EP. 13: Finding and Getting a Job in Germany

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Finding a job is something that most expats will need to do at some point during their time in Germany. And despite the large number of international companies based all over Germany, finding a job might still not be as easy as you’d think. It can be a difficult, frustrating, and sometimes seemingly hopeless experience. But there are some tips and tricks that might help you with the process. In this episode, I try to get a combination of experiences and tips to inspire and help you if you’re in the job market.

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General Job Searching Tips

Here are some pointers about searching for a job in Germany.

Your Visa

How you search for a job will largely depend on the type of German Visa you have. Since the rules for Visas might be different from state to state, and the requirements change over time, you should do thorough research to make sure you know which Visas allow you to do what. 

You can find out more information about Visas from the Auswärtigesamt, or by asking at your local Ausländerbehöreramt. You can also search dozens of Facebook forums for information, too. 

Job Portals

There are many job portals you can use to search for a job. If you do a search for your job title in English, you might be able to return some English jobs (but this is tricky and you will still need to do some clicking). 

One of the biggest job exchanges is the Bundesagentur für Arbeit: https://jobboerse.arbeitsagentur.de/vamJB/startseite.html

Other big ones are monster.de, indeed.com, and stepstone.de. You can also utilize the job exchanges on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/) and Xing (https://www.xing.com/jobs). 

Some sites offer English job searches, like IamExpat.de (https://www.iamexpat.de/career/jobs-germany), The Local (https://jobs.thelocal.de/) or Expatica (https://www.expatica.com/de/jobs/). 

Another option in Germany is unsolicited job applications, where you send your CV directly to a company, regardless of whether there is an open job or not. Many German companies keep these applications on file in case any suitable positions open up.

Cheryl Howard’s Job Search Experiences

Cheryl Howard lives in Berlin and runs the blog cherylhoward.com. Her site has a lot of good advice for expats. I came across an article she wrote about finding a job in Berlin, which largely also applies to the rest of Germany, too. She has been a job seeker many times in Germany, and she offers many great stories, tips, and experiences during my interview with her.  

Tips and Advice for your “Lebenslauf” (CV or Resumé)

IamExpat.de has a great guide on how to write a German CV, so I asked Abi (who has been on the show before) to go through some of the points of what is expected. 

My Own Advice

In the episode, I also give my own advice about finding and getting a job. I’ll be writing a separate blog post with those tips! 

Resources

Here are some general resources for you.

Good guides to finding work in Germany:

Salary advice from Live Work Germany (currently only for the Tech field, but more coming soon). It’s specific to Berlin, but will give you an idea of salaries in Germany: 

Social media sites for professionals:

Information about getting your certifications or documents recognized in Germany: 

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