After the Corona crisis, many companies are beginning to hire again. And if you were worrying about unemployment instead of practicing your German, you are in luck! There are still many companies hiring for English speaking jobs in Berlin.
Times have certainly been tough. The past four months have seen record unemployment, layoffs, reduced hours and few government subsidies to the industries hit hardest by the global coronavirus pandemic. The Berlin job market during Corona shrunk and in April 2020 the unemployment rate in Germany jumped up to 13.2 per cent. In the wake of a global pandemic, many are wondering where their next paycheck will come from. Especially expats and internationals who require contracts to continue their visas.
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Fix up your CV
The good news is that there are still lots of companies hiring for various positions. So the first step you need to do is fix up your CV!
This goes without saying but a new job, a new CV. Don’t be afraid to get creative either – did you learn how to play the guitar during lockdown? Did you start a blog or cook a new recipe every week? This shows initiative, ambition and an eagerness to learn new skills – qualities which are important to have for a new job and can help fill in the gaps of your unemployment for a potential employer.
Pro Tip: Use this CV review service to help tailor your CV for free to improve your CV.
English Speaking Jobs
While the job market is saturated with competition there is still hope – even if you haven’t quite mastered the German language yet. There are many industries in Berlin still hiring which offer English speaking positions.
Pro Tip: It is better to search directly through company websites. Smaller companies and startups many find it expensive to post on general job boards.
Start with These
To start, check out these Berlin-based companies who often look for international employees. They even consider expertise in languages other than German or English an advantage.
The world’s largest chemical company BASF regularly posts job offers, especially the IT jobs do not always require profound German skills.
The online food-ordering service Delivery Hero Holding GmbH operates in 12 countries and is based in Berlin. They pride themselves in having an international startup atmosphere with English as a working language and offer jobs in IT, Operations, Marketing, Finance, and Content.
The multinational ebay offers positions around Germany and in Berlin for careers in IT and Management as well as many working student positions.
The Google office in Berlin has postings for Sales & Account Management, Marketing & Communication and more.
Finnish multinational Nokia offers positions for students and graduates as well as opportunities in IT and Project Management.
If you are missing the clubs in Berlin during the Corona closure, why not put your music knowledge and skills to the test by working with Soundcloud, or Deezer, the Berlin based streaming platform which is always looking for content creators, software developers, marketing and operations assistants.
The fashion e-commerce company Zalando was founded in Germany in 2008 and has since spread across Europe but still has its headquarters in Berlin. They offer positions in fields such as IT, Marketing, Controlling, Design, etc.
Some other top expat employers in Berlin include:
Orderbird POS system Raisin Finance
Sitel Call center Sixt Car rental
SmartFrog Tech Spark Networks Online dating
Stoyo Advertising SumUp Payment solution
Sykes Call center Urban Sports Club Sport membership app
Vehiculum Car leasing platform Wayfair Interior Decorating
Pro Tip: Whatever your level of German, even if it’s A1.1, put that on your CV. If you are still learning German, try to learn one new sentence a day that is relevant to your job search!
Where to Search for Jobs
An easy way to avoid getting lost in company websites and the constantly opened tabs on your computer, is to consult large job posting platforms. They are updated almost every day with new opportunities and great filters which allow you to choose the date of the job postings, keywords, and even the level of expertise required.
The newly updated GLOBALS Jobs also has a number of job postings in tech, IT, and start-up positions.
Linkedin jobs offers you an excellent filter system to find exactly what you are looking for. Try their premium account upgrade free for one month to access even more benefits like applicant insights, profile views, and direct personal connections.
For Indeed.de alone, there are currently over 11 589 jobs in project management, HR, finance, business, customer service, product development and more available to apply to!
Glassdoor offers jobs in English and other languages for Berlin-based companies and is less trafficked than the more popular sites such as Indeed which has been a staple for internationals looking for jobs since 2004.
Additionally, if your German isn’t terrible, it is worth searching through Monster and Xing which tend to be used more by German companies.
Remember to Keep Applying!
It is frustrating not to hear back from potential employers, but don’t give up! These resources and tips will help you succeed when searching for a job post corona. Remember to keep your eyes and ears open to network as much as you can. Once events for international connections and job-seeking such as Club GLOBALS Welcome Day start up again be sure to attend and participate. It is not an easy job market out there but with the right tools and the proper preparation, there is a company out there looking just for you.
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