How much your skills are in demand in Germany. How to find employers using English language. This is PART 2 – The PART 1 is here
How to find open positions for internships or work in Germany? How to filter the results by skills, language requirements and geographical location? How to contact an employer directly? If you are interested in these questions, you’ve come to the right place.
In Part 1 I’ve described the search engine of the Federal Employment Agency Arbeitsagentur – largest job search portal in Germany. In the end I proposed to enter your skills and check how many open positions were available. I also did that. In my search I was using 16 keywords.
I have always entered one keyword per search. Word combinations such as software engineer were considered to be one keyword. I’ve used English and German terms – job titles, specializations and programming languages (programmer, backend, Java etc.). The search ran nationwide and without time filter.
You can see the results of my search on the illustration 1 (above). In the left column there are numbers of open positions for internships, and in the right column for the jobs.
I have decided to make up an experiment – to ask if the employers were willing to hire foreign programmers without German language skills. The number of internship positions (116) was much smaller than the number of jobs (3874). So I decided to ask for internships. I sent exactly 100 requests. I decided to wait for three weeks, then count and evaluate the results.
Most of the companies that have published “wanted” job advertisements were small and unknown. However, there were some well-known names too – Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, Continental. I have tried to structure my requests – not to write to the same company twice and avoid mediators, at least those who were obviously recruiting ventures. My main interest was the reaction of employers to my requests.
Before explaining how to get to employers, let’s do the super fast 1-minute crash course of the German language. Just 10 words, which are enough to find employers’ contacts in a relaxed way.
ab sofort – as of now, anytime
Arbeitgeber – employer
Eintrittstermin – starting date
Entwickler – developer (Entwicklung – development)
Deutschkenntnisse – German skills (gute Java-Kenntnisse – good Java skills)
Informatik – Computer Science
Informatiker – in colloquial German is an umbrella term for “IT-people”
mehr anzeigen – show more (weniger anzeigen – to hide)
Programmierer – programmer (instead of this word, in Germany they usually say Informatiker)
Veröffentlichung – publication, date of publication
Translations and explanations of other terms you’ll find in GLOSSARY.
We have a clear task – determine the shortest way to find emails of interesting offers. First, we go to the search engine of the Arbeitsagentur. Its structure was described in Part 1.
Enter one to three keywords in the box Was and click on Suchen.
On the screenshot (illustration 2) you can see the search results all over Germany. Work – 3874 open positions, Internship – 116 open positions.
Figure 1 – language menu. Get your hands off it. (If you switch on English instead of German there is a drastic decrease in search results.).
Figure 2 – Veröffentlichung 05.07.2017 – date of publication.
Figure 3 – Eintrittstermin – starting day; ab sofort – anytime.
Figure 4 – Praktikum Webentwicklung PHP in Karlsruhe – is the actual offer. Address in Karlsruhe is shown on the right. This is what important to us – Webentwicklung (English: Web-development). Campusjaeger GmbH – that is the name of the employing company. Weitere Angebote vom Arbeitgeber – other offers of that employer. MEHR ANZEIGEN – “show more”.
All you have to do here is point the cursor at the Praktikum Webentwicklung mit PHP in Karlsruhe and right click “open in the new tab”.
And you’ll be in the next tab:
You’re in the next tab. Allright. Now you want to understand – can I apply for this offer with English language skills? Or German language is a mandatory in this particular case?
Here how can you determine the language requirements:
Use Ctrl + F to enter the word deutsch. In our example above (illustration 3) as result you see: deutsch 4 of 4.
I’ve clicked through all these four places. Three times it was Deutschland and once it was Deutsche Post. Conclusion: German language is not required for this offer.
On the small screenshot (with an arrow) we see the other result. After repeating the process described above (Ctrl + F and deutsch) it showed that deutsch has appeared five times.
Look at the word Deutschkenntnisse (arrow). It means: in that company German language is required.
Look at illustration 2 again. If you click on MEHR ANZEIGEN (figure 4) you’ll get to the page shown in illustration 3. You’ll be shown the name of the director or another contact person. In this case it is Herr Matthias Geis.
Why should you search for the name? For two simple reasons. The first one – it is polite manner, you’ll get the better score in the eyes of the director or HR. The second reason is purely pragmatic – inquiries containing a personal name are opened and read more often than the inquiries with abstract “Ladies and gentlemen…”.
I always try to get the name. Although some clicks more, it’s worth of your time because of the mentioned higher responce rate. In our example there is another hint to find out the name – die email address firstname.lastname@example.org I have sent my request to the two addresses. By the way, Frau Koenig sent back a positive reply.
Now you know how to look for jobs. You know how to sort out German-speaking jobs. You know how to find the necessary contact information. You also know how to search for jobs in any geographic location.
Even if you are not looking for a job from now on, why don’t you make a little game out of it? Enter your skills and 2-4 cities and see the results. If I were you, I’d go a bit further with this little game and actually email the 20-50 of requests.
In Germany, a healthy curiosity is only welcomed. There is even a saying – Fragen kostet nichts (“There’s no harm in asking”). Who knows how your game ends, who knows, maybe you’ll get a great job offer? What do you think about a neat employment contract in a big German city?
You can start this adventure straight away. Now you know how.