5 Factors for getting a job in Germany

Updated: Oct 1

Like the most pressing questions, there is, unfortunately, no simple answer for this one too

It depends on the following factors:

1. Your domain

Every domain has a different period in the cycle of demand and supply. In the past, core engineering segments such as Mechanical and Electrical were in extremely high demand. Due to the shift and digitization and applications of digital technologies such as IoT, Robotics, AI, ML, and Data Science across all sectors, the current focus is on IT-related disciplines. Other core disciplines such as electrical/electronics and their specializations are equally high in demand.

Core discipline such as Mechanical is perhaps in the most challenging phase in the history of Germany, which implies that an upgrade for Mechanical engineers in interdisciplinary areas such as Mechatronics, Industry 4.0, IoT, Renewables, etc. is highly recommended.

In business fields, Germany is slowly developing into an international hub due to the growth of the domestic startup ecosystem and traditional companies understanding the need to become more internationally oriented in a globally connected world.

2. Your competencies

At the end of the day, the job is given to any person who generates value for the company. Value is measured in simple monetary terms - meaning that if your salary is X, the company expects you to generate a value of 4-5X visible to its bottom line.

This can only be done if you fit the needs of the company. Hence, you as a candidate, need to have sufficient skills in form of hard skills such as proficiency with software, tools, programs, techniques, etc. which are relevant for the role you are targeting, along with soft skills such as necessary maturity, communication and personal values and principles which align with the company.

For example - if applying to be a Project Manager - you need to be proficient in Project Management approaches (not all!) such as KANBAN, ERP, Scrum, Agile, and Lean while possessing the necessary personality traits such as structured thinking, clear communication, efficient work ethic, etc.

3. Your application documents

The application documents represent you. They tell your story to someone who has no idea about you or your capabilities and motivation. Hence they need to do the job effectively. Since the HR spends less than 2 seconds on the CV, think about what aspect of your CV should be grabbing their attention for these two seconds, to make them want to see more.

Simple trick: Profile summary which includes all buzzwords

4. German language proficiency

When in Rome, do as the Romans do - which is speak Roman! Similarly, German is highly highly recommended in Germany. Speaking it fluently will ease up a lot of things and present you with a multitude of opportunities that you would not otherwise have been considered for!

So if you are considering coming over and spending your life in Germany - why not commit to it and make the most of it?

German becomes extremely important in all roles where communication is required. There are about only 10% of companies (extremely international biggies) that have English as the official language. For the bulk of the rest, where so many unexplored opportunities lie, the German language will be a super plus!

5. Luck

COVID is bad luck for some and good luck for others

Bad luck to those whose job offers got canceled because of budget cuts.

Good luck to those who got the chance at remote jobs, which they would not have had earlier!

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