How to find a job in Berlin

How to find a job in Berlin

These resources will help you find a job in Berlin, whether you are looking for an English-speaking job, an internship or a place in a startup.

These websites help job seekers in Berlin find open positions and internships in startups, tech and other fields. Did we forget a website? Let us know.

Where to look for jobs?

These resources will help you find opportunities in Berlin, whether you are looking for an English-speaking job, an internship, a startup gig or just a regular office job.

General job search

  • Indeed.com - Job search engine. Lets you set job alerts.
  • Glassdoor - Company reviews, salary reports and job listings
  • Jobspotting - Job listing website
  • LinkedIn - Popular networking website with a large jobs section.
  • Xing - Another networking site that's popular in Germany
  • Craigslist - Mostly low-paying gigs and scams
  • Job List Berlin - A hand-compiled list of careers pages for companies with offices in Berlin

English-speaking jobs in Berlin

Tech jobs in Berlin

Creative jobs: media, communications, design

Startup jobs

Internships, temp work and minijobs

Freelance work

Restaurant jobs

How hard is it to find a job in Berlin?

If you work in tech and you don't speak German, finding a job in Berlin will still be very easy1, 2. English is the main language of many offices in Berlin, especially in tech companies. There is a huge demand for software developers and IT workers in Berlin. If you are not a EU citizen, you will need a visa to work here. Obtaining the visa can take 4-12 weeks.

If you are a skilled worker and you don't speak German, finding a job can be very hard1. You can apply to startups and companies that target international customers, since they usually speak English at the office. Keep in mind that you are competing with people who speak English and German. If you are applying for medical or engineering positions, make sure your qualifications are recognized in Germany.

If you are not a skilled worker and you don't speak German, finding a job in Berlin will be really difficult1. There are not that many options, and there are thousands of people who are competing for these jobs. Again, you are competing with people who speak English and German. If you are not a EU citizen, it will be hard to get a visa for unskilled work. You could still get a Working Holiday Visa, or a Youth Mobility Visa.

If you want to teach English in Berlin, finding a job will be next to impossible, especially if you are not certified and don't speak German1, 2, 3, 4. ELTABB is the local English teachers' association. Their website has a job board.

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Visa requirements

If you are planning to move to Germany and find a job, you must understand the visa requirements.

If you are a EU or EEA citizen, you can live and work in Germany without a visa. All you need to do is to move to Berlin, get a job and start working.

If you are not a EU citizen, you will need a work visa to work in Germany. There are multiple types of visas that allow you to work in Germany. The German work visa, the Blue Card, the Youth Mobility Visa, the student visa (with some restrictions) and the trainee/internship visa are the most common options. Marrying a German citizen is another way to work in Germany.

Some visas have minimum salary, education and skills requirements. If you don't meet the minimum requirements, you will not get a work visa.

Related guide: How to apply for a German work visa

Taxes and insurance

In Germany, a part of your salary goes to health insurance, pension contributions and taxes. The total amount you earn is called the Brutto salary. The amount you keep after taxes is the Netto salary.

The amount of taxes you pay depends on many factors: your marital situation, the number of children you have, the part of Germany you live in, your religion and the type of health insurance you have.

You can calculate your Netto salary with this tax calculator. It shows you how much money you keep at the end of the month. If you need advice about taxation, ask an English-speaking tax advisor.

Cultural differences

If this is your first job search in Germany, there are small cultural differences you must understand.

For example, Germans use CVs, not resumes1. German CVs are longer than American resumes. They often include your date of birth, your citizenship and a photo of you1. ResumeCoach has a great article about how to write a German resume.

If you need a German translation of your resume or your letters of references, use Lingoking.

Comments

  • Elisa Egidi

    I am planning to move with my partner to Berlin, we are both registered in Germany, springe , and both working. Once in Berlin, we will probably stay at our friend’s place/ what we should done regarding The registration, in particolar as we won’t get immediately a flat or a job