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Work in Germany

Berlin, October 24, 2011

Due to the crisis which is stricking hard Greece, Italy and Spain, amongst others, not few citizens of these countries consider the possibility of moving to Germany, and try to find a job there. The goal is either to leave unemployment behind or to improve one’s work conditions and perspectives. Not in vain, Germany’s unemployment rate is below 7% (Sept. 2011), and the country needs some 200,000 foreign workers for qualified jobs.

How to look for a job?

Although pretty obvious, some people do not consider necessary to speak German to work in the country. Well, finding a job without speaking any German is indeed possible, but very probably it will not be the job of your dreams. So first, take your time and dive into the language. It is not an easy one but with hard work and some patience…

Once the language barrier has been got over, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) (Federal Agency of Employment) offers its services both for job seekers (Arbeitssuchende) and employers (Arbeitgeber), as a member of the EURES network, that fosters workers mobility within the European Union. Aware of many foreigners’ interest to work in Germany, the BA devotes financial and staff resources in order to channel this flow.

It is also possible to gain access to hundreds of job offers, thanks to several online resources. Here are some of the most popular in Germany:

New life abroad

To help avoid a culture shock, it is good to read about Germany and the Germans prior to arrival: Tatsachen über Deutschland (“Facts about Germany”) offers some interesting data. Also the BA has published this complete guide, with information regarding several spheres (social security, taxes, how to find an apartment, regional dialects, amongst others).

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