If you already have an employment contract, your employer will help you to complete the necessary formalities.
If you are looking for a job, there are a variety of information portals that can help you even before you enter Germany.
If you are looking for a job
EURES promotes the mobility of jobseekers within Europe through advice and placement. The offer ranges from Europe-wide vacancies, EU funding programs, information on living and working conditions as well as contact details for EURES advisers.
The Federal Employment Agency offers Germany’s largest online job portal.
At the JOBBÖRSE of the Federal Employment Agency, you can store your personal applicant profile in a closed area so that German employers can become aware of you and, if interested, contact you directly. Select targeted job offers tailored to your qualifications and interests. The job offers are updated daily for you, but they often appear in German.
You can also use the JOBBÖRSE as an app.
You can find detailed information about various professional fields on the BERUFENET website of the Federal Employment Agency.
“Hotline Working and Living in Germany” is a range of advice tailored to specialists from abroad. For personal advice, you can reach this service in German and English by chat, by e-mail [make-it-in-germany(at)arbeitsagentur.de] or via the hotline at +49 30 1815 – 1111.
Job portals and company websites: Many companies also publish their vacancies on their company websites. It is best to search under the key words “job offers”, “career” or “vacancies”.
If you already live in Germany and are looking for a job:
Newspapers: Many newspapers publish national but also regional job advertisements in their weekend editions.
Employment Agency: The job of the Employment Agency is to support people in their job search. You can get free advice on site in almost all German cities. The employment agencies are branches of the Federal Employment Agency.
Talent profile: Get active and publish your personal profile online in the various business networks, the JOBBÖRSE of the Federal Employment Agency or other job portals. Interested companies will become aware of you and can contact you directly.
Job fairs: You can also visit specialist and job fairs or congresses, where there is always the opportunity to talk to company and company representatives.
Recruitment agencies: Private recruitment agencies offer another alternative to job search. They are looking for a suitable position for you. Inquire in advance whether fees will apply if you want to use the service of a private placement agency.
Family and friends: Friends and family support us in life so often. Tell your friends and family about your desire to live and work in Germany. Perhaps someone you know has an interesting contact or a good tip for you.
If you already have an employment contract
If you already have an employment contract, your employer will help you to complete the necessary formalities. You should have:
- Valid identity card (ID card) or passport
- Complete and current resume
- School certificates, general and vocational qualifications and certificates
- If necessary, job references and letters of recommendation
Your future employer will support you in the following:
- Checking and signing the employment contract
- Registration with a statutory health insurance company
- Registration with social security (done by the employer)
- Health examination
- Procurement of further documents if necessary
The European Portal on work mobility (EURES):
Das Europäische Portal zur beruflichen Mobilität (EURES)
The Employment Agency:
Die Agentur für Arbeit
Make it in Germany.
The Federal Government’s Portal for professionals:
Make it in Germany
Job market of the Employment agency:
Die Jobbörse der Agentur für Arbeit
BerufeNet – the detailed information about professions and vocations proposed by the Employment agency:
Das BerufeNet – die Berufsinformationen der Agentur für Arbeit