Offers via the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit)

The German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA) is the German administration that supports people looking for work in Germany and abroad. It is your first contact for all questions about working and applying for work in Germany. The BA operates the largest official job board in the country. You can search for job openings with specific characteristics at http://jobboerse.arbeitsagentur.de. Most job offers are only available in German, however the navigation is in multiple languages.

You can also receive a personal career consultation from the BA. The job information centres (BIZ) in the employment agencies have information about the various careers in Germany. Staff at the employment agency for your place of residence can help you find the right job or trainee position.

You can learn more at the Federal Employment Agency website www.arbeitsagentur.de.

International Placement Services (Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung, ZAV)

The ZAV is part of the Federal Employment Agency and is responsible for the worldwide search for specialised workers for Germany. It is also responsible for advising people who live in Germany and work or want to do training abroad. Foreign employees or trainees who are looking for work in Germany can also turn to the ZAV. The ZAV is also responsible for admitting foreign workers to the job market.

You can find more information on the ZAV website at

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Online job boards and company websites

When German companies post job ads, they usually only do so on official job portals. They also use commercially operated online job boards. You can generally create search filters to look very specifically for your new job in the desired location. There are job portals with offers from across Germany, as well as regional job portals that are focused on a specific region or a federal state such as Rhineland-Palatinate. The best thing to do is simply try both.

We are unfortunately not able to name specific providers here for reasons of competition law.

Have you already found a few companies that you are considering? In that case you should absolutely explore these firms' websites. More and more companies are including current job openings on their own websites. You generally find these offers in the “Job openings”, “Current/News” or “Career” sections. You can also find interesting offers on social media.

Newspapers

Many newspapers regularly publish job offers. Take a look at local and regional or national newspapers such as Rhein-Zeitung, Trierische Volksfreund, Allgemeine Zeitung and Rheinpfalz. Job offers are mostly published in the weekend or Saturday editions of the papers, some also publish offers on Wednesdays.

The regional and national newspapers mainly include offers at a higher career level (e.g. CEO, team leader or professor) or from well-known institutions, while local papers publish openings for all kinds of jobs. You can often also find job offers online at the newspapers' websites.

HR advisers

When looking for a new job you can also use private recruiting agencies and HR advisers. They will look for a suitable position for you. Find out in advance if the services of the HR adviser or recruiting agency will cost you a fee. Often such HR advisers are also looking for new employees on the career pages on behalf of a company. You must then apply to the HR adviser, who performs a first selection of applicants for the contracting company.

We are unfortunately not able to name specific providers here for reasons of competition law.

Job fairs

A job fair gives you the opportunity to build personal contacts with companies and future co-workers. You can usually find out in advance which companies are taking part in the fair. In this way you can prepare your application materials specifically for those companies you are interested in. You should always have with you a resume with the most important information about your job experience. After discussions, it is best to ask for a business card with the name of your contact. You can then refer to your initial meeting in subsequent communication.

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