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What are the regulations jobs in Switzerland?

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Will your next job application be for a position in Switzerland?

Before you apply it is important to make sure you understand what the rules and regulations are for job applications, and what the expectations are of recruiters and hiring managers.

To help you, I have created the following guide for your next job application in Switzerland.

What to expect?
Overlooking Basel, Switzerland

There are 4 languages in Switzerland:

  1. German
  2. French
  3. Italian
  4. Romansh

As a general rule, you should apply for a job in the language that the job application is written in.  Pay special attention to the language requirements of the position and be sure to apply using the language required for the position.


For example, there are a large number of regional and global headquarters based in Switzerland, which use English as their ‘office language’.  For roles with job adverts in English and state that English is the required language, you should submit your resume in English.


Job postings typically outline the main duties of the role. The description will state the required qualifications and experience of the candidate. To apply for jobs, companies typically ask for a resume, a cover letter, and educational certificates.

What CV structure should I use?

Three Country Bridge in Basel, Switzerland

Your CV should start with your personal information, including your name, address, phone number, and email. Swiss employers might also ask for your age, gender, marital status, along with a professional photo. It is not compulsory to provide this information, however, you may decide to add these details to your resume.

When it comes to creating a resume for job applications in Switzerland, there are a few guidelines and recommendations to keep in mind:

  1. Tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for. This means highlighting the skills and experience that are most relevant to the position.
  2. Use a clear and professional format. This can include a simple design and easy-to-read font.
  3. Include a personal statement or summary at the top of your resume. This should be a brief overview of your qualifications and what you can bring to the role.
  4. Include a detailed work experience section, including job titles, dates of employment, and a summary of your responsibilities and achievements.
  5. Include any relevant education and certifications, including the name of the institution and the dates of attendance.
  6. Include any relevant skills and language proficiency.
  7. Make sure to proofread your resume for errors before submitting it.
  8. In Switzerland, it is also common to include a cover letter along with your resume. Be sure to tailor your cover letter to the specific job and company you are applying to.

By following these guidelines, you can create a resume that is both effective and professional. Remember to always focus on showcasing your skills, experiences and achievements that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.

What are the CV guidelines FOR SWITZERLAND?

Roche building at night in Basel

In Switzerland, there are no specific legal requirements for a CV or resume. However, it’s important to keep in mind that certain information should not be included in a resume as it is protected under Swiss law.

  1. Discrimination: It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This means that you should not include information on your resume that could be used to discriminate against you.
  2. Personal Information: It is illegal to include sensitive personal information such as your date of birth, marital status, or health information.
  3. Language: It is important to write your resume in a clear and professional manner, using proper grammar and spelling.
  4. Privacy: It is important to protect your privacy. Therefore it is not recommended to include your contact information like phone number or email address on the resume but rather in a cover letter.
  5. Misrepresentation: It is illegal to provide false or misleading information on a resume.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your resume is both legal and professional. It is important to remember that while there are no specific legal requirements for a resume in Switzerland, it is still important to be honest and accurate in your resume and to avoid any discriminatory or personal information.

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Do you need help preparing your resume for your next job application?

Dave Crumby

I have spent 10 years recruting for regional and global companies based in Switzerland.  I know how companies recruit and what the hiring managers look for in a resume.

If your next job application needs to be submitted in English, please reach out and I can prepare a professionally written resume.  Email me today.

Best of luck,

Dave Crumby

Your Career Optimiser | Certified CV Writer

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