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Publishing your job offer

You also need to think carefully about where you post your job offer. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Via which channels can I best reach my target group?
  • How can I get myself known abroad?
  • What other possibilities are there for finding staff?

Posting vacancies on "Make it in Germany" job listings

Are you interested in publishing your job offer on "Make it in Germany"?

If you have vacancies in professions where there is a worker shortage (bottleneck professions), you can publish them on the "Make it in Germany" job listings. In the "Make it in Germany" job listings you will find job offers selected from of the general job listings of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). All the selected jobs are accessible also for qualified professionals from countries outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland. The selection of the occupations results from the Skills Gap Analysis of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and from the whitelist (Positivliste) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

To place your job advertisement, please note the following information:
•    The job you have to offer must be assigned to a bottleneck profession, only then it will appear in the "Make it in Germany" job listings.
•    Notify your vancancy to your local employer service (Arbeitgeberservice) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and indicate to list your offer in the "Make it in Germany" job listings (this option can be found under „Sonstige spezielle Stellenbörsen“ > „Make-it-in-Germany – ausl. Fachkräfte finden“.)
•    OR: If you already submitted vacancies to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), there is also the possibility to add independently your job offer to the "Make it in Germany" job listings. There choose the following option: „Sonstige spezielle Stellenbörsen“ > „Make-it-in-Germany – ausl. Fachkräfte finden“.

The advantage of your job posting is that you can address qualified professionals from all over the world easily. Ideally, you should also write your job offer in English. Besides, professionals from abroad often need more information about the advertised job. Please note our tips on writing job vacancies.

Job listings abroad

You will find numerous international or country-specific job listings on the Internet. Post your job vacancy online there, or search for suitable candidates in the applicant pools of online job listings. When writing your job offer, make sure that it is formulated as accurately as possible and describes the requirements in concrete terms. This will help qualified professionals who are not very familiar with German technical terms and locutions to know it concerns them.

Job offers on the EURES network

The EURES professional mobility portal helps employers in search of qualified professionals in other European countries. If you want to register on the EURES portal as an employer, for example, you can search for CVs of applicants who correspond to your requirements. You will find further information on the EURES portal.

Trade fairs abroad

Another possible recruitment channel are trade fairs abroad. There, you can meet potential applicants in person and get a first impression of them. Another side-effect is that your company makes itself better known abroad!
The International and Specialised Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency also regularly organise recruitment events in Germany and abroad. For further information, phone +49 (0) 228 713-1313.

Using social networking websites

You can also make use of national or international career platforms to draw attention to your company and your job offer. Many foreign workers are active on these special types of social networking sites to develop business contacts. As a company, you can generally draw up your own profile, search for suitable applicants or post job offers there.

Tip:Post your job offer in English or in the local language of your future employee. That will give you a better chance of addressing applicants who do not have a perfect command of German. Moreover, you will demonstrate that you are a cosmopolitan company and at the same time build your image abroad.

Important note: Notify the Federal Employment Agency of your vacancy. This is (in some cases) the only way of getting the required Vorrangprüfung – the test to see whether there are job applicants with preferential rights – carried out, for example if you wish to fill your vacancy with someone from outside the EU. You can find out more about admission to the labour market in the section “Entering and working in Germany”. 

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Federal Employment Agency (BA)

Information on admission to the labour market (German, English)

Information for employers on recruiting international qualified professionals (German)

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