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How to get a job in Germany? A quick guide for foreigners and German residents

To get a job in Germany, everyone needs first to find a job in Germany. You can look for a job from anywhere, whether you live in Germany or abroad. Depending on your nationality, you can also come to Germany first and then find a job.

Once you have a job offer, you want to understand if you need a visa to work in Germany. Therefore the first thing you need to do to get a job in Germany is to find a job, and then you worry about the rest. Read more below on how to find a job in Germany.

How to get a job in Germany?

To get a job in Germany, you just need first to find a job in Germany. Wherever you are, in Germany or abroad, you can look for work in Germany. Read more below on how to find a job in Germany.

Some nationalities can also come to Germany first and then find a job.
You can come to Germany before you find a job if you have a passport from a European Union (EU) country. Therefore any passport from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
You can come to Germany before you find a having a job also if you have a passport from Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland.
You can come to Germany before you find a having a job without a visa but only for three months if you have a passport from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, the UK or the USA.

Citizens of all other countries need a work visa to come to Germany to work. But you should worry about it only after you have a job offer in Germany. Book an appointment at the closest German consulate and communicate with your future employer about how long it could take.

If you have a university degree, that is recognized in Germany, you can obtain a 6 months visa to come to Germany to look for work.

Of course, if you are willing to go back to school, you can think about studying in Germany and maybe work part-time during your studies.

In Germany, your work visa, and your residence permit, will normally belong to you, not to your employer, therefore if you want to change your job or you stop working, you don’t need to leave the country.

How to find a job in Germany?

You can find a job in Germany by searching for job opportunities in Germany. You will find a job either directly with a company or through an employment agency. Here is a list of possible ways you find a job in Germany.

Job sites in Germany

A good start is to search for a job on these popular job sites.  

BaiduGoogleNaverSogou or Yandex, or any other search engine you trust: when you start job hunting, a simple web search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Construction worker in Germany” or “Content creator in Berlin”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.

make it in Germany has listings of jobs available in Germany. It is an official german government website and it’s fairly popular in Germany. You can read in German, English, Spanish, and French. But most of the job listings will be in German or English, therefore use Google Translate (or any other translator you prefer).

jobboerse is another popular job site from the German Federal Employment Agency. You can read it in German, English, Spanish, French, Turkish, and Russian. But most of the job listings will be in German or English, therefore use Google Translate (or any other translator you prefer).

Indeed Germany, Indeed is an international job website but it is also one of the most visited job sites in Germany.

Step Stone is one of the most popular job site in Germany, they say that they are the job exchange for specialists and managers. It’s only in German so you will have to work it out with Google Translate (or any other translator you prefer).

Kimeta is another popular job site in Germany, they say that they are the job exchange for specialists and managers. It’s only in German so you will have to work it out with Google Translate (or any other translator you prefer).

kununu reviews employers, so you can maybe understand better who want to work for. They ‘anonymously rate corporate culture, salary, benefits and more you can find the best employer for you on Europe’s largest employer rating platform’.

Recruitment agencies in Germany

Recruitment agencies normally specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes you can even be contacted by an agency that looks for professionals that companies struggle to find on their own.
Therefore you can look up an agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills.

If you, for example, type ‘recruitment agency near Munich’ on Google Maps, or any other map service, you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. You can do the same for your area to check if you have a local agency that can help you find a job in Germany.

Be aware that you should not normally pay an agency when they find a job for you, so be careful when an agency asks you for money and do check whether the agency is legitimate. 

Ask around you for possible jobs in Germany

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities around your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may be traveled or worked in Germany or other EU countries. Whether you are Qatari or you come from abroad, you will be surprised how some of your friends or family probably know someone who knows someone. 

Sources

I used deutschland.de for some of the information above. deutschland.de is an information portal supported by the Foreign Office of the German Government. you can read it in German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

I used Similarweb and Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest to check how popular are some of the job sites presented above. 

The caption of the cover image above is Hard Work in Robert-Bosch-Schule, Stuttgart, Germany. Photo by Maxime Agnelli on Unsplash

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