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What is the best way to feature your address in your Swiss CV? Here are a few recommendations.

This is part 3 of the "Personal Information in your CV" series.
See also the introduction to the series with the list of topics.

That’s the way we do it

First of all, it’s best to feature addresses the way they’re used in Switzerland, even if you’re living in another country. This way your address will look more familiar to a recruiter.

As an example, here’s the address of World Vision Switzerland:

World Vision Schweiz
Kriesbachstrasse 30
CH-8600 Duebendorf

When in Geneva…

As you may know, the nice people in Geneva like to do things a bit differently. When it comes to addresses, they prefer writing the house number before the street name. Here’s the address of the International Labour Organization:

ILO
4 route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneve 22



However, if you’re sending your job application to different places in Switzerland, including Geneva, then just use the standard method of

[street name] [street number]

This shouldn’t be a problem in Geneva and it will make your life much easier.

Abbr.

Avoid abbreviations in your address. There’s a good chance that the person who receives your job application isn’t familiar with your language or your home country.

Even in Switzerland, where French is one of the national languages, many people don’t know that “rte” is the abbreviation for “route” (road).

In a CV it’s always best to avoid ambiguity. After all, it certainly doesn’t help if the recruiter feels ignorant while reading your CV…

Something you can do right now

Check your address in your CV:

  • Do you use the “Swiss” address format”?
  • Do you use any (avoidable) abbreviations?

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More and more people publish the address of their LinkedIn profile on their CV. This can be a good idea, but please customize the link first.

The reason is simple: LinkedIn automatically creates an address that looks bad. Here’s an example I just made up:

http://linkedin.com/pub/mickeymouse/1/20b/793

Now wouldn’t you love to get rid of these annoying characters at the end?

Just follow these easy steps

  1. Log into your LinkedIn account
  2. Go to the menu at the top and select “Profile” >> “Edit Profile”
  3. At the end of the first section look for “Public Profile” followed by your current address. Click “Edit”
  4. At the top you’ll see “Your Public Profile URL”. Click “Edit”
  5. Enter your name and confirm by clicking “Set Address”

Congratulations, you’re all done!

What if your name is already taken?

First of all, don’t panic! Then find a variation to your name while trying to stay as close to the original as possible.

With our initial example it could be “MickeyTMouse” if your middle name is “Tiberius” or “MMouse” or “MTMouse” etc.

Just keep it professional and save the cool / funny / weird ideas for Facebook πŸ˜‰

Something you can do right now

  • Customize your LinkedIn Profile Address
  • If you see that one of your LinkedIn contacts has an “ugly” address, you could send them a link to this article πŸ˜‰
  • And then read this article on how to customize links to websites like your blog or the homepage of your company

This is part 2 of “Your Swiss CV – Personal Information section – but now seriously, how hard can it be to write my name on a CV?” Well, I’m glad you asked because it might be harder than you think.

Please check this article for the full list of elements of the
Personal information section.
And in case you missed part 1, you can catch up here

In this part I’ll mention snowmobiles, Richard Dick and why I recommend USING CAPS IN A CV, at least to some extent…

The Nicholas “Nick” Name

This is something that probably concerns mainly our American friends. Of course, it’s not uncommon for Swiss people to have nicknames, especially in little mountain villages that are accessible only by snowmobile during winter. But just trust me on this one, mentioning your nickname on a Swiss CV will make Richard look like a dick.

The big NAME

If you’re not 100% sure that everybody who reads your CV will know which is your first and which is your family name, don’t hesitate to write your last name in CAPS. You can read more on this topic in the article What’s your name?. Of course, there’s always the possibility that somebody will think that you’re arrogant. But most recruiters will simply be happy that everything’s clear.

I’m not that clever…

Finally, you may have noticed that I always write “first name” and “last name” or “family name”. I don’t recommend adding descriptions to everything in the Personal Info section, but you may still decide to write: “Family name: Swan” “First name: Bella” on your CV. So the reason why I use these “simple expressions” is because I can never remember the difference between “given name” and “surname”. It may not look very cool, but at least it’s clear. And as I keep saying over and over again: Recruiters hate ambiguity!

What you can do right now:

  • Don’t use nicknames in your CV when applying for a job in Switzerland
  • Is it 100% clear which is your first and last name?
  • …and did you use the funky little widget below to tell all your friends about this article? πŸ˜‰

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