Excerpted from the Germany Career Guide
Germany’s workforce profile is changing. Of Germany’s more than 82 million inhabitants, approximately 20 percent have roots outside of the country. About eight million of these possess a German passport, and seven million have foreign citizenship. The largest groups of immigrants include Turks, Greeks, Italians, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Croats and Spaniards. Approximately one-third of all foreigners living in Germany come from a member state of the European Union.
Online Job Sites
JobPilot.de, part of the Monster Network, is one of the largest German job search websites. Its services are comprehensive and easy to navigate. JobPilot supports searching by type of employment, region, ad language and type of job. After registering, jobseekers can use an email service that finds appropriate jobs using specialized search criteria. In addition, JobPilot offers valuable information concerning legal issues, direct links to a large number of German companies and a coaching service. This website may be helpful to students looking for internships, part-time jobs or a company that will provide a thesis topic. It is in German, but it does provide an option to search for advertisements posted in languages other than German.
Government Employment Resources
Bundesagentur für Arbeit
German Federal Labor Office
http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/ (German, some pages in English and French)
The German Federal Labor Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) is the public employment bureau. Its online services include job listings, résumé/CV postings and employment market statistics. This website is particularly helpful for gathering legal information on working in Germany.
In Germany, internships are common practice for students in all levels of education. Starting as early as high school, internships offer an effective way for companies to locate and train motivated students to fill immediate needs, as well as create a pipeline of talent for the future work force.
Praktikant24 is an initiative of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Its website offers assistance in identifying suitable companies, and helps students search for and find internships. It offers comprehensive information on the different kinds of internships in Germany, as well as tips on preparation and practical and legal aspects.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Adecco is one of the top temporary help firms in Germany. More than 250 different job types are offered. Adecco employs students, part-timers, laborers, graduates and experts. Anyone looking for a job and willing to show flexibility can apply for a job. Adecco has offices in all major German cities.
Niederkasseler Lohweg 18
Tel: +49 (0)211 301 40 0
Fax: +49 (0)211 301 40 100
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Heidrick and Struggles
One of the largest executive search firms in Germany, Heidrick and Struggles has offices in four major German cities. In addition to placing senior managers in a wide range of industries, Heidrick and Struggles has recently started to place middle managers as well. Contact information for offices in Germany is available from the home page, listed above.
Heidrick and Struggles Düsseldorf
Sky Office, Kennedydamm 24
Tel: +49 (0)211 82 82 0
Fax: +49 (0)211 59 16 27
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
FAZ is the newspaper of choice for most companies seeking employees with higher education. It is a national daily newspaper, published Monday through Saturday. It is also available abroad. The Saturday edition contains job advertisements. The online postings are accessible on Mondays beginning at 6 am; job postings remain online for three weeks.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH
D-60327 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0)69 7591 3400
Fax: +49 (0)69 7591 3409
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Germany Guide.