7 Tips To Get Hired In Germany
February • 27th, 2022
by EU Business School
Experts from the EU Business School have rounded up 7 fantastic tips to get hired in Germany
Read on to find out how to kickstart your career!
Germany is a top choice for employment-seekers, thanks to its competitive salaries, excellent workling conditions and high quality of life. Home to the HQs of major global companies as well as one of the best startup ecosystems in Europe, it offers a broad range of professional opportunities across several sectors.
But, with a lot of competition, how do you make sure that you stand out from the crowd to get that sought-after job? It’s a good idea to get expert advice – and EU Business School, which has campuses in top European cities, including Munich, is here to help. This high-ranking business school hosts a practical webinar series, “Getting Hired in Germany”, which brings together top industry experts and talent management professionals across a range of fields from finance to marketing to provide tips and advice.
1. Make sure you have the right kind of visa
Work visas are not necessary for citizens of the EU/EEA, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland, but may be required for people from other countries. If you have studied in Germany, for example at EU Business School in Munich, you may be eligible for a job-seeker visa for up to 18 months. You should contact your local German embassy or consulate to find out the most up-to-date regulations on work visas.
2. Network, network, network
Networking is a key element of the job-seeking process wherever you are in the world, and Germany is no exception. Make the most of your alumni network, join the local chapter of professional organizations, check out networking events on social media and attend as many as possible. And, of course, ask friends to keep you posted on any professional opportunities that they hear about – nothing beats a personal recommendation!
3. Optimize your social media
Social media plays a huge role in contemporary job-seeking, from finding out more about companies that interest you to helping you boost your own employability. Update your LinkedIn and Xing profiles (Xing is the German equivalent of LinkedIn) and adjust your settings so that your profile appears in searches. Identify leaders at companies that you would like to work for, and follow and interact with them on Twitter and LinkedIn.
4. Make sure your CV is right for German employers
German CVs have different requirements than those from other parts of the world: for example, German employers usually expect to see a (professional) photograph. Do your research and make sure that you are using the right kind of CV for the German market.
Remember that your CV should demonstrate why you would be the perfect fit, so read the job description carefully and ensure you respond to each point. However, Germans like CVs to be short and to the point, so keep yours brief, clear and easy to read. Our experts recommend a maximum of three pages.
5. Include a covering letter
German employers expect a covering letter. Like your CV, you should keep it short and sweet, but make sure it conveys exactly why you are the right person for the job or the internship.
6. Internships add value
Internships, particularly at the early stages of a career, will show potential employers that you have professional experience that you can leverage in future positions. And, don’t forget that, while an internship is not a sure-fire way to get a permanent post at a given company, it certainly helps. Our experts recommend that you use social media networks to find out what jobs or internships are available, but also suggest giving HR departments in Germany a call directly to explain what you think you can offer the company.
7. Learn some German
English is the lingua franca of business and it is widely spoken in Germany and in larger international companies in particular, but our experts say that you will almost certainly be expected to have at least some German. Even if your German is very basic, showing a commitment to learning the language – by mentioning any certificates you have earned or classes that you are taking – will be valued by employers.
Do you want to hear more? Sign up now for exclusive access to EU Business School’s Getting Hired in Germany webinar featuring HR professionals Ariane Mertens, from Bosch Building Technologies (a leading global supplier of state-of-the-art technology and services with group sales of €71.5 billion in 2020) and Ralf Plass, from Michael Page (one of the world's leading professional recruitment consultancies, operating in 36 countries around the world).