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New Strategies for the Job Hunt

- chapter excerpt - 

Individuals looking for a job in Germany should be sure to approach the application process with several different strategies.

The number and quality of jobs in an export-oriented and high-cost country like the Federal Republic of Germany is very much dependent on the condition of the global economy as well as the successful transport of goods and services. For this reason, it is not surprising that the labor market figures in recent years have been on a roller coaster ride, showing both strong positive and negative trends.

Job hunt in Germany

For the current period 2016/2017, all employment indicators look good, and to help you in your job search, you should be sure to take note of the following:

  • Read through the job postings in German newspapers and magazines
  • Surf the German employment web sites on the Internet
  • Contact a personnel consultant
  • Keep on the look-out for job fairs and visit them
  • Visit industry fairs
  • Go to the German employment agency
  • Send “blind” applications
  • Post your resume on Internet recruiting sites
  • Seek employers via the Internet, look for any job offerings or job postings and application possibilities
  • Seek out industry-specific publications and web sites for employment ads or postings
  • Join professional organizations to build a network (see Chapter “Building a successful network”)
  • Tell your friends and professional acquaintances that you are looking for employment
  • Work for temporary employment agencies to become known by and to get to know different businesses


Job searches on the Internet
Looking for jobs posted on the Internet and then sending an application per e-mail or over an online form is a standard strategy in every comprehensive job search. To seek for a job we suggest to make use of a job scout e.g.

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Good chances for finding a job with speculative applications

Only about a third of all job vacancies are actually published as advertisements in the media. All other positions are filled through other means, and it is most common for information to be passed on by "word of mouth" from friends, employees, customers and suppliers.

This means that opportunities also exist for those who send so-called "initiative" or "speculative" applications. Applicants preparing speculative applications should consider the following:

  • The greatest difficulty a speculative applicant has is making sure that his or her application does not get lost in the pile. In order to position yourself and your skills with what the organization needs at the time of your application, you should first call the companies to which you plan on applying.
  • Once you have a personnel representative on the line, you should have three or four sentences ready to introduce yourself in a way that is meaningful and arouses further interest.
    The conversation that you have should be kept short and sweet, though you should not forget to get the name of the contact person you are talking with and the name of the representative in the Human Resources Department who will be receiving your application documents. Ideally, after this call, you will have also learned more about a possible vacant position within the organization.
    With this information, it is much easier to judge whether the company will have a genuine interest in you and your skills.
  • Should you know little about the professional and personal requirements that are important in a particular company, be sure to elaborate on your own skills, experience and accomplishments in the speculative cover letter. This allows a personal assistant to quickly recognize whether or not an applicant fits a specific job. At the same time, keep in mind that "less" is often "more" when it comes to text - especially given the large number of applications that attractive companies typically receive.

So, start researching employers that you find interesting and start applying to them with perfectly customized applications. Good luck!

If you want to make use of professional support for your job application in Germany, we suggest to combine an intensive German training with a specific seminar. Please find more information here >>>

Useful words and phrases

Deutsch Englisch Französisch Spanish Italienisch
cover letter Lettre de motivation carta de presentación Lettera di copertura
employment office Bourse du travail Bolsa de trabajo l'occupazione di scambio
Arbeitserlaubnis German work permit Permis de travail Permiso de trabajo Permesso di lavoro
Arbeitszeugnis reference certificates
job certificate
certificat de travail certificado de trabajo Lavora certificato
Berufserfahrung work experience expérience professionnelle experiencia profesional esperienza professionale
Bewerber / Bewerberin applicant candidat candidato candidato
Bewerbung application application aplicación applicazione
Bewerbungsablauf, Bewerbungsprozess application process processus de application Proceso deaplicación processo de  applicazione
Bewerbungsfrist application deadlines date limite fecha tope scadenza
Benachrichtigung notification notification notificación notifica
application documents dossiers de candidature documentos de solicitud documenti de applicazione
Einladung invitation invitation invitación invito
Eintrittstermin starting date Date de début fecha de inicio data di inizio
Gehalt salary salaire sueldo salario
Lebenslauf Resume, CV curriculum vitae
Personalabteilung personnel department services de personnel departamento de personal ufficio del personale
Stellengesuch situations wanted / job wanted oferta de empleo offre d'emploi offerta
Stellenanzeige Job Advertisement oferta de empleo offre d'emploi offerta
Stellenaus-schreibung, Jobangebote job offer oferta de empleo offre d'emploi offerta
Stellensuche, Arbeitssuche job hunt recherche d'emploi Bolsa de trabajo cerca lavoro
Teilzeit work for temporary à temps partiel a media jornada a tempo parziale
Voraussetzung / Anforderungen Requirements exigences Requisitos Requisiti
Vorstellungs-gespräch job interview interview entrevista intervista
Zeugnis testimony témoignage testimonio testimonianza



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