It’s been 4 months since I arrived to Berlin and I had 2 Jobs already. If you work in IT,web developer or designer, there is work but you need to be aware that there are positions available in the startup world but nobody will guarantee a stable position.
So, sometimes you have to define the position yourself, if you expect sit 8 hours a day in front of a laptop and get a salary you are probably wasting time reading this post (and probably also in Berlin)
One important thing to realice is that you should not accept to work on a week’s trial at your expenses. That is totally unnecessary! About two-day trial, max. 2 hours per day, is enough to know whether or not you know the position. To be known that lost time, is less money in your account and more frustration. Do not give away your time for free!
Now onto the recommendations, so sit comfortably, switch off Spotify and read:
- The hour where you need to take action, send the CV/ Resume through email or the website, should be from 8 to 10 AM.
This is the most important point! If you are in the RRHH Role and you get a CV at 8.30 and another at 19 hrs, even without opening it, Which looks more serious?
- Send always a Cover letter
I know it sounds a bit old fashioned. But you are looking for a job in Deutschland and to be formal is always important. So you will dedícate some precious minutes to write a decent and personalized cover letter. Personalized means written specially for each job position, not to do copy and paste, or you will loose points.
- You will say always the truth in every point, with dates and references
Truth and transparency will never be overrated. So if you say that you know how to use Jquery framework or any other technology is because you have real experience working with it.
- Make a nice webpage where you can show your work portfolio
If you are a web developer, video maker or any other are that can be shown online, create a website in wordpress.com or any other content management system and put examples of your work. I’ll go further: Upload your CV also. You never know where someone would be interested in knowing more about you.
- Visit the job portals in a daily basis and prepare your cover letters (Point #2)
Do not forget about the recommended sending hours in point #1
If you work in IT/online LinkedIn Germany will be your breakfast each morning
And to close this entry here goes the last one and maybe the most important one: The German is not easy to learn. There is no chip you can plug into your mind to adquire knowledge and if it was I would have used it long time ago. You will dedícate long months to learn it and you will still speak really bad German. So put yourself onto it!
Once a journalist asked Paco de Lucia how it felt to be known as the better guitarrist of the world and he replied:
“Anyone can be the best guitar player if he practices 8 hours a day, 6 days a week for 1o years” That’s the only secret.