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21.09.2017

Finding a Job

In Berlin are apps programmed, flights coordinated, international films made, motorcycles built and studys conducted to fight cancer – the capital is the perfect location for development and production in various fields. It's where innovation meets tradition, where science and business intersect. The Berlin job scene is unique in Germany in terms of diversity. Looking for a job however, is sometimes a job itself. Here are some helpful tips.

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. Come up with a few sentences: What is important to know about you, what is your professional background 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. Also take a look at Berlin’s top 200 employers and where they are located in the city. 

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.

If your are looking for further information regarding application guidelines, work visa and services for new Berliners, check out the Talent Berlin Website.


Header image: Berlin Partner

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21.09.2017

Finding a Job

In Berlin are apps programmed, flights coordinated, international films made, motorcycles built and studys conducted to fight cancer – the capital is the perfect location for development and production in various fields. It's where innovation meets tradition, where science and business intersect. The Berlin job scene is unique in Germany in terms of diversity. Looking for a job however, is sometimes a job itself. Here are some helpful tips.

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. Come up with a few sentences: What is important to know about you, what is your professional background 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. Also take a look at Berlin’s top 200 employers and where they are located in the city. 

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.

If your are looking for further information regarding application guidelines, work visa and services for new Berliners, check out the Talent Berlin Website.


Header image: Berlin Partner

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Welcome to Berlin – the buzzing city at the heart of Europe! Berlin attracts businesses and startups from every industry. Science, research, and creative industries also love Berlin. True innovators love living and working in Berlin, as the conditions for setting up a company in the city are outstanding.

Infrastructure

Berlin offers the ideal infrastructure for setting up a company. The city’s airports make it quick and easy to reach from all over Europe, and its public transport network is extensive. Office space is also plentiful. Few cities have as many co-working spaces as Berlin. Although rents are rising, they are still lower than in most other European capitals.

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Innovative industries

In Berlin, you can build a network and discover businesses in all the key innovative industries, including high tech, healthcare, life sciences, service economy, mobility, and logistics. Berlin startups such as Zalando, DaWanda, and ImmobilienScout24 are influencers in the German market, and venture builders like Rocket Internet and Project A are also located in Berlin. There is potential for fruitful partnerships with research facilities and other companies in Berlin. Feel the spirit of entrepreneurship in Berlin!

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Berlin is the main capital for researchers and scientists in Europe. You’ll find research on the hot topics in fields like bio technology, medicine, communication technology, mobility and transport and more.

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Finally, the large pool of highly skilled specialists from all over the world is a key reason to start up a company in Berlin. Thanks to its relatively low cost of living and vibrant cultural life, Berlin attracts many highly talented people, which also benefits businesses located in the city.

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A growing German economy – good times for entrepreneurs and investors

The GDP is rising and unemployment is low. Consumers are spending more. It's a great time for investments and market entry in Germany. Reason-Why.Berlin offers useful background information on the German economy.