I would like to help a cousin of mine. Originally she was living in Switzerland, then she moved to Scotland and was living and working there for about 10 years. Now she is returning to Switzerland.
In Switzerland, the working culture heavily relies on testimonials from all your employers. So if you apply for a job, you write a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae and for each of your earlier workplace, you add a testimonial. In these testimonials, your former employers describe in detail their view about what you have done in the company, and how you behaved in your profession and personally.
Now if I understand correctly, in the Scottish working culture are no such testimonials (or they are rare). So my cousin is returning to Switzerland with 10 years of working experience added, but she seems unable to document this in a way that is credible in Switzerland. Amongst other places, she worked in an IT department at a manufacturer of special components used in the oil industry. I mean, there is serious and good work experience.
What is the best way to be credible to Swiss employers in this situation? Does somebody have experience with this this cultural gap?