As I explained in my previous post I realised I needed to have an advanced or semi-perfect command of German. At least according to the dreadful advisor.
Because of this, I decided to not look for jobs as that would require a lot of time. Instead, I focused on learning German. Having the C1 level (very advanced command of the language) I began my search. To look for a job became a job in itself. It was not just about finding the right job advertisements but for each one I had to write a tailor-made cover letter and adapt my resume and attach reference letters, copies of diplomas and so on (this is how it is like in Germany!!!!). In many cases, I also had to fill in lengthy questionnaires and/or formularies.
In a period of three months, I applied to 66 jobs, ranging from Manager positions (which is what I am qualified for) to Internships (because, well, I really wanted to enter the market in any possible way).
I got only 3 shots. One of the interested companies was Bertelsmann, a big media consortium. It was for an internship position. I didn’t pass the first round. The other two were for a Specialist and Manager position. The first for Johnson Controls and the second for an e-commerce start-up called foodpanda. In both cases I passed the Human Resources round and got to be interviewed by the Division Managers but unfortunately they both chose other people.
It was exciting to be called and interviewed, it made my hopes go up and gave me energies to continue looking for a job. When I got the rejections, however, I felt devastated. Did I have to go through another 66 applications just to get 3 shots at it???
It was time to move on.