Tools to help you with German Job Market
Posted on October 17, 2019
Germany is facing a shortage of skills and is looking at foreign workers to fill vacant positions and give the much-required push to the German industry. If you are looking for a job in Germany, this is your chance to make the best of the opportunity. There are plenty of job openings and you can land one provided you have knowledge of the tools that will help you in the German job market.
Here is brief guide on tools that will help you stay ahead in your job search.
Information on German work visas and job permits
If you belong to the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not need a work permit to work in Germany. You are eligible to work with a valid passport or ID card. And you have full access to the German job market.
If you belong to U.S, Israel, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or South Korea, you can travel to Germany without a visa and can apply for a work permit and search for a job.
Those belonging to other countries require a visa and work permit to work in Germany. Your ability to get a work permit depends on your qualifications and the sector you want to work in.
If you do not belong to the EU or EEA or any other exempted country, you will need a residence title. The criteria of residence title you are eligible for depends on your training and qualifications. For more details you can refer to this brochure, Studying and Working in Germany.
The other option is to use the German jobseeker visa which allows you to stay in Germany for six months and look for a job.
A basic level in German is essential to land a job in Germany. While you can get certain jobs with your knowledge of English, knowledge of German gives you access to more job opportunities.
The German government’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) as part of its ESF-BAMF program offers free courses in German to help migrants. The course apart from teaching German to participants helps them with professional skill-building tips and information about work placements.
Recognition of your qualifications
The Federal Office of Germany will help you acquire recognition of your professional skills if you got them outside Germany. From April 2012, foreign jobseekers can get their professional qualifications obtained outside Germany recognized and verified if it meets the requirements of the profession in Germany. This is important especially for regulated professions such as doctors, nurses or teachers.
Recognition of non-regulated professions will be helpful for your potential employer to evaluate how qualified you are for the job.
You can access this information portal of the German government to get recognition of your professional qualifications.
German job sites
If you are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can look for a job in Germany through the EURES (European Employment Services) website. You can upload your CV on this website. This site also provides information on the legal and administrative matters connected with working in Germany.
The largest provider of job search services is the Federal Employment Agency, it has a network of over 700 agencies and offices around the country. It provides information on job opportunities including casual work opportunities in Germany. You can upload your profile on the site and even specify what you are looking for. The website contains specific information on occupations facing a skills shortage. You can check their website for job listings.
ZAV or the Central Foreign and Specialist Placement Agency gives instructions in various languages on how you can make use of the services of the Federal Employment Agency.
Other information resources
For more information on job openings in Germany, you can look at classified sections of local German newspapers. Company websites also post job openings available with them. Apart from this, you can take the help of recruitment agencies in Germany to help you in your job search.
Getting a job in Germany can be a smooth process if you are aware of and gain access to the tools that will help you in your job search. An immigration will be of valuable help in this area.