Seeking employment in Switzerland

Every Swiss national who has been living abroad is entitled to work in Switzerland and does not require a work permit. Public and private job placement services are available.

Public employment service

If you live abroad and are looking for employment in Switzerland, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO will be of assistance to you. You can register electronically for these.

Form: Employment service for the Swiss Abroad (PDF, 288.3 kB, English)

Form: Agreement on cooperation (fr) (PDF, Page 1, 13.4 kB, French)

Your application will be passed on to the cantonal employment offices for the attention of the regional employment centres (RAV) in the regions of your preference. Here your dossier will be at the disposal of all interested employers.

Employment service for the Swiss Abroad – Agreement on cooperation

Your application will be uploaded in the public employment database of the cantonal employment offices and regional employment centres (RAV). If you wish, you can make your application available to registered private job placement agencies. It is possible to make your application anonymous. SECO can advise you on putting together the documents needed for your application and give you support in looking for a job.

Job area

Together with the cantonal employment offices, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) operates a joint information system for job vacancies as part of its employment mediation and labour market observation services. The freely accessible offers are published on the Internet. Vacancies are also published on the Swiss Teletext system (SRF2 – Telext page 400). 

Job area (fr/de/it)

Job room 

SRF2 – Telext page 400

Self-service information terminals

Self-service information terminals have been installed at the cantonal employment offices and various public vocational education centres in Switzerland. These list full-time and part-time jobs, as well as apprenticeships and further education courses.

Self-service information terminals (de)

Private employment agencies

In Switzerland, private employment agencies require a licence. The list of licensed companies is included in the directory of employment and temping agencies of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). These commercially operated agencies offer a broad variety of jobs and mediation services.

Directory of employment and temping agencies (fr/de/it)

Further tips

  • Make use of personal and business contacts (friends, relatives, acquaintances, subsidiaries, clients, suppliers).
  • Ads in print media: get hold of copies of foreign newspapers (daily and weekly newspapers, specialised magazines). 
    Online Newspapers
  • Internet: job search engines are a useful platform for job-seekers as well as companies looking for personnel.
  • Online offers from companies: many companies publish their job vacancies on their own website. You can often indicate your interest in working for a company by signing up on its website, so that you can be contacted if a position becomes vacant.
  • Chambers of commerce: ask local chambers of commerce about the possibility of publishing an advert in their official magazine.
  • White and yellow pages