Are you uncertain if your skills and talents are needed in Switzerland? Which skill is the most wanted in Switzerland? You can find almost any type of job in Switzerland if you search deep enough.
I will tell you who companies in Switzerland really want to hire. And that is where it starts, it’s not about WHAT skill they want to hire but what kind of personality.
Everybody talks about leadership these days. I distinguish leadership very clearly from management.
Management from my point of view is leveraging given resources in the most economical manner.
Leadership, on the other hand, is different. Leaders innovate, they create, change things, invent and do all of this without the need of authority that the organization grants them. Leaders can be CEOs, mechanics, secretaries, flight assistants or anybody. It has less to do with what their job title says but more with how they choose to act.
If you are looking for the quick answer to what types of people companies in Switzerland are looking for, it’s leaders. Authentic, generous and highly passionate leaders.
You don’t need to be a manager to be a leader. You need to decide to lead to be a leader.
These are people who have the ability to communicate highly complex issues and situations to anyone in the company, no matter their education or background. These people can explain rocket science to a 6-year old.
We desperately need more people like this. When industries melt together, when the world is becoming more globalized and non-experts are constantly talking to experts, these people are the linchpin needed to hold the organization together.
Is it Better to be a Generalist or a Specialist?
My bold answer: It does not matter because generalists are specialists.
If you talk to HR people and recruiters, they will probably tell you, you have to be a specialist to survive in this world.
What does being a specialist even mean? If you are an administrative generalist at Nestle, what do you do all day? I’m sure you do something specialized. You are probably more specialized in the food industry if you work at Nestle than in the financial industry.
If you did 3 completely different things in your career, you are most probably a specialist in those 3 areas, in some more than in others.
If I ask one of my coaching clients who considers himself a generalist what he is best at and where he has the most experience in, usually he won’t say “In shuffling paper” or “In general administration”. You are most certainly specialisted in some area.
If you think you are a generalist, download the Communication Excellence Workbook. Work though it and tell me in the comment section below if you still feel like a generalist.
Your Approach to Job Search
How do you approach your job search? Are you able to show a potential employer your leadership abilities or ability to communicate difficult situations to non-experts?
If you only apply for jobs without talking to somebody first through any type of media, the answer is probably no. You simply can’t communicate these forms of art in a static sheet of paper like a CV.
What Leaders Do
Here are some ideas on how you can demonstrate your leadership and communication abilities:
- Call before you apply.
- Be pro-active and don’t wait for others to contact you. Most of the time, they won’t.
- Ask your network the networking question.
- Join the Career Network Switzerland and ask 10 people the networking question.
- Create your WHY-HOW-WHAT statement in step 9 in the Communication Excellence Workbook.
- Use the statement when you talk to people
- Start a blog and show your ideas, knowledge, attitude and personality to the world.
- Reach out to high level authorities in your industry or profession and congratulate them on recent achievements.
Some Questions to Ask Yourself
If finding work that you will enjoy would actually be your job right now, would your job search boss rather promote or fire you?
If you were hiring for a leader (not a manager) right now, how would you like them to approach you?
If you intend to shuffle paper, send and receive emails and sit in boring and ineffective meetings all day, you may remain in your comfort zone.
If you intent to make change, lead, invent, innovate and have an impact, it’s time to adjust your comfort zone.
The work we fear and procrastinate the most is usually the most important work to do.