Have you been struggling with finding a job in Germany? Despite being highly qualified and having relevant work experience?
It’s a common problem, and you’re certainly not alone. Indeed, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. And it’s tougher if you don’t speak German and are not an EU citizen.
But don’t despair…it’s definitely still possible. There could be one, relatively simple thing to change which will propel you on your way to greater success. There’s most likely nothing wrong with you or your prior professional experience.
The magic ingredient to succeed finding a job in Germany
It could well be your mindset that’s holding you and your application back.
Keep reading and find out whether a change of perspective could propel your strategy to ultimate success!
Also definitely check out the job search function as a starting point for your search!
Hiring you means more bureaucracy for your employer vs. hiring a European
For an employer to hire a non-EU citizen, they typically have to jump through more hoops than the straightforward process of hiring a German or EU national.
Are you maybe approaching your job search from a position of entitlement? If you have a Masters degree and relevant experience in your field then it doesn’t necessarily mean that somebody should automatically see the light and hire you.
The German jobs market doesn’t work like that.
You’re the candidate. You need to have some hustle and a strategy.
Think of yourself as a salesperson and not a beggar. The two vital skills of a salesperson are:
1- Knowing what his/her customer wants; i.e. the hiring manager is your customer in any job search
2- Having the influence and persuasion skills to convince them that you’re the person who can give them what they want
Sure, in some professions it’s much easier than others to get hired, but it still doesn’t mean you can waltz into a job with no clear strategy behind your applications.
What’s your USP?
Because you need one. (USP = unique selling point)
Why are you better qualified or more employable than an EU citizen? The harsh reality is that an employer will usually only consider hiring you if he’s struggling to find suitable German or EU candidates.
They’re not being racist or discriminatory. It’s the law. Employers must give preference to German candidates or those from the European Union (EU).
However, there is an exception. For positions where they are struggling to find local candidates, they can hire non-EU nationals as long as the employer can demonstrate that the pay and conditions are equivalent to those of an EU or German employee.
This new change to the immigration law has been in place since March 2020.