Working in Germany: the official website
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Have you decided to search for a job in Germany? Are you seeking employment which matches your professional profile and qualifications? Whether you are still in your home country or already in Germany, the best way to go about job hunting is on the Internet. On our website, you will find useful information on how to find the ideal employer in Germany for your qualifications.

"Make it in Germany" job listings:
Depending on your country of origin, different conditions may apply for taking up employment in Germany. You can check out what opportunities are open to you by completing our Quick-Check.

If you are planning to seek employment in a sector where Germany is currently suffering a shortage of qualified professionals, you will need to meet specific requirements. Vacancies in these sectors are advertised by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). Tip: Companies which particularly welcome qualified professionals from abroad register their vacancies on the job listings of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and will also publish their vacancies on our website. 

Federal Employment Agency (BA): The official job portal of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) – the Jobbörse of the BA ­­­­­­– is the largest job market in Germany and offers you many advantages during your job hunt. It also offers the option for you to post your profile, so that German employers can contact you directly. We recommend using targeted searches for vacant positions – matching your presonal qualifications and interests. The job offers are updated on a daily basis. While most of the vacancies are published in german,the search engine is also available in English and French. Alternatively, you can also use the Jobbörse app.

For additional information, you can obtain detailed descriptions of the various professional fields on the BERUFENET website of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

“Hotline Living and Working in Germany”: Do you have questions concerning job hunting in Germany? Then we recommend using our special advisory service for professionals from abroad. Our experts will answer your individual questions relating to working and careers in Germany and will help you on your path to employment in Germany. YTo use this service, you can either use our live chat or send us an email to make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de. Alternatively, you can get advice in German and English by contacting the “Hotline Living and Working in Germany” on +49 30 1815 – 1111.

EURESEURES is the network of European employment agencies and is committed to promoting the mobility of job-seekers in Europe by providing advisory and job-finding services. The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is a member of EURES.

The multilingual portal EURES provides information on interesting job prospects in Europe and funding programmes of the European Union. And particularly useful for your job search: The EURES Internet portal publishes job offers from Germany and 31 other European countries, information about living and working in the different countries and contact details of EURES advisors.
In addition, EURES regularly organises European Job Days, where you can obtain information about job prospects and vacancies in Germany and other EU countries. Many other countries also offer European Online Job Days. Find the dates of these events by consulting the European Job Days website, at the EURES website or follow EURES on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Job portals and company websites: Do you already have contact with companies in Germany, or have you found specific companies matching your profile? Many German companies also publish their vacancies directly on their websites. The job sections on the company websites are usually called “Stellenangebote”, “Karriere” or “Vakanzen”.

If you are already living or you are temporarily staying in Germany, there are additional ways of looking for a job:

Newspapers: Many German newspapers publish job vacancies from all over the country in their weekend issues. 

Local employment agencies: The function of employment agencies is to help people in their search for a job. In Germany, local employment agencies are situated in nearly all towns and cities. These are branches of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA).

Talent profile: Take an active approach and publish your profile on the Internet, on business networks, on the Federal Employment Agency’s job portal or other job portals. Interested companies can then respond to your advertisement. 

Job fairs: It may also be worth visiting trade shows, job fairs and congresses, where you will have the opportunity to make direct contact with companies.

Personnel recruitment agencies: Another alternative is to use the services of private recruitment agencies. These hunt for suitable jobs on your behalf. If you decide to use the services of a private recruitment agency, please check in advance whether fees apply.

Friends and family: Family and friends often support us in life. Talk to your friends about your intention to seek employment in Germany. Perhaps one of them will be able to provide you with information on interesting employers, put you in contact with companies or give you valuable tips for your job search.

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