How to apply for a job in Germany in 2022? This is our free guide for you! (2023)

How to apply for a job in Germany in 2022? This is our free guide for you! (1)

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You are a foreigner (not from an EU country) and you would like to work in Germany? You do not know yet for which job you would like to apply? No problem: Here comes our free guide on everything you need to know on how to apply for a job in Germany.

Questions and answers on how to apply for a job in Germany

  1. Can I get a job in Germany without speaking German?

    Yes. You may start in IT or any other highly qualified position with an EU Blue Card. If you are a career starter you may start as an Au pair, in an FSJ program or with a temporary student job (work and travel). You may also start to study an English-run subject in Germany, work besides your studies and take over a full position as soon as you have finished your studies. Your individual opportunities depend from several factors however.

  2. How to prepare a CV for a job in Germany?

    When you apply for a job in Germany we recommend to use the Europass format: a standardized format developed by the European Union. This free template helps you to fill in all the required data. The challenge of using your own format is the risk of missing information (e.g. country of birth, day of birth, education etc.) which could be disadvantageous in the application process. By our experience German employers first of all want to get all required information about an applicant in the first row. Outstanding individually prepared CVs are also okay, but only if they include all information about a candidate.

  3. Should I use a photo in a CV when I apply for a job in Germany?

    When you apply for a job in Germany you may wonder whether to use a photo on the CV. Photos are not legally required nor can they be demanded. However in Germany there is still the tradition to use photos: Employers just want to get a personal impression of applicants often.


  4. Which documents are required when applying in Germany?

    Besides your CV in Europass format employers usually want to see: A German language certificate (indicating the Common reference levels), final certificate of your school exams (school leaving certificate). If you already have finished an apprenticeship or studies employers also need to see your vocational training school certificate and/or a document providing information about your university grade, subject of studies and your achieved marks. When you apply for a job in Germany it is recommended to send all documents together — and not piece by piece.

  5. In which language should I send an application for a job in Germany?

    When you apply for a job in Germany your CV and the cover letter should be in German. English is also an option, but all other languages are clearly not recommended. Any additional documents can be in original language. For the most central documents (e.g. your university degree) there should be a translation. In a first step simple translations are fully sufficient. At a later stage your employer might request official certified translations of your documents.

  6. Does a German employer pay for visa costs, translations, and travels?

    This depends very much from the vacant position. The more skills and qualifications a job requires, the more likely is a takeover of costs by the employer. If you apply for a entry-level position like apprenticeship, au pair, internship it is highly unlikely that your employer reimburses you for these costs.

  7. Do German employers pay for accommodation in Germany?

    In general German employers do not pay for the accomodation of their employees since they also do not provide these or similar payments to their German staff. However more and more employers help new staff in finding an affordable flat

  8. Is Germany a great place to live at?

    Germany not only offers a high standard of living but is also one of the safest and cleanest country in the world. Families have perfect living conditions due to a high quality and free schooling and education system and several benefits provided by the state.

  9. Which jobs are in demand in Germany?

    Highly in demand are IT professionals, medical doctors, nurses, craftsmen of all areas, drivers, warehouse pickers, and service staff. Since Germany is very close to full employment there are usually plenty of available positions for all professions. However applicants from non-EU countries should keep in mind that in most cases reliable German language skills are mandatory.

How to apply for a job in Germany in 2022? This is our free guide for you! (2)

Facts to consider when you apply for a job in Germany

How much is the lowest salary in Germany?

The lowest salary in Germany is regulated by the state and is currently €9,50 gross per hour. Until 2022 the minimum salary is expected to rise to €10,45 gross per hour.

What is the age limit to work in Germany?

There are no restrictions against any age when it comes to work or study in Germany. However the minimum starting age is seen as 18 years. Retirement in Germany starts in general around the age of 60, depending on several factors.

Is moving to Germany a good idea?

This question can only be answered by including all financial, social, and psychological costs. To change to another country is always challenging and usually gets even more challenging the more different the country is and the older a person gets in age – and the more family members there are. Looking at the economic perspectives however moving to Germany is very promising due to a high demand of labour force from abroad.


How much is per hour job in Germany?

Regular jobs are subject to minimum wage which is currently 9,35€ gross per hour growing step by step up to 10,45€ on July 1, 2022. Minimum wage is usually paid for unskilled workers. In case you have finished an apprenticeship or studies your employer might pay a higher salary. In Germany this is subject for negotiation. Applicants must initiate a negotiation during the selection process.

Can I move to Germany without a job?

EU citizens can move to Germany without a job. Non-EU citizens in general need a job, an apprenticeship position, a place of study or other positions in order to move to Germany. However there are job seeker visa available enabling foreigners to travel to Germany and seek for a position here.

Is Germany safe to live?

Germany is a highly save country as well in regard to public safety, political stability, and social life. Migrating foreigners can benefit from support to improve their German language skills, a highest level health system, prosperous economic opportunities and a highly developed law system.

Is Germany safe for students?

Germany is one of the most safe countries according to international rankings. This includes safety for international students. Around 12 percent of all students in Germany are foreigners. At some universities in Germany you will find a share of up to 30 or more percent of foreign students.

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