Now it’s decided: with your partner (and family), you are moving to Switzerland!
When moving abroad, most expatriates report that having a local network and the comfort that usually comes with it, is badly missing.
As early as possible, It is recommended to proactively start building a new network where you will be located. It will not only make the whole process easier, it will also make the relocation a more enjoyable experience.
Like 85% of the accompanying partners, you might intend to continue your career abroad; In such case, a local network is obviously a priority.
We have put together 5 tips to help you building a network in the earliest phase of your relocation to Switzerland.
1- Start from your existing network: Use LinkedIn to ask your existing network for support in your new adventure: : Inform people about your departure to Switzerland, be positive about the relocation, engage them in your adventure and ask them if they have connections based in Switzerland with whom they could connect you.
2. Use LinkedIn to find out people who worked in the same companies you did or studied at the same schools and universities as you and who are currently based in Switzerland.
Write them a personal message, explaining that you are about to relocate to Switzerland. Be open minded in the way you build your network: everybody might have a personal valuable experience to share about what life is like in Switzerland and they may know people they can introduce to you.
3. Propose to call them when you arrive to go for a coffee (it is common practice in Switzerland) and DO IT!
4. Network with your future local community on forums: Talk to people who will be able to meet you and to help you get started with building a local social life once you will be settled. A great networking place is internations.org. If you are a parent of young kids, join community like bebe.ch, it’s amazing the amount of help/tips you will receive from other parents on such forums.
5. Take time off: leave the moving boxes unpacked for a few hours, and join networking events, go and meet people you have contacted before you moved, visit your new city, treat yourself to a few hours of being a tourist in your new region.
Of course, if you are already in Switzerland, it’s not to late to build a network , the tips still apply.
Job4u2 is giving networking a predominant place in the 4U2 programs. We support the partners in establishing a local professional network in relation with their professional goals.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about the 4U2 programs method and content and please share this blog with your NETWORK!
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
Sandrine 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.