Finding employment

What's the best way to find a job?

There are several different ways to find a job in the canton of Vaud, including:

If you are an apprentice, the homepage of the Vaud Department of Education and Youth offers an exchange for apprenticeships and first jobs (www.orientation.vd.ch).

If you are a student, the site www.students-careers.ch offers an information platform, placements and first jobs, and www.jobs4students.ch has student employment opportunities.

Non-Swiss nationals wishing to work in Switzerland are required to obtain a work permit (please refer to "Work permits"). This can be requested by the employer, provided the relevant conditions are met.

Content of an application file

When you apply for a job in Switzerland, you will normally submit an application file comprising:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • copies of your work experience certificates
  • copies of your graduation or apprenticeship certificates
  • copies of your ongoing training diplomas or certificates

The homepage of the Swiss Directorate of Labour (SECO) www.job-area.ch provides plenty of advice for people looking for work, information on the regional employment centres (ORP) and plenty of situations vacant.