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Going to work in Germany: how to succeed in your project thanks to Pôle emploi?

A dynamic job market, an excellent quality of life, comfortable salaries… 1st economic power in the European Union and 4th in the world, Germany is an attractive destination in many respects and a rich pool of professional opportunities for candidates from all walks of life.

Are you considering going to work across the Rhine?

Members of the EURES network and Pôle emploi will provide you with sound advice on how to carry out your professional mobility project in Germany. How is the job market in Germany at the moment?

Nathalie Rivault, EURES coordinator for Germany: The German labor market is extremely dynamic and has not been so demanding for a long time, despite the health crisis.

Currently, Germany needs, on average, 400,000 additional workers per year to meet company demands. In addition, the unemployment rate has not been this low for twenty years. Among young people, it is about 4%.

Germany thus offers numerous job opportunities for all levels of qualifications and experience.

What are the growth sectors and the most dynamic regions in Germany?

NR: Among the sectors that recruit the most in Germany, we can mention in particular:

  • health ;
  • logistics and transport;
  • Restoration ;
  • building and construction;
  • IT (information technology) and in particular the security of information systems;
  • education.

Among the most dynamic cities and regions are: Bavaria; the region of Baden-Württemberg; Rhineland-Westphalia; Hamburg and Berlin.

Since Tesla established one of its subsidiaries in Brandenburg, this region has also become an important new employment area. Finally, eastern and northern Germany are very demanding in the tourism sector.

Why choose Germany as a destination for professional mobility?

NR: One of Germany’s greatest strengths is the level of wages, which is higher than in France. As the tax rate is also lower, income is therefore higher overall.

Employees also benefit from very good social coverage, access to high-quality social benefits and numerous holidays. In addition, most employment contracts are for an indefinite period. So there is great job security. Employees’ rights are also closely monitored and closely defended by staff representation services.

Germany also offers very good school systems for expatriate families with many international schools and even, in some cities, Franco-German schools.

In addition, in Germany, we attach great importance to environmental issues and respect for nature. German cities are therefore very green and have, for example, many cycle paths.

How to use the EURES network and Pôle emploi tools to facilitate your professional mobility project in Germany?

Nicolas Simon, Head of the International Services Department at Pôle Emploi and Head of the EURES National Coordination Office: Traditionally, the Franco-German axis is very symbolic in Europe. With the EURES services in France and Germany, we have this common desire to form a particularly active pair.

The first reflex to have as a candidate for professional mobility in Germany is to use the tools offered by EURES, and in particular the EURES internet portal which brings together many job offers in the country. Germany is indeed the largest provider of job offers on this portal.

To go further, it is possible to ask to be accompanied by the International Mobility teams of Pôle emploi. The adviser will help the candidate to identify the offers adapted to his profile on the EURES portal and will offer him tools to prepare his project in Germany:

  • useful resources and information to better understand the specificities of the German labor market.
  • online thematic workshops : “How to apply in Germany? » ; « How to write your CV in German? “, etc.
  • the Emploi Store platform, with, among other things, interview simulators in German.

In addition, we have recently implemented a new system: once the candidate’s project has been validated by the teams, we send their application to the German EURES advisers, who will identify interested employers on site.

This is part of the means deployed to allow a French candidate to work in Germany in the best conditions.

In the Grand-Est region, bordering Germany, we also have Pôle Emploi teams specialized in supporting job seekers wishing to work in Germany as a cross-border worker.

Tens of thousands of French people cross the border every day to work in Germany, while continuing to reside in France.

You should also know that the retirement age is much higher in Germany than in France. The German labor market thus welcomes many workers aged 45-50.

Professional mobility in Germany is therefore truly aimed at everyone, both junior and more experienced profiles.

What are the special features of the recruitment process in Germany?

Nathalie Rivault: German employers expect short and precise cover letters. You must therefore succeed in pitching your motivation and skills in a very concise way, in writing.

During the job interview, it is very important to remain authentic. Do not oversell your skills. It is also completely normal to also talk about one’s weaknesses. This is something that recruiters expect during an interview.

In addition, you should know that German employers will always ask for proof of what is being said. For example, if one praises his ability to make decisions or work in a team, the recruiter will ask for examples of real-life situations that illustrate these skills.

Do you have to speak German to work in Germany?

Nathalie Rivault: It depends on the profession concerned. In general, the German job market is so demanding that employers are increasingly accepting candidates who can speak no or very little German. We also offer French candidates mobility assistance to enable them to take German courses in France.

Mastering the language is therefore not an obstacle to employment, even if it obviously facilitates cultural integration.

Do you have some success stories to tell us?

Nicholas Simon: I remember a beautiful story. In 2020, we supported a job seeker, Sarah, looking for a position in Germany.

Despite the context of the health crisis, our teams were able to support her effectively in her project and she quickly found a position as a recruitment officer in Berlin. Today, we are still in contact with her and we collaborate regularly in the context of our mutual recruitment needs.

More recently, we also accompanied a young graduate, Julia, candidate for professional mobility in Germany.

All of the Pôle emploi tools were mobilized as part of its project. We helped her rework her CV, we organized job interview simulations in German with German-speaking advisers… We also mobilized TMS mobility aids, to provide her with financial support in her move.

All these actions allowed him to land a position as Student’s advisor at the International University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Do you want to work in Germany?

To find out more, visit:

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Pôle emploi’s International Mobility Facebook page

Make it in Germany

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