looking for a job

Looking for a job

Obviously one of the key elements of moving to Germany to work is finding a job. Germany is one of the world’s biggest economies; it is also a relatively healthy economy which means that employment prospects are very good.  Germany has a “greying” workforce and has long had one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. These two factors have also created an excellent environment for job seekers.

Most In Demand Jobs

The types of jobs that are in the highest demand are incredibly varied. Some professions, such as health care and some specific engineering specialties have faced critical shortages for some time. Skilled trade and temporary workers are also in high demand.

Here are some of the most in demand jobs.

  • Retail sales assistants
  • Lorry and heavy truck drivers
  • Plumbers
  • Nursing professionals
  • Metal workers
  • Auto mechanics
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Sales
  • Warehouse workers and managers
  • Transportation and logistical specialists
  • IT professionals, particularly infrastructure specialists
  • Elderly care
  • Heating and air conditioning specialists
  • Sanitation workers on all levels

Job Search Tips

Most employers expect you to have basic fluency in German, although as in all things, this requirement varies based on the company, your skills, and the company’s specific needs.  As a rule of thumb, if you do not speak German, do not have your CV and cover letter translated before submitting it; this will only cause problems if you are called in for an interview. It is better to apply in English.

In most cases you will be asked to submit an application portfolio, called “die Mappe”. This includes your CV, cover letter, educational certificates, references and endorsements, passport photos.

Typically German employers are fairly fact based. They tend to be more concerned with experience than personal details such as long-term goals, motivations, and hobbies.  Cover letters and CVs should be clear and concise. Cover letters should never exceed one page and CVs should never exceed two pages.  As a basic rule, do not include anything that does not directly apply to the position.

Online Job Search Sites

The Federal Employment Agency is an excellent starting point for job seekers. The site is offered in a number of languages and is easy to navigate.

 

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