Celebrating ten years with Coopler Sandy

Celebrating ten years with Coopler Sandy

Congratulations to our Coopler Sandy on her 10th anniversary with Coople. We couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the 10-year anniversaries of our Cooplers! For this occasion, we spoke with Sandy about her highlights and how she has been able to grow thanks to Coople.

Introducing: Sandy

Since her registration at Coople in 2011 (back then, it was called Staff Finder), Sandy worked in many different sectors and roles. For example, in sales, promotion, logistics and hospitality. Through these various experiences, Sandy has learned to be open to new things and to take on new challenges. Sandy is a favourite Coopler for 27 companies and still works regularly with Coople.

Why did you join Coople?

“Before I registered with Coople, I did various promotion jobs. When I was at the gastronomy fair, I came into contact with Staff Finder, registered there and tried it out straight away. Such online platforms were new at that time, and I really liked it.”

What was your first Coople job?

“I’m honestly not sure anymore, but I think it was a job for a perfume promotion.”

“You get to know many different people and have the opportunity to do many different jobs.”

What experiences have you gained since working with Coople?

“You get to know many different people and have the opportunity to do many different jobs. I’ve also learned to become open to new situations and to always take on new challenges.”

What personal or professional goals are you working towards?

“I would like to have the education level “skilled” in hospitality job profiles so that I can work for exciting events.”

What advice would you give to new flexible workers?

“Don’t give up, even if you get several rejections at the beginning. You should keep applying and stick with it. Adding a good CV to your profile is also very important.”

What’s your favourite moment when thinking about the past 10 years with Coople?

“Definitely the job at the Bürgenstock Hotel, where I dressed up as an Easter egg and handed out chocolates. Afterwards, I was even allowed to take as much chocolate as I wanted from the Lindt shop – that was a very great experience. Or when I was allowed to hand out gummy bears at the Slowup and the weather was just beautiful.”

Coopler Sandra B. during a Coople job
Celebrating ten years with Coopler Bettina

Celebrating ten years with Coopler Bettina

We couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the 10-year anniversaries of our Cooplers! We spoke to our long-time Cooplers to learn more about their flexible work experience with Coople and to share their tips with you.

Introducing: Bettina

Bettina registered as a flexible worker back in 2011 when Coople was still called Staff Finder. Initially, she mainly worked promotion jobs but since then Bettina has tried many different roles and industries. Bettina has sold clothes in retail, worked as a waiter, at bars, and has also worked in childcare, where she was able to do handicrafts with the children. Today, Bettina is a favourite Coopler for 13 companies and regularly uses Coople for finding flexible work.

Coopler Bettina bei einem Promo Einsatz

“I wanted to have more freedom to decide for myself what kind of jobs I wanted to do and found that with Coople.”

Why did you join Coople?

“At the time it was still called Staff Finder. I wanted to have more freedom to decide for myself what kind of jobs I wanted to do and found that with Coople. I got a lot of opportunities to look into different professions that I didn’t study and in which I had no work experience at all. I was very interested in that, and it helped me in my professional life. The first time I heard about Coople was probably through Patchwork Promotion. They were already working with Staff Finder at that time and the boss there, who is a colleague of mine, knows Viktor personally.”

What experiences have you gained since working with Coople?

“I was able to gain experience in working with children. I was so interested in that, that I decided to educate myself in this field. A little later, outside of Coople, I got a nanny job with famous people. I got employed as nanny by this family for 3 days a week, whenever the parents had to travel abroad. My references from the Coople jobs helped me get this job as I already had work experience in addition to my training.”

What personal or professional goals are you working towards?

“Currently I live in Switzerland and Tunisia at times and Coople helps me finance my many trips. When I’m in Tunisia, I always plan where I want to work when I come back to Switzerland. That’s so easy with the Coople Jobs App as I can apply from anywhere in the world and plan my time ideally. My professional and personal goal is to learn English so that I can communicate better in Tunisia, and it’s also beneficial for my career.”

What advice would you give to new flexible workers?

“That’s funny, as I recently attended a Coople job where we had to check Covid certificates and there were about 4 to 5 students who had just registered and didn’t know exactly how Coople worked. I then took some time during the break and gave them the following tips: “it’s best to add 10 job profiles right away and make sure to upload your CV. You also need to log in to the Coople Jobs App regularly and reject jobs that don’t suit you.” They thought that if they rejected jobs, they wouldn’t get any requests anymore. In general, I would say that the younger generation tends to give up too quickly and should try longer.”

What message do you have for hiring companies?

“It would be nice if the people in charge on site were always informed that Cooplers are coming. Sometimes I get there and nobody knows I’m coming to work. That’s not a good first impression. I only know what to do in such situations because I have so much experience, and I know how to ask around so that I end up where I’m supposed to work. But this can be very confusing, especially for new Cooplers.

I also like the QR codes for check-in and check-out a lot, but unfortunately there are many companies that don’t use it properly or not at all.

But it is always nice to feel the gratitude hiring companies have towards us Cooplers, since they do not have time for the tasks we perform. The co-workers and bosses on site are mostly very appreciative, which gives me a good feeling. I also like that I can usually have an impact on how I do my job, individually and personally.”

What’s your favourite moment when thinking about the past 10 years with Coople?

“There are a lot. But the most impressive job was probably working at the bar at the Open Air Gampel. It was crazy how much beer we sold. The ambience, the music and the visitors were just so great, and it was an extremely cool experience to be part of such an event. There were about 10’000 to 12’000 people in the festival area! Apart from that, I always really enjoy promotion jobs.”

Occupational safety: How to avoid accidents during a job

Occupational safety: How to avoid accidents during a job

Even though it is quite rare, emergencies do happen every now and then – even in the workplace. That’s why occupational safety should be a top priority for both companies and workers.

To ensure that all jobs are safe, it’s extremely important to know before and during a job how everyone involved can behave in a safe manner, and how to react in the event of an accident.

Please make sure to observe the following points at all times:

Important safety rules for workers

What do I need to know before starting a job?

  • The hiring company must inform employees in detail about possible dangers and important rules of conduct.

  • Employees must always wear the required protective equipment and follow the safety precautions.

  • Employees should always know where first aid kits, alarm plans, fire extinguishers, escape routes, and assembly points are located.

  • In case of danger, follow the rule “Stop – do not continue working until the danger has been eliminated”.

What do I have to do in an emergency?

  • Secure the accident site and the injured person.

  • Give first aid, treat the injured person and, if the injuries are more serious, call an ambulance.

  • Inform your shift manager or the contact person on site.

  • Contact Coople as soon as possible.

More information on occupational safety for workers:

Important safety rules for companies

Prior to the start of a job, companies are obliged to determine and clearly communicate to their employees how to behave safely and what needs to be done in an emergency.

What must be ensured before a job?

  • Define hazards for the company and establish vital safety rules.

  • Organise necessary protective equipment and safe work tools.

  • Ensure maintenance of buildings, facilities, work equipment and personal protective equipment.

  • Compile handling instructions for hazardous materials.

  • Provide first aid kits, alarm plans, and fire extinguishers, and determine escape routes, assembly points, and other emergency measures.

  • Ensure first aid for employees who work alone.

In an emergency, follow the rule “Stop in the event of danger – Eliminate danger – Continue working”. In case of an emergency, it’s also important that you get in touch with Coople as quickly as possible.

More information on occupational safety for companies:

Which sectors can you find the most jobs in right now?

Which sectors can you find the most jobs in right now?

Find out which sectors have the highest demand for workers and how you can increase your chances of being hired.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the Swiss labour market and there is an increased demand for flexible workers. In autumn 2022, we expect to see most jobs in the hospitality, sales, and logistics sectors.

These job profiles are currently in high demand:

  • Waiter / waitress

  • Chef / Cook

  • Reception assistant

  • Logistician

  • Sales assistant / retail trade

  • Dishwasher

  • Promoter (consultant)

  • Craft & Assembly / Dismantling

Here are some tips to help you increase your chances of getting hired:

1. Make sure to add the relevant job profile(s) if one of the roles above interests you. The more job profiles you add, the more suitable job requests you will receive.

2. Apply for as many jobs as possible, even if they are slightly outside your comfort zone. Be open to new opportunities and do not let rejection discourage you! We recommend you to apply for last-minute jobs, jobs with night shifts or jobs with the “be an early applicant” label, as the chances of getting hired are higher.

3. Does your Coople profile represent you well? Your CV should show your most important work experiences. A good profile picture also helps to make a strong first impression. Make sure that your profile is up-to-date and represents your best self when the job requests come in.

4. Log into the Coople Job App regularly to search for jobs proactively. By logging in, you signal your interest in our jobs and we will send you more requests.

Good luck with your job search!

Receive up to 5,000 francs for your further education

Receive up to 5,000 francs for your further education

Many of you are entitled to receiving money for further education! As a Coopler, you benefit from the “GAV staff leasing” collective bargaining agreement. This governs all the framework conditions for fair and legally compliant employment.

What many Cooplers don’t know: if you have worked at least 88 hours via Coople in the past 12 months, you are one of the lucky people who are entitled to up to 5’000 francs for a training course and potentially up to 2’250 francs for loss of earnings!

Have you noticed that in addition to your social security contributions, 0.7 percent is deducted for the “GAV” on your Coople payslip? Among other things, these contributions are paid into the temptraining further training fund. If you would like to attend a training course in the near future, regardless of whether you are interested in languages, occupational safety, computing or specific professional training, it is worth checking your bursary eligibility.

The amount of money you can receive depends on the number of temporary hours you have worked over the past 12 months. To make use of this opportunity, you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • The application for a bursary must be submitted to temptraining BEFORE the start of the training.
    However, you must first finance the further education yourself. You will only receive the bursary from temptraining after you have completed 80% of the course. If a course has already begun, you will unfortunately not receive any money for it, but you can already start looking for a next training.
  • You fall under the staff leasing collective bargaining agreement or your last employment was no more than 12 months ago and you have worked at least 88 hours.
    That corresponds to approximately two weeks of full-time workload. If you work as a temp on different platforms which are subject to the staff leasing collective bargaining agreement, you can add these work hours together.
  • The further education keeps you in good shape for the labour market or contributes to your professional development.
    Courses for professional reorientation are therefore also supported. The further education selected must be held in Switzerland and in one of the numerous schools recognised by temptraining.

How to receive your money: this offer is not operated by Coople, but entirely by temptraining directly through the temp staff training fund. You must submit your application to temptraining BEFORE the further education begins and wait for the results. You must pay the costs of the course yourself and attend at least 80% of the course. You must then submit all necessary proof and the cash granted will be transferred to you by temptraining.

Three questions to the Head of temptraining, Claudio Trenna:

imageIn 2019, about 11,000 applications were submitted with 8,400 of these being approved. What is the main reason for an application being rejected?
The main reason for rejection is an application being submitted too late. Applications are also rejected if they do not meet the temptraining requirements (e.g. insufficient work hours documented, courses held abroad or in schools which are not recognised by temptraining).

Only 17% of applicants are women. Is there any reason for this?
There are more men in the pool of temp staff. The main reason for this lies in the mix of sectors and skills. Temporary workers play an important buffer role in the construction and industrial sectors during peak periods. Both sectors employ far more men than women. (Source: swissstaffing, temp staff in Switzerland 2018)

Which type of training is most in demand?
Depending on the sector of activity, different courses are in demand. Language courses – especially in the national languages of DE, FR, and IT – and occupational safety courses are often requested. There is also considerable interest in courses for fork-lift drivers and machinists as well as in different business courses.

Detailed information, explanatory videos, examples of allowances, and much more can be found at www.temptraining.ch. If you have any questions, you can reach temptraining by calling 044 388 95 30 (Mon. to Fri.: 10 a.m. – 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.) or at info@temptraining.ch.

So what are you waiting for? You can find your payslips in your Coople Jobs App: get your calculators out, count up your hours, find a course and send your application to temptraining!

Happy learning!

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How can I upload professional documents to my profile?

How can I upload professional documents to my profile?

Adding professional documents such as certificates, diplomas and any licenses you may have is a great way of showing off your skills and experience. This will also improve your profile and help you stand out as a great candidate.

What documents can you upload?

There’s a variety of documents you can upload via the Coople Job App. These include:

  • Diplomas: if you have any diplomas from completed courses, make sure to upload it to your profile to show off your education and professional training
  • Driving licenses: some jobs require a driving license. To receive such job requests and to apply successfully to these roles, make sure you add your driving license to your documents
  • Certificates: from language certificates to emergency first aid and mixology, we have a wide range of certificates you can upload
  • CV: to increase your chances of getting hired, it’s a good idea to upload and regularly update your CV. Read here for more information on how you can create a great CV

How can I upload my professional documents?

To upload your documents, make sure you have them saved on your phone or cloud system (such as Google Drive, iCloud or Microsoft365). Alternatively, you can take a picture of your document(s) with the Coople Job App.

  1. Open the Coople Job App
  2. Tap on Profile at the bottom right
  3. Tap on Documents, then tap Add Document
  4. Select the document type you want to upload
  5. Take a photograph of your document or upload from your phone or cloud system. Make sure the photo is clear, non-blurry and shows the document in full

And you’re all set!

For more information on how you can improve your profile, take a look at the links below.