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Monday, July 9, 2012

Networking for expatriate partners

Now it's for sure: you are moving with your partner (and family) to Switzerland!
After the " oh my god" all excitement phase, you start hearing this little voice telling you "...but I do not know anybody there, my entire my life, my entire network is here..."

It is indeed an essential step when moving abroad to take as early as possible action to grow a new network at the new place, this is not only what will make the whole process easier but also much more enjoyable.
Like 85% of the accompanying partners, it is probably your intention to continue your career abroad; this makes the need of a network even more obvious.

We have put together 5 basics tips for building a network when relocation to Switzerland.

1- Start from your existing network! Use LinkedIn to take your existing network with you and develop it towards your new place of interest: Inform your current network about your departure to Switzerland, be positive about it and ask if they have contacts that to whom they could connect you.

2. Use LinkedIn to find out people in your former companies or in you alumni who are currently based in Switzerland.
Write a personal message explaining that you are about to relocate to Switzerland. Be open minded in building your network, anybody here has anyway a personal precious experience of what is life in Switzerland and probably know people you need to know... 

3. Propose to call them when you arrive to go and have a coffee (this is common practice in Switzerland) and DO IT!

4. Network with your future local Community, people you will be able to meet on a regular base once you will be settled. A great networking place is (it works with personal Invitations, you can get one from me upon request)
If you are a parent of young kids, join, it's amazing the amount of help/tips you will receive from other parents on that forum.

5. Take time off: leave the moving boxes unpacked for a few hours, and join networking events, go and meet people you have already contacted, 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 is still time to build your network and the tips can still apply.

Job4u2 is placing networking at a central place in the 4U2 program offered to the accompanying partner.
We support the partners in establishing a local professional network serving the professional projects targets.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about the 4U2 program method and content and please share this blog with your NETWORK!

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven, job4U2 

Copyright job4U2 2012

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