Expat Jobs in Germany


September 14, 2016

Expat Jobs in Germany Tips: Josh, a British Expat

Josh reveals how he found a  job in Germany in the following video. Check it out.

Video transcription

Hi my name is Josh. I’m a British expat living in Berlin, Germany. I’m currently working as an SEO Analyst. I’ve been here for four years and it’s great.

What brought me to Germany

I met my girlfriend, who is from Berlin, in England when I was at university. Then I finished university and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I wanted to find somewhere that I was guaranteed to get a bit of work, and somewhere that was relaxed and I could still live a little bit like I lived at university. There wasn’t much work back home so I thought, “let’s try it.”

I came here, I applied for a couple internships, still not really knowing what I wanted to do. I got an internship, I learned a little bit about SEO and I have been doing SEO for about 3 and 1/2 years and it’s really worked out well so far.

My experience searching for a job in Germany

So I was already in Berlin and a lot of people told me that there is a lot of startup jobs out there, you just need to get your CV out there. Most people come with a core skill based on their last university degree, but most of the jobs are very generalist jobs, so I applied for everything that had anything to do with writing, not knowing what SEO meant or what it was all about, but it asked for someone with writing experience. And eventually after three or four interviews I got this job, my first internship.

My #1 tip for expat jobseekers in Germany

Josh, a British expat in Germany

My one tip for finding work would be, compared to back home, a lot of the positions here, especially the startup positions, are very generalist, so don’t be put off by the job description. I don’t think the job descriptions they write over here are often the best, so usually you should apply for things that sound very similar to what you are interested in, go to the interview, get a bit of interview experience and you’ll find that actually the job is not exactly how it was in the job description and maybe you get a bit of luck doing it that way. In the UK sometimes you only apply for certain fields, but here the jobs
are a lot more generalist and I think you’ve got a better chance by applying for as many things as you can.

One last good thing for Brits coming to Berlin is the prices to go and watch the football here are so much more cheaper. Usually when you go and watch a game of football here you pay around about 12 euros or 15 pounds compared to the astronomical prices back home. And although the quality of football is not as good, they definitely match and probably beat our atmospheres, so definitely check that out, even if you are not staying in Berlin, have a go and watch German football, it’s the best.

If you’re looking for jobs in Berlin, the first place you should check out is expatjobseeker.de. It’s sound.


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