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You've got the job ! And then ?

At work

You have just signed your work contract? Congratulations! So what happens now?

A successful trial period

You have just signed your work contract, you know how long your trial period will be and you are about to start off in your new position. Giving your best is the key to success in a new job, whether it is temporary or permanent.

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The advantages of temporary work

Temporary work offers opportunities that a permanent job does not. For some, it is a real lifestyle choice. A study by Swissstaffing (an organization representing the Swiss association of employment service providers) demonstrated that 45% of temporary workers deliberately choose this type of work. (Swissstaffing, 2014 study, available in French and German “Le travail temporaire en Suisse / Temporärarbeit in der Schweiz)

Temporary work allows you to change jobs, companies and colleagues frequently, thereby avoiding routine. It also offers a certain form of independence and the ability to gain significant experience. For others, this type of work represents a temporary solution whilst waiting for a permanent job. The same study also showed that 49% of those who accept a temporary assignment as an alternative, land a permanent contract within a year.

Are you working on a temporary basis? Discover the CBA

It took several years of negotiations between the Swissstaffing association, whose members are Swiss recruitment agencies, and trade unions Unia, Syna, Employees Switzerland and the Swiss association of commercial staff (KV Schweiz/SEC Suisse) to establish a CBA for Staff Leasing, which came into force on 1 January 2012

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Social insurance in Switzerland

Social insurance in Switzerland is based on a three-pillar system made up of:

  • 1st pillar: OASI/DI (Old age and survivors' insurance/Disability insurance)

  • 2nd pillar: LPP (occupational benefits)

  • 3rd pillar: individual provision

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Soft skills or natural abilities

Sought after by businesses and considered to be essential qualities, these skills can’t be learned from books and you don’t get a diploma for mastering them, but they enhance your day-to-day work and can help you plot your career or reveal your true calling. Manpower’s consultants pride themselves on identifying these skills that make a difference.

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Work Certificate: an overview

In Switzerland, work certificates are a fundamental key to the professional world. It is even a legal obligation: employers have to give a work certificate to any employee who requests it before the end of the work relationship.

As a communication tool between employers, this certificate has to include some specific information regarding the duration of employment, your performance and your conduct. To give this important document all the attention it deserves, we have drawn up a quick overview of its content.

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