My job search

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.

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  1. So sorry to hear that. I know how you feel. I don’t want to discourage you but looking for a job is not easy in German, especially for foreigner and at manager position. According to EU law, if a company want to hire a foreigner, it has to somehow prove that this individual is irreplaceable by an EU citizen. In other words, it means you have to be extremely good. Connection or Vitamin B (B is for Beziehung) is also very important in Germany. You have a good connection, you will get the job. I wish you a lot of luck 😉

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      1. Definitively! A good way to build connection is visiting those Job Fair or charity events of some big company. I have also heard that LinkedIn and Xing is also a good way. I have never tried though 🙂

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