How To Find English Speaking Jobs In Germany: Part II
The second part of this guide looks into actual websites and resources which will prove useful in searching for English speaking jobs in Germany. Whereas Part I was more about setting the scene around the “how”, this final part looks more into the “where exactly”!
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Generic Job Websites In Germany
Now, whilst the offerings on these sites are overwhelmingly aimed at Germans, it is worth panning for gold here because not everyone will bother to look on these sites, and hence you have a potential advantage over your fellow jobseekers. Remember my advice from the previous post? True, probably only around 5% of the job descriptions will be in English but it doesn’t take a great deal of effort to sift through the ones that aren’t, right?
The largest jobs website in Germany is StepStone, covering all industry sectors nationwide. They also have a language option to show the site in English, however, it does not filter for English speaking jobs. Monster has recently fallen from the lofty heights of where they were 5 years ago. Although still a key player, Monster has also begun to work as a job search engine in addition to being a stand-alone site. Possibly a consequence of them losing market share to StepStone and other competitors? Monster also has a beta version of an English language option. Other generic German job sites with good market share are Kalaydo, Jobware, MeineStadt (for more locally restricted searches) and Stellenanzeigen. I won’t spend any more time on these for now. Some are more geared towards certain branches but this level of detail is probably not necessary, given that you’re looking for a job in English, so onwards…
Generic German Job Search Engines
The main difference between the above sites and these ones is just that these all work on an algorithm which finds job adverts and brings them all into one place, namely the sites linked to here. Some (but not all) of these also generate revenue through allowing companies to advertise their positions directly on their sites too. From most to least useful in my opinion, the main sites are Indeed, Kimeta, Opportuno and for hotel/catering focus try Jobsterne. Because Indeed is an international site which is active in several countries, you could check out the Indeed U.K. site to grasp the general navigation in English beforehand. Think one step ahead!
Employer & Candidate Matching Services
Developed out of necessity, these are a smart and innovative concept, potentially very useful to jobseekers looking for English speaking jobs in Germany. The need for this service has grown over the past years as the talent pool to fill vacancies is shrinking, due to Germany’s top-heavy demographic pyramid. Or in plain English, for every 3 people who retire, only 2 replacements are entering the labour market. This is driving a huge shortage of skilled labour to fill vacancies, especially in Germany’s Mittelstand of highly specialised, small-to-medium sized businesses which previously would never have considered recruiting from overseas or a non-German speaking person.
Employland, founded in 2014, is the brainchild of Hamburg entrepreneur Hans-Christian Bartholatus. Employland allows candidates to create profiles for free and are matched together with potential employers. At the point of a successful conclusion of an employment contract, the employer pays a fee. The whole process is free of charge for the candidate and also includes all of the necessary immigration permits and paperwork for the candidate to legally work in Germany.
ImmigrantSpirit works in a similar manner. This is the project of Düsseldorf-based Life Coach and Headhunter, Chris Pyak. Chris works with numerous companies to connect them with potential candidates. Candidates can register on the site for free and submit their CV and covering letter and Immigrant Spirit will match them with potential employers. During the first year of employment, Immigrant Spirit offers coaching to help with the immersion to German business culture and life in Germany.
Germany-USA Careers Service is also along similar lines but a) is based in the U.S. and thus aimed primarily at Americans looking to work in Germany and b) also helps Germans (and Austrians and Swiss) make the journey the other way across the Pond. Whereas Employland and ImmigrantSpirit focus primarily on placing jobseekers into open positions with German companies, GUCC aims foremost to place Americans with U.S. companies and government agencies which have a presence in Germany.
Whilst this one is a German language site, it deserves a mention on its own because of a certain nuance of the German jobs market, namely that job adverts by and large do not indicate salary range. This is especially annoying because you either need to call their HR department and openly ask about renumeration ahead of submitting an application, or risk wasting time applying for something below your expectations. Experteer bucks this trend as a portal for senior roles paying above €60,000 per year. The downside is that it’s a premium site costing €11.90 per month, but then if you earn over 60 big ones a year you can afford it! Because it plays at the higher end of the market, there are also more job descriptions in English for multinational blue-chip companies.
A user-friendly site posting English speaking jobs in Germany, EnglishJobs.de allows you to search by major city or Bundesland. Most of the open postings on here are geared towards engineers, developers and programmers and in their FAQ they also state that this is their main focus area. This site includes a mix of original postings as well as jobs originally posted on other portals.
Fairly similar set-up to the previous site, however ExpatJobseeker.de seems to be much broader and less focussed on IT jobs. This site features some of their own postings as well as jobs advertised by the jobs search engine Indeed. Clicking on the Companies tab gives a cool opportunity to find out who has advertised English speaking jobs with them in the past. Those of you with your hustle mode on could contact these companies directly and ask if there are upcoming vacancies.
Advertising itself as Germany’s news in English, The Local is first and foremost a news site for expats, with its sister site Toytown Germany also providing an expat forum. The Local also has an English jobs section, although this is a search-bot function which gathers job descriptions from other sites which are posted in English, rather than original content. It is easy and user-friendly but it may well be that you’ve already come across the job in question on another site.
The JobsIn family of sites offer job postings in English for several German cities. Each one has its own unique URL. Here are the links for Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Leipzig. This site is a search algorithm of jobs which have been advertised on other sites, pulled together into one place.
LinkedIn is a useful tool in Germany because it also has a strong, domestic competitor called Xing. What this means in practical terms for the jobseeker is that LinkedIn jobs tend to be more scaled towards larger, international companies (although this is by no means a hard and fast rule), whereas Xing is more geared towards medium-sized, German speaking companies. However, LinkedIn is most powerful as a tool for connecting with headhunters, some of whom will be recruiting for English speaking jobs in Germany…you just have to build up a presence and increase your number of connections to link in (see what I did there?) with them.
Germany StartUp Jobs
Germany StartUp Jobs is a fairly new site which also plays predominantly in the tech / IT field but has some other job categories on there too. There is a particularly strong focus on jobs in Berlin, which isn’t surprising given that it’s mainly jobs in tech industries which are listed.
Employers will sometimes tweet links to vacancies they are struggling to fill. Because of how content on Twitter is consumed (on the fly) compared to job search websites (usually searched on a PC or laptop), I guess the psychology is that you are more likely to save it from your Twitter feed into your notes App and engage than if you were just skim-reading through hundreds of jobs on a search website. The “Advanced Search” function in Twitter is also your friend here. Whilst on the subject of Twitter, if you haven’t already, I would be grateful if you take a minute to follow @liveworkgermany.
The two biggest in terms of job postings are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (or FAZ for short) and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, published in Munich. The Berliner Morgenpost is also useful for Berlin and surrounding area. Again, these are aimed at fluent German speakers but there is the occasional diamond to be found in there.
If there’s a particular site or means which you feel I have missed out, as always please drop me a line and I will be happy to update the article to help more people find a rewarding job.