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Searching for job opportunities

There are various ways to search for positions in Germany.
The most popular option is to register and apply directly on the relevant company’s website.
The second option is to make use of job sites or employment agencies.

For each application, you will have to submit your CV or resume, a cover letter, proof of education and any testimonials.
Vocational qualifications can be certified to assist in the process. See the section on Recognition of Studies
You also need to apply for the correct Visas/Residence Permits.

Residence in Germany

A Visa allows you to enter Germany, and stay for no more than 90 days in a 180-day cycle.If you want to stay in Germany

List of Long Stay Visas

Long Term visas are seen as visits longer than 90 days and will typically be for work or study visits. If your application is approved,

Company Websites


If you are interested in working for a startup company, you can find a list here
Some interesting ones are:

Job search sites

Our Job exchange board

We created a job board where our community members can share workplace opportunities with us. 
You can find some great options here 

Various positions

Natalie shared the following job openings with us They are in various locations, and mostly in IT, Finance and HR Berlin (DE): Senior Software Engineer


We are a market-leading solar technology manufacturer with colleagues all over Germany. We are looking for a wide range of skills – also unsolicited applications.

Specific Professions

Information Techonogy





Best companies to work for

These sites have the latest ratings

Salary comparison

You can find a comparison of salaries on the Gehalt website

Resources on the web


CV Der Lebenslauf
Cover Letter Das Anschreiben
Testimonial Das Zeugnis
Recognition Die Anerkennung
Interview Das Bewerbungsgespräch / Vorstellungsgespräch
Study curriculum Das Studium
Degree Der Abschluss
e.g Bachelor Degree is Der Bachelorabschluss
Matric / Grade 12 / High 
School graduation / A Levels
Das Abitur

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