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Looking for a job

There are a lot of different ways of finding a job. Many employers use the local employment agencies and job centres to look for new staff to fill vacancies.

There are a variety of job portals on the Internet which help you to look for jobs to suit your qualifications and/or in a specific region (for instnace the jobs exchange of the Federal Employment Agency). Some websites will notify you by e-mail if there are new vacancies for the occupation that you are looking for.

In addition you can find out about job vacancies in companies in your region by consulting the companies’ websites. You will find the job advertisements listed under "Jobs" or "Karriere".

You will also find a lot of job advertisements in newspapers. Jobs are mostly advertised in the Wednesday and Saturday editions.

Hervorhebung_Quelle: Newspapers with job ads

These newspapers/brochures provide a large nationwide job market:

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Frankfurter Rundschau
  • Die Zeit

Another possibility for finding a job is to place an advertisement of your own in the "Situations wanted" section of a newspaper, or to draw up a profile of yourself on a job portal on the Internet. This enables you to present your skills and qualifications and describe the type of work you are looking for. Approach potential employers directly and talk to them face-to-face.

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Caution: There are sometimes unreliable advertisements on the Internet or in daily newspapers (e.g. for working from home). You should therefore make detailed enquiries about the kind of work involved before signing any contract.

Looking for an apprenticeship

If you would like to start a vocational training course, you can obtain more information about the different types of vocational training in the careers information centres (BIZ) at the employment agencies (Agenturen für Arbeit).

On the Internet there are also training exchanges run by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer) and the Chambers of Trade (Handwerkskammer) that can also help you to find an apprenticeship position.

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Please bear in mind that it is often necessary to apply for a training place a year before the training course is due to start. If for example you would like to begin training in September 2016, you must start looking for a training institution by summer 2015 at the latest.

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You can find out further information about local services in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • the employment agency
Date 17 December 2015

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