I just got back from checking the mail.
Inside the box was my third rejection letter out of the five applications for employment I have mailed off.
I understand that this is only the beginning. I started sending out applications only four weeks ago.
More applications will be sent out and more rejection letters will be come back before I get a chance at an interview. Then, it is still not in the bag. The acceptance of my application is my foot in the door. From there I have to sell myself in the interview or interviews as there are typically more than one in Switzerland.
I can’t cry about not being fluent in French.
Sure I can navigate well through my daily life as a stay at home mother in the French speaking part of Switzerland. However, there is no way I could carry on a professional conversation in French where mistakes are not easy overlooked. On top of that, I am not able to write more than a few sentences in French without making a mistake.
There are many English speakers living and working in Switzerland who do not speak the local language well or not at all. Not all of them came to Switzerland with a job waiting for them. Many had to be patient and send out one resume after another just as I am.
Living in the Jura rather than Geneva sure doesn’t help much either. Yet, this is where I live and I will have to do the best I can.
Next, I will hit the headhunters and employment agencies.
I am realistic about my situation.
I know my weaknesses and my strengths.
It is only a matter of time and diligently mailing of my resume before I find something.
However, it is still frustrating.
Something I did learn after I sent off two of my applications (see below) is that in Switzerland the cover letter is typed unless a handwritten cover letter is specifically requested. I had assumed that a handwritten cover letter was the norm as it is in France which is not the case.
An application in Switzerland should consist of a resume, cover letter, copy of permit allowing you to legally work and copies of any recommendation letters, degrees or professional certificates.