The advice helps with the job search
Working in Germany - 8 tips for looking for a job
There are many online exchanges with current job postings. The most important websites include the offers of public programs, facilities and institutions. Your websites are free, reputable, extensive and clear.
Job exchange of the Federal Employment Agency
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is the national German authority for all topics in the German world of work. All employable people can usually use the services free of charge. The employees help and support both online and in face-to-face consultations when looking for or arranging jobs. The BA's online job exchange lists numerous vacancies in Germany. In the database, users can enter certain professions and specializations as well as a preferred place of work. In the next step, suitable offers are displayed. These contain more information, for example the exact job description or the application deadline. The search mask is available in seven languages, most of the vacancies are available in German. Job exchange users can also create a profile and store information about themselves in it - employers looking for skilled workers can use this function to draw their attention.
Anyone who is already in Germany can personally visit a local employment agency. In Germany there are more than 150 employment agencies and around 600 branches. It is best to first make an appointment with a contact person by phone or email. The Central Foreign and Specialized Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency is specially tailored to the needs of foreigners. The employees can be reached by phone or email and speak German and English. The ZAV telephone hotline is 00 49-2 28-7 13 13 13 (for callers from the German landline network the local telephone charges apply, abroad the respective international tariff applies), the email address is [email protected] . The website also provides information on relevant information in German and English.
EURES - "European Job Mobility Portal"
The European Commission has developed its own online network in 26 languages to support jobseeker mobility in Europe. The portal is called "European Employment Services" (EURES). It has a database of vacancies and provides information on the labor markets and the respective requirements. Specialists look for a job in the “Jobseekers” chapter. Under the point "Search for a job" you either select an area of employment or you enter a keyword - for example the job title. In the next step, visitors to the portal can specify a time when the job should start and select a country in which they want to work.
EURES - "European Job Mobility Portal"
"Make it in Germany" web portal
There is a shortage of skilled workers in Germany. That is why the Federal Ministries for Labor and Social Affairs and for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as the Federal Employment Agency (BA) have initiated the “Skilled Workers Offensive”. An important component is the “Make it in Germany” web portal available in German, English, Spanish and French and in partial translations into ten other languages such as Portuguese and Indonesian.
Skilled workers from abroad can find the most important facts about the German labor market here. The website also presents vacancies - they come from the BA's job exchange. The advantage of “Make it in Germany”: The “Autotranslate” tool translates the job offers into numerous languages. Attention: This is an automated translation for which the portal does not accept any liability. Skilled workers from abroad can also get advice over the phone via the “Working and Living in Germany Hotline”. The employees can be reached Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CET under the number 00 49-30-18 15 11 11. Callers from the German landline network incur the local telephone charges; abroad the respective international tariff price applies.
Job exchange for researchers
The European Commission supports the mobility of scientists in Europe with the "Euraxess" web portal specially developed for researchers. More than 30 European countries participate in the Europe-wide network. They have agreed on a uniform appearance on the Internet and have coordinated their topics for advice. Interested parties can use the portal to contact scientists, for example. Or you can use a Europe-wide job exchange that also contains many interesting offers from Germany. Users first select their specialist area, then their career level and then have an overview of relevant job offers. The national “Euraxess” coordination office in Germany is based at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The "Euraxess Germany" portal is available in German and English.
Job exchange of the German Nursing Association
At the moment there are many people in Germany who would like to work in the care of sick and elderly people. The German Nursing Association has developed its own job exchange for the Internet. Users of the platform either enter a job title as a key term or first select a professional field. In the next step, vacancies are displayed. The search can be further refined by selecting a region. The website is available in German.
Some specialists have very clear ideas about their employer and may already be interested in certain companies in Germany. Some companies are also looking for new employees on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Xing - it is worth taking a look at their social media presence. Perhaps the company also has a seat in your home country and provides information about vacancies in Germany - just ask! The Federal Employment Agency and many companies are also represented at job fairs abroad. The advantage of these events is that the right contact person is personally available there. A good tip are the EURES job fairs (more information on EURES can be found under the heading of the same name on this page): The so-called “European Job Days” usually take place in spring and autumn in European countries. Employees of the Central Foreign and Specialized Placement Service (ZAV) and often also employees of German companies inform and advise personally about current job offers.
Another tip: Most of the larger German companies have their own career portal where they provide information about vacancies - some of them are also in English. Skilled workers can also try unsolicited applications at any time if a company does not currently have a job advertised. It is important to inquire about the right contact person on the website beforehand. In our chapter "Application" we have put together the most important tips for applying in Germany. There is also an online tool - the "Europass" - with which you can easily create a clear, well-structured and correct curriculum vitae that complies with current standards.
Newspaper job portals
Most German daily and weekly newspapers also publish job advertisements from companies online. They often offer their own job portal for this, where you can look around for job offers. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung offer two of the most extensive job portals for specialists and executives, nationally published and globally renowned daily newspapers. The weekly newspaper Die Zeit also publishes job advertisements. The offer is usually available in German.
Jobs in demand in Germany
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