Applying for a Job

 

Newspapers, the Internet and word of mouth are your three major sources for information about job openings. The local daily newspapers have longer job listings on Saturdays. The Federal Employment Agency as well as other government organizations list jobs on-line (see links).

The German resume is conservative and includes your age, marital status and a recent photo along with a complete education and work experience summary. Photocopies of educational diplomas, transcripts, letters of recommendation and anything else you think might help you land the job should also be added. The cover letter should be short and concise and provide information as to why you are qualified for the job.  The Federal Employment Agency has downloadable templates.

The job interview is formal and should be taken seriously.

Once hired, a probationary period of three to six months often exists during which time either party can cancel the working contract without negative consequences.