Finding a Job
So how do you find a job in Berlin? First of all, looking for a job is sometimes a job itself. Let us give you some tips:
How to find a job in Berlin
Berlin is where innovation meets tradition, where science and business intersect. The Berlin job scene is unique in Germany in terms of diversity. It’s where apps are programmed, flights coordinated, where international films are made, motorcycles are built and where research is conducted in the fight against cancer – the capital is the perfect location for development and production in any number of fields.
The Berlin job market
Presumably, a large number of job offers are not published. Job vacancies are often quickly filled by word of mouth via networks or “employees recruit employees” programs. Maintain your networks of fellow alumni or former colleagues! If you are looking for a job, you can make it known there, get tips from them, and let them keep an eye out for you. If you get a tip for a job vacancy from your network, including a name and an e-mail address where you can send your documents, then be brief. Don’t give your whole life story in the first e-mail.
Finding a job in Berlin
Come up with a few brief sentences. What is important is who you are, what your profession is and what kind of job you are looking for in this company. Get straight to the point and quickly state what you want (i.e., send in an application) and ask to whom you should send it. This also applies to telephone calls.
Finding a job at Berlin-based companies
Berlin has many small and medium-sized companies. The terms “small” and “medium” here refer to the number of employees. Less than 500 employees is completely typical here. 280,000 companies even have less than 250 employees. You will only find 1,000 coworkers in 100 companies.
It’s precisely small and medium-sized companies that form the backbone of Berlin’s economy. After all, it’s not for nothing that Berlin is known for its rear courtyard gems. Rear courtyard gems are companies that are world leaders in a specialized area thanks to their products and technologies.
Take a look at Berlin’s top 200 employers and where they are located in the city. Additionally, the Berliner Morgenpost collects and publishes this data in an annual special (only in German).
Finding a job at international companies in Berlin
Many major international companies may have premises in Berlin, but their headquarters with their centralized HR management could be somewhere else in Germany or in the world. HR matters, as the Berlin premises are also co-directed from there. So you should read job offers attentively. Often Berlin is listed as a location in addition to other cities and there is no Berlin address or contact person in the city.
Search the capital region on the Berlin Partner job portal using the main keywords of your desired job, such as sales, optics, electronics, 3D, consulting, etc. Even if your dream job doesn’t come up immediately, this will allow you to learn the names of Berlin companies. If a company appeals to you, keep an eye on it.
Recognition of foreign professional qualifications
In Germany, a distinction is made between regulated and non-regulated professions. In the regulated professions, accreditation of your professional qualifications is mandatory in order for you to practice your profession or use a professional title. Among others, this applies to physicians, nurses, other medical personnel, lawyers and judges, teachers and educators, pre-school staff and in some cases engineers. If you are moving to Berlin from abroad, find out in advance whether your profession is recognized in Germany or which German degree is equivalent to yours. Further information based on the professions mentioned above can be found here.
Where to look
“Talent-Berlin” operates its own job portal especially for jobs in Berlin. This should be your first move.
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