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Job Resources
Searching online job sites is the most efficient and comprehensive way to begin a job search in Germany from abroad.
Employment Trends
Germany is on a hiring spree and facing a shortage of skilled workers. Immigrant workers are welcomed, especially from EU countries.
Information Technology
The IT industry in Germany has rebounded from the global recession and is once again driving the economy.
Engineering
Germany is experiencing a major skilled labor shortage and engineers are at the top of the list of desired employees.
Accounting and Finance
German banks have a pessimistic view of the financial market due to the continued sovereign debt crisis and slowing domestic growth.
Top Companies
The following list represents companies reporting the largest assets/revenues in the country. More than 400,000 additional corporate profiles can be found in Going Global's Employer Directory.
Financial Considerations
The cost of living in Germany is roughly on a par with much of the rest of Western Europe.
Work Permits/Visas
Germany is a member of the 15-nation Schengen region, which allows travelers to receive one visa for travel to all member countries.
Resume/CVs
Written applications usually consist of a cover letter, a CV with a photograph, and copies of written references, certificates and proof of work experience.
Interviewing Advice
Although business can be conducted in English, most companies will prefer that applicants speak at least some German.
Cultural Advice
The German communication style is very direct and can appear aggressive to some cultures. Punctuality is of utmost importance in business environments.
Business and Networking
There are many professional, business and social networking groups in Germany.
General Business - Sales & Marketing
Most workers are employed by small-to-medium companies, where prospects are good.
Automotive Industry
Germany has the largest automotive market in Europe and approximately 723,000 Germans work in the industry.
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