Introduction to the Job Application Process in Germany

30/10/2015 - 10:01-2 Comments by | mexico flag

I would like to share what I have learn about the Job Application Process in Germany. For this purpose I will use my own experience and the experience of my classmates.

Most of the foreigner students I have talked to at my University, Hochschule Offenburg, seek for a work opportunity in Germany after finishing their studies, so do I. The international pupils can request a job seeker visa after finishing their degree and this visa can be valid for even 18 months after obtaining the degree in Germany, which is more than enough time to begin an employment.

We want to use this chance to work here for many reasons; to gain international experience, to save money, to establish in Germany in the long run, or as in my case, for these reasons combine. I have no doubt that getting professional experience in Germany open many doors, mainly for those professionals looking for an international career.

I have many foreigner friends who have found a job in Germany after their studies here, and many others who, like me, are looking for one. According to our experience, we agree and disagree in many aspects. In general terms I could say:

  • The first students to get a work contract are those working as Interns while studying, because some companies offer their interns actual jobs as part of a developing plan.
  • All of us agree that it always takes time to find a work, at least more time than in our home countries. From what I have seen, a student requieres at least four months of constant application to get selected and hired. I have also seen people applying for more than one year.
  • There are many points of view about what a CV and Cover Letter should look like, what it should include and in which order. At the end of the day, I have seen everyone follows different patterns. I guess this differences reflect in part the process of thinking of each person and gives a unique personality to the application.

In spite of others opinion, I have decided not to begin this process just after my graduation, last May. After finishing my MBA, I signed up in an intensive German class in order to finish, at least, the level B2 of this language. Despite there are many international companies in Germany, where the official language at work is English, I took this road of achieving the intermediate level of German as the fluency of this idiom is essential for my area of expertise, which is HR. This step is something I would recommend for those studying in English as I find extremely important to master the language of the company I am working at.

I feel positive and have got some interviews already. Nevertheless, for me is hard sometimes and time consuming to follow this process. One have to manage a lot of uncertainty. I am sure one must be very sure to want to achieve this target, as the competition in the German laboral market is quite strong and the effort to achieve it is usually big.

Tags: Career, English Blog Post, German Language



    Hi I want to know how much it costs to study master in Germany , I graduate management , I’m from Iraq

    Comment by Husam created 01/11/2015 - 19:08

      Hi Husam,
      low tuition fees are charged for master’s degree programmes. All students have to pay a semester contribution. For more information, see the section on money and costs on our website:
      Best wishes,
      Your study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 02/11/2015 - 16:05

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