Searching Job in Germany
Are you already in Germany? In that case, you have other ways of looking for a job besides over the Internet:
- Newspapers: Look through the pages of German newspapers. Many of them publish job vacancies in their weekend issues. Maybe there’s something there for you.
- Local employment agencies: It can also be worth visiting your local employment agency. There are branches of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA) in nearly all towns and cities in Germany. Their mission is to help people in their search for a job and the service is free.
- Advertise yourself: Don‘t wait to find the perfect job offer. As well as searching for vacancies, you can take positive action yourself by publishing your own job ad on the Internet or in newspapers. Alternatively, you can post your profile including your qualifications and professional experience on the Federal Employment Agency’s job portal and on business networks on the Internet for free. That way, companies which are interested in your profile have a means of contacting you. In Germany, that is a normal thing to do. In your job ad, supply the most important information in brief: the kind of post you are looking for, your activities, qualifications and career milestones, and the place where you would like to work. Interested companies or personnel recruitment businesses will then respond to your advertisement. However, experience has shown that advertising for a job yourself is less effective than applying for actual job vacancies advertised by companies.
- Job fairs: You can make direct contact with companies at trade shows, job fairs and congresses. The advantage here is that you can make a positive first impression on them by talking with them in person. The best thing to do is to find out in advance which companies are taking part in an event. That way, you can address companies that are relevant to your profession. Before events, prepare some application folders that you could then leave with the companies. It is also important to ask for the business card of the person you have spoken with, or at least for his or her name, after talks at the event. This will enable you to mention your conversation with that person at a later stage in your application.
- EURES job fairs: European Job Days, held in all the countries which are a part of the EURES network, take place every spring and autumn. The International Placement Service (ZAV) routinely takes part in these job fairs with current job offers on the German labour market. Often, German employers accompany the ZAV to be able to make direct contact with potential employees like you.
- Personnel recruitment agencies: Another alternative is to use the services of private recruitment agencies. These look for suitable jobs on your behalf. However, they can ask job-seekers for fees of up to €2,000.
- Acquaintances: Friends and family often give us a helping hand in life – and sometimes they can help you in your search for a job too. Talk to your friends about the fact that you‘d like to work in Germany. Perhaps one of them has heard of a vacancy and can give you the names of contacts in Germany.
Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, www.make-it-in-germany.com