Job-hunting on the internet
Job-hunting on the Internet
Whether you are still in your home country or already in Germany, the best way to start looking for a job is over the Internet. One place to find vacancies in Germany is on the Internet pages of the following government institutions:
- Federal Employment Agency: Germany’s largest official job portal belongs to the Federal Employment Agency (BA). One of its tasks is to support job-hunters in Germany and abroad in their search for suitable job offers. On the BA Web site, you can do targeted searches for vacant jobs. The search engine is available in German, English and French. However, for the moment most of the job offers are in German only.
You will find many of the jobs which are posted on the Federal Employment Agency portal also on the “Make it in Germany” job exchange. Here, you can do targeted searches in professions where Germany lacks qualified professionals.
- International Placement Service: Job-seekers who do not yet live in Germany but are interested in working in Germany can ask the International Placement Service (ZAV). The ZAV is part of the Federal Employment Agency. One of its core tasks is to provide advice and find jobs for people at the international level. You can find out more at www.zav.de. Or, if you would like some personal advice, phone 0049 (0)228 713-1313, or send an e-mail to: make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de. The service is free.
- EURES: The BA is also a member of the network of European employment agencies, which is called EURES. EURES is committed to promoting the mobility of job-seekers in Europe by providing advisory and job-finding services. EURES offers interesting job prospects and funding programmes. You can find out more about this from the EURES advisors in the respective countries.
The EURES Internet portal has job offers from 31 European countries – including Germany – information about living and working in the different countries and the contact details of the EURES advisors. The portal is available in 25 languages.
In addition, every spring and autumn EURES organises European Job Days in a large number of European countries, at which vacancies in Germany are also presented. You can find the dates of these events by asking the EURES advisors of the respective countries, or by consulting the EURES Web site or Facebook pages.
- Job portals: Many German companies advertise their vacancies not only through official agencies, but also publish them on the Internet. Take a look at the well-known job portals (German keyword: Jobportal) and on social networking sites. Otherwise, search for companies in Germany which are most likely to offer jobs in your line of work. Many of these companies offer vacancies on their own Web sites. The job sections are usually called “Stellenangebote”, “Karriere” or “Vakanzen”.
Job-hunting in Germany
Job-hunting 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.
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Information on the World Wide Web
Federal Foreign Office
List of German missions abroad. The Internet sites of the German missions abroad offer country-specific advice about applying for visas, and pamphlets (German, English, French, Portugese, Arabic)
International Placement Service
Information about access to the labour market in Germany (German, English)
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Overview of the conditions set out in the Residence Act in Germany (German, English, Turkish, Russian)
Federal Office of Migration and Refugees
Important information on residence in Germany (German, English, Russian, Turkish)
Federal Foreign Office
Information on the procedure for obtaining a visa (German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic)
Federal Foreign Office
Working and Living in Germany (German, English, French, Portuguese, Arabic)