Jaroslav Plotnikov


IT Work in Germany


IT Work in Germany: TABU & Mistakes in GERMAN Resume
Which details are not allowed in German job application

IT Work in Germany: ARBEITSVERTRAG – 7 things to check first of all
You should check the following sections in your employment contract before signing it

IT Work in Germany: Frequent questions of the HR Managers
Most job vacancy interviews in Germany are predictable. Most of the questions asked are generally known and can be researched

IT Job Searching in Germany: how to write COVER LETTER – PART 1
In the part 1 you learn about the design: fonts, date, contact info, subject, title

IT Work in Germany: your TEXT in COVER LETTER – PART 2
The Part 2 deals with the content of the cover letter, its components

IT Work in Germany: American CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
US chronological resume – recommended if you are not a beginner & longer work experience available

IT Work in Germany – American FUNCTION / SKILLS RESUME
How to present your CV in the best way if you have a short work experience? The answer: Skills resume

The check list for your CV
If you submit a German CV, you immediately attract attention.The check list for your CV

Arbeitsagentur – Federal Employment Office- how to search for IT-jobs
Within 59 seconds you can find exact numbers of open job positions in Germany

 Arbeitsagentur – 2 – How to find employers for IT-Jobs
How much your skills are in demand in Germany. Find employers using English language

High-demand occupations in Germany – IT branch
For an IT-professionals and other skilled migrants it’s getting easier to stay in Germany even if you don’t speak German


IT Freelance / Selfemployment in Germany

IT Freelance in Germany: Registration in ELSTER
Since the 2017 the electronic data entry became a mandatory. In this article you learn the very first step – to sign up

IT Freelance in Germany: Registration in ELSTER – Part 2
Now the activation code has arrived by regular mail. This article tells you how I completed the registration

IT Freelance in Germany: 8 steps of your business
You would like to run a small freelancer business and live in Germany or other EU countries? You need only 8 steps for it

IT-Freelance in Germany – 3 major taxes – #1 VAT
In this article: Value added tax, turnover tax and input tax. How to get this paid 19% back?

IT-Freelance in Germany – 3 main tax types – #2 EINKOMMENSTEUER – INCOME TAX
In this article: Income tax, basic allowance, difference profit – turnover

IT Freelance in Germany: FREELANCER vs TRADER
Freelancers, trader and sole proprietors – what is the difference?

Etiquette of correspondence with German officials – 1 – Request at Finanzamt
How to write a short official email request in German or English

How to start IT-freelance if you already work in Germany – 3 very first steps
You have already come to Germany, work in the IT industry and would like to try out freelance. The question is – how do I start?

IT Freelance in Germany: Who is a Small Business Owner (Kleinunternehmer)?
Kleinunternehmer Regelung (Small business regulation, “micro-business”) – how to register it, advantages & disadvantages


German taxes and red tape

Steuer-ID or Steueridentifikationsnummer – what is that? How do I find it out?

Don’t misunderstand your Steuer-ID with the Tax Number. All useful information you’ll find here

Etiquette of correspondence with German officials – 1 – Request at Finanzamt
How to write a short official email request in German or Englis


Lifehacks in Germany 

How I furnished my room – for €37,89 all inclusive

I only spent €37.89 for sofa, bed, desk, two small and one large wardrobe. Delivery included. How was that possible?

Western Union – excellent service for a ridiculous price
I hated and ignored Western Union – due to its prices. In 2015 my opinion changed to 180°

Test your German in 20 minutes by Goethe-Institut

Within 20 to 30 minutes you can roughly estimate your German level

Wohnungsgeberbestätigung – Landlord’s confirmation for subtenants – howto fill in
To be sure that you fill in everything correctly, let’s take a step-by-step approach

A receipt makes your cash-payment safe. How to fill out the Quittung
Paying rent or deposit in cash – ALWAYS ask for the receipt. Always  

How to find a flat – Search-Ad Tutorial. Portal WG-Gesucht
Don’t let the name confuse you. There are not only shared flats (WG), but also a great number of apartments

10 central districts of Berlin to live in 
Brief information about 10 central districts of Berlin

How to fill out the sublease contract for your flat (Untermietvertrag)
Even if your main tenant or someone else fills out the subletting contract, isn’t it clever to know exactly what you are signing?

Anmeldung, amtliche Meldebestätigung, erweiterte Meldebescheinigung, polizeiliche Meldebescheinigung
In 5 minutes you will understand the differences – explained quick and easy

Nach Ermessen – how this bureaucratic phenomenon can work for you?
Why German officials sometimes make confessions and show goodwill

Kulanz – what this? And why do they do it?
In the German business, particularly in the customer service sector, you can experience some situations of “spontaneous” generosity and “human relationship”

Let the landlord offer you the apartment – Experience of a foreigner in finding accommodation in Berlin – PART 1
Advertise a request and wait until they contact you? Isn’t it better to answer ads yourself?

Let the landlord offer you the apartment – Experience of a foreigner in finding accommodation in Berlin – PART 2
The wanted advertisements have proved to be the only effective strategy. At least for me. How I came to this realization? Answers here