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How to Find a Job in Germany

How to Find a Job in Germany

Visa

Before you decide to move to Germany and look for a job is it important to clarify whether you need a visa to work in Germany or not. Citizens from EU countries, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland do not require a visa to work in Germany. However, if you are a citizen of another country you need a Job Seeker Visa before you can take up work in Germany. This document is issued by the German state through consulates or embassies abroad. It grants foreigners permission to find work in Germany itself. This Job Seeker Visa gives you six months in which you can get used to the country and start contacting potential employers. The work visa usually relates to skilled employment and therefore often requires higher education, which is recognized in Germany. It also requires for you to work in the same area that you have this higher education in. The whole visa application process can take between four and five months.

Looking for a Job

So where can you look for jobs? There are different websites and job portals online where you can browse for jobs. An example of a job portal is the JobNinja GmbH. They have over 60 000 job offers displayed on both their website and their app. The results can be narrowed down both by profession and location of the job. If you are interested in specific companies, you can also look on their websites directly to see if they are offering any jobs. You can also look for jobs in newspapers as many German newspapers publish their job vacancies in their weekend issues. Another place where you can look for jobs is at local employment agencies. Local employment agencies are made to help people search for a job and are located in nearly all towns and cities. You can also publish your profile on the internet, for example on business networks, on the Federal Employment Agency’s portal or other job portals. This way, companies that are interested can respond to your advertisement. Visiting job fairs, trade shows and congresses could also be opportunities to make direct contact with companies. Contacting personnel recruitment agencies could also be an option when searching for a job, as these agencies look for a suitable job on your behalf. However, before deciding to use these services it is important to check whether fees apply.

Applying for a Job

Once you have found a job that you are interested in and want to apply for you need to write your application, which includes a covering letter, a CV with a photo, certificates and references from previous employers. To find out more about what documents are required when applying for a job in Germany, see the article called ‘Documents Required to Apply for a Job in Germany’. When you are writing your application make sure you have all of the required qualifications and emphasize them in your covering letter. It is also important that you obtain health insurance as it is mandatory in Germany and applies from the first day of your stay.

Internships

Another possibility is to first do an internship at a company. A benefit of this is that you develop the skills you need in that specific career or area in addition to gaining valuable work experience. If you start by doing an internship at a company you are also more likely to get a job offer from that company as you already have experience working with them and you already developed and improved the necessary and required skills. There are two options when it comes to applying for an internship. Either organizing it yourself with a company directly, or contacting a staffing agency who will organize it for you. The benefits of applying through an agency is that you have constant support and assistance, if you are unsure of what to do or how to apply. Furthermore, when you are working with an agency you are guaranteed to find a placement. Agencies have a larger network of companies that they work with, which will help you secure a placement. Another benefit of working with an agency is that they are always available to help and will provide you with assistance throughout your placement if you need it.