your job search ]

Then switch objective 1 with objective 2. Doesn’t it already feel better?

Why Job searching with a positive mindset is so important?

Have you ever noticed what happens when you start a day smiling? When you know that you will be successful? When you are truly enjoying what you do?

Job search does not work any differently.

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.

 

15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
4 categories will see the most important upwards trends:

Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category Healthcare and Personal Care.
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to  educate yourself for these professions.

Home Health Aides

A home health aide cares for people who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairments, or age-related problems, who have the need or desire to still live in their own home. The home health aide provides basic services such as giving medicine, changing bandages, and checking vital signs like temperature, and pulse and respiration rates. They also provide domestic support such as changing bed linens, washing and ironing the patient’s laundry, and cleaning the patient’s place of living. They also support patients in their mobility and entertain them to keep them mentally healthy and alert

Entrance effort: low
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: Delivered by the Swiss red-cross, informations available in French and in German

Nurses

Nurses monitor patients, administers medications, keeps records, consults with healthcare providers, educates patients and more. They collaborate with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; provide physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervise assigned team members.

Entrance effort: mid
Growth trend: mid
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: B.A (3 years education in a HES/ Fachhochschule)

Medical and health services managers 

(also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators)
They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.Responsibilities range from managing employees to budgeting to purchasing equipment.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: low
Local Language requirement: high

Swiss education: Amongst others, HEC Lausanne and Universität Bern offer the Master of Health Administration. prerequisite Bachelor in business administration, health administration, hospital administration, management, or human resources management

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to IT & Digitalisation, Environment Care, Education and Professional supports  and to Factory 4.0.

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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.

 

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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.

 

5 tips to find part-time jobs in Switzerland

In Switzerland, 58,8% active women (63% of the female population) are working part-time. So do 17,1% of active men who are 74.14% of the male population.

With a fast calculation, you will have found that there are more than 2 millions persons working part time in Switzerland, 36.4% of the Swiss working force.

However in October 2018, less than 4% of the job posted on indeed.ch are offered as part-time jobs..

On LinkedIn, where traditionally higher-level jobs are posted, the ration falls to 0.3% of part-time jobs posted the last month in Switzerland (only 408 jobs on the entire Swiss territory, most of them entry level or internships.)

Where to find these 2 million Swiss part-time jobs??

One thing I should underline is that part-time employees turnover is much lower as full-time employees ‘one. This is an information to share widely with employers because retention is a key benefit for a company who is offering part-time positions.

As you can understand, these 2 million jobs do not easily get vacant however there are 5 tips I would like to share to help you capture them when they get available:

1- Focus on specialised job-board. They are not numerous but TeilZeitKarriere is one of them.

2- Target companies which have already adopted a part-time job offer approach.

If you speak the local language, you increase your chances: Indeed the top 100 companies offering part-time are not the most likely ones to offer an English working environment

3- Start with an 100% occupation rate, show that you are organised, efficient and that you create value for the organisation and negotiate a part-time job as a second step.

This approach can only work if you have the possibility to get organised around a full time job for at least 12 months.

4- Target SMEs. They are much more likely to be happy to control their cost and to benefit from talented professionals on a part-time jobs. They do not often advertise on line because they do not have the capacity to sort out hundreds of CVs.

Take also into account that SMEs do not frequently mandate recruiting firms for part-time positions as the cost for the search would be the same as for a full-time and because they do not have the same budget as big companies. The primary way for SMEs to hire new staff is via their network.

5-Set your own business, offer your services as an independent professional.

In 2018, 40% of Swiss companies reported that they were looking for external consultants when they had trouble to find the right profiles on the job market.

How can job4U2 help you?

First, we can give you a fair feed-back on the chance you will have to find an employed part-time job based on the industry you are in, your professional profile and your targeted region of search.

Then, we help you set your branding right and develop a comprehensible application strategy. Alternatively, we help you find an alternative path and provide you with support for the deployment.

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 unspoken challenges Dual Career partners are facing on the job market.

When we imagine ourselves relocating our career into a foreign country, the very first challenge that comes to our mind is the language.

Of course, speaking the local language(s) is greatly facilitating the job search however, there are other major pitfalls that Dual Career partners learn to overcome on the way:

Dual Career partners are more affected by the negativism of people crossing their way as they would have been back home because:

  • When in your country, in a familiar setting and a culture you know, a recruiter tells you “it’s not going to be possible”, you think “Well, he could be wrong, it’s only his own opinion, I will seek for more feed-back”. But when you do not know a thing about the local job market and that you do not have tons of opportunities to get alternative sources of information, you might let this one-person opinion destroy your confidence.

Dual Career partners do not have a supportive friend circles to cheer up their mood and encourage them in their efforts because

  • Friends left abroad are not aware about the relocation challenges and might demonstrate little empathy for the issues Dual Career partners encounter in their new location and might be sometime resentful for their departure. They might even think or say “if that’s so difficult, you should have stayed here with us” which obviously is not really helping,
  • It takes time to build a new circle of friends and most people who have not developed new friendships outside the working place for many years are a bit overwhelmed with the process.

Dual Career partners tend to misinterpret a rejection to a job application as a result of a gap in their profile and tend to quickly feel discouraged:

  • Because often, they are not sufficiently aware of the local job market reality and have a biased vision,
  • They can only rely on statistics and official numbers although a low employment rate might not always be synonym of an accessible market for outsiders.

Other challenges Dual Career partners are facing include missing the working life structure and its socializing opportunities, being overwhelmed by relocation domestic activities not providing much in terms of intellectual challenges, feeling disconnected from the working partner who is busy with getting up to speed with a new job, etc. The challenges are numerous.

Overcoming these obstacles is an incredibly powerful source of person development which greatly contribute to make the relocation worth it, however it sometime requires time and an outside help to get the best out of it.

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.