EMP#05 - How to find a job in Germany from India? - Immigrate To Germany from India

Monday, 18 June 2018

EMP#05 - How to find a job in Germany from India?

You have now created a cover letter, multiple resumes & booked a VISA appointment in advance. Now, you have roughly 2 - 2.5 months to find a job.
Before you start looking for jobs, I would recommend you to at least know basic German. While it is not mandatory for a lot of jobs (especially IT related fields), it may be required for some of you. Either case, its good to know basic German to survive in the country. You could take on some YouTube lessons or enroll in German - A1 course in some institute. Two months should be enough for getting the hang of A1 level German.

Let's come right to the point of finding jobs. While there are many job portals, you need not use all of them. There are three ways by which you can search for a job and apply for them

1. LinkedIn: If you are in IT, this is definitely for you. If you don't have an account on LinkedIn yet, create one. Add all the details, experience, achievements, certifications etc. Ask some of your colleagues to write a recommendation for you. Once this is done, you can now begin. Please make sure your profile is complete and impressive as your profile will make an impression of you in the job-hunting arena:

  1. Click on the top search bar and from the automated dropdown click "Jobs"
  2. Now, a new page will open with two text boxes. Once for the keywords and other for the location. Firstly, set the location as "Germany". Next, put-in your job-related keyword (e.g. Java Developer).
  3. Now, you will see a list of a lot of jobs. Start applying to whichever fits your needs. Some may be applied directly from LinkedIn, others may redirect you to other websites. Make it a point to apply in both the cases.
  4. If you are serious, you have do spend time on this and do it everyday until you get interviews.

2. Company Websites: Another effective way of finding a job in your field is to by research. For example, you could google up some companies which work in your domain and apply directly on their websites. Most websites have a Careers OR Work With Us OR Jobs section. Go there, find a job that suits you and apply for it.
Let's take an example: You are a Java Developer with specialization in eCommerce. You can search for various eCommerce websites which operate in Germany. You have to open their websites, find a careers/jobs section and search if they are hiring. If they are, then apply for the job. SAP, Amazon, Microsoft are some of the companies which hire from their own websites. This way is very effective. DO NOT miss this out.

3. JOB Portals: Job portals are meant for finding jobs, so why not give them a try. While there are many job portals, popular ones are monster.de, berlinstartupjobs.com, stepstone.de and many more. I would suggest you to limit yourself to these three ONLY, otherwise you will receive a lot of spam on your email.

Finding a job takes time, energy and a lot of patience. Do not get disheartened if you do not get a reply OR receive a negative reply. Keep on applying everyday at least for 1-2 hours a day. I got a lot of negative replies and in some cases no replies at all! But then, I did not stop applying and finally I started to get some response. I received around 5-6 interview calls while applying only for 1 month, and cracked interviews for 3 of them. 

Another point to be noted here is that you have to be very well prepared for the interviews. Do not apply for jobs if you are not prepared for the Interviews. They are hard to get and you have to make sure you give your best while interacting with your interviewers.

I would also like to come back to the point that it will add a lot of weight to your application if have at least B1 level of German. The response rate of the recruiters would increase dramatically. I would suggest you again, to enroll in a language course to at least get you started. Learning German in India is much cheaper than in Germany itself.

I hope you take these pointers to apply for jobs and I wish you all the best in your job-hunting. Once you are done with your job hunting and have some offers in your hand, you will have to start preparing documents for your VISA appointment. Let's read on in the next article on what all do you need and how to fill your forms!


  1. Hi, Monis, based on your experience, will this be applicable for management related jobs also ? We spoke in FB on this. :) Thanks, nicely written.

    1. I think that should work. You have the largest platform LinkedIn at your fingertips. Use that and do your research about the market you are into!

  2. What about Sales and Marketing professionals?

    1. Do a market research on what exactly is the demand of marketing professionals. I don't think there is a shortage of Marketing people here as most of the people from Marketing field are from EU. But you have to do your own research on this one.

  3. With Diploma and Post Diploma in Plastic Mould making and Design technology can I apply for Job seekers visa