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Your partner for hiring qualified Swedish IT talents willing to move and work in Switzerland.

According to the Global Innovation Index 2021 Switzerland and Sweden have remained in the top three of the innovation ranking for more than a decade.

As both Switzerland and Sweden are active in high-tech areas and sectors, both countries are constantly striving to renew and improve their development and production systems in order to maintain a high level of their domestic industrial base. To maintain this position, access to competencies is crucial. Thus, Swedish know-how and IT talent can be of great value to Swiss companies.

There are several objective reasons why Sweden fosters skilled IT talents and successful entrepreneurship: Solid technical education at universities, school systems that encourage independent thinking and creativity, and extensive investment in infrastructure such as superfast broadband.

XLNT Switzerland is part of the XLNT Recruitment Group, which specialises in helping Swiss companies hire IT talent from Sweden. With more than 20 years of experience in IT, technology and engineering we are considered specialists in this field on the market.

We are uncompromising when it comes to our commitment and ambition to achieve valuable results.

As a client, partner or candidate of XLNT Search, our ambition is to always give our clients a little more than expected. XLNT Search has helped clients, from publicly traded companies to smaller owner-managed companies, find employees who drive growth and profitability.

Over those 20 years, we have built an extensive network of contacts, integrated recruiting processes and assessment criteria to ensure we present the right candidates to our clients. This means that we are convinced of our profession as headhunters and want to build long-term relationships with our clients.

The trademark of XLNT Search is the team of senior headhunters. With their years of experience, they are trained to understand each client's business to ensure that the search profile for each assignment is correct, which is essential for the best match with a potential talent.

The XLNT Way™ 

The recruitment process developed and refined by XLNT Search over the years, combined with our evaluation criteria, has proven to be a successful concept that we offer to our clients with 100% customer satisfaction. More info >>

Åke Pihlanen – XLNT Switzerland

Åke's focus is to help Swiss companies with IT expertise from Sweden

Switzerland is a market Åke has had a special relationship with for several years, both through contacts with companies, investors, VC firm's and as a board member of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.
 Building strong brands and paving the way for new products and services has been Åke's purpose in life for over 30 years. This broad experience makes it easy for Åke to engage, understand and engage in constructive dialogue, regardless of the industry.
Åke's long experience in building and maintaining strong collaborations, both nationally and internationally, is of great value as he brings a good understanding of how to deal with cultural differences in particular.
Åke has experience from working in various industries where the technology/engineering sector clearly dominates. With great dedication, Åke has supported start-up and growth stage companies in business development, team coaching and recruitment. In addition, Åke has spent several years helping companies obtain external funding from international investors. 

He is very stress resistant, humble, unpretentious yet very curious and good at building strong and sustainable business relationships.

Headhunting for optimal match

With our recruitment service, you get the right person in the right place. From the beginning, our ambition has been to create more companies driven entirely by passion and professionalism. We recruit IT specialists, engineers, technicians and managers.
 Using the method of headhunting, we recruit engineers, technicians, sales people, developers and managers. Through our network of contacts, our presence in social media and with qualified search, we ensure that you and your company participate in the entire candidate market. Depending on the service and your desire for discretion, advertising may also become relevant.
We secure the assignment by working with you to create a requirements profile in which we share our knowledge and expertise with you and your company to deliver the best candidate for the job.

The XLNT Way™

Four key crucial areas for attracting the best employee.

The CV and personal cover letter must state what results were achieved at previous jobs, i.e., what positive impressions were left with previous employers.

What qualities qualities can the candidate contribute to their new employer and the actual position. The candidate should give energy and not take energy. Qualities are one of the reasons why the candidate managed to get results.

What motivates and challenges the candidate in the current position to achieve a good result. A good match significantly increases the possibility of a successful recruitment. Motivation beats talent 9 times out of 10.

We assess whether the candidate has the right knowledge and skills for the position. When our recruiter can tick all four boxes and the candidate meets the requirement profile, we present the candidate to our client.

The Recruitment process 

 The recruitment process developed and refined by XLNT Search over the years, combined with our evaluation criteria, has proven to be a successful concept that we offer to our clients with 100% customer satisfaction.

Recruitment Process

Requirements profile
We place great importance on getting to know your company and your organizational and corporate culture in order to make the most accurate match possible between you and the candidate, so that the right candidate is hired.

Search strategy
In connection with the requirement profile, we agree with our client where potential candidates could work today. We develop a strategy on how to solve the tasks based on the specific conditions in each case. We draw up an anticipated timetable for recruitment and determine how and when feedback will be provided. Everything is done in close dialogue with your company.

XLNT Search has access to the commercial job databases available and uses social media to search for suitable candidates for the position.

Mapping the industry
In addition to the established channels, we conduct an industry survey for each assignment, which can be compared to well-organised detective work. We work our way through the market step by step to find suitable companies where potential candidates with the right skills, character and personality profile can be found.

For XLNT Search, networking is paramount. We work with professional networks, social networks on the Internet and industry-specific networks that we have established for several years with headhunting. When we accept a new assignment, we activate these networks and gather leads on interesting candidates to solve the assignment.

We also cooperate with other recruitment companies and get access to their contact network of candidates.

Depending on the service and your wishes regarding discretion, advertising may become relevant.

The recruiter conducts interviews on an ongoing basis with applicants who match the job profile, during which our evaluation criteria are presented to the client.

XLNT consultants will ensure that references are obtained in a professional manner, which may be managers, colleagues, clients, or other relevant references that may be relevant to the current assignment.

Once hired, we follow up with the candidate after 1, 3 and 5 months to make sure everything is going according to plan and provide feedback to our client.

XLNT Switzerland

Please contact Åke Pihlanen for more information.
phone: +46 70 620 28 20