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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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