If you are serious about finding your next job in Germany: Now is the time to start. I analyse (nearly) the complete German job market. Between September and Christmas is the time when German employers hire faster than at any other time during the year.
Christmas time is truly magical. Employers who long dragged their feed, suddenly rush to fill their vacancies before Christmas eve. At no other time in the year do employers make hiring decisions so quickly.
I compared four time periods during this year and the data proved what I experience every year in my coaching practice: All year long job ads stay online between 35 and 44 days.
Comes September and employers can’t hire fast enough. Job ads in Germany are offline after 12 short days! That’s true both for German and English job ads.
My guess: Department heads want their team to be complete before the year ends, so that they can avoid budget cuts.
If you hope to get a job in Germany: Then now is the time to invest your time, your empathy and your brain into the job hunt.
But – you need to do it in a smart & generous way. Simply applying via the standard process (i.e. sending your CV) is not going to work.
Why? Because you are not a standard candidate. If you are in any way “different” – then most of the time Human Resources will simply sort you out. It’s unfair, but it’s true.
Over the years I must have talked to about one thousand German HR managers. Here are some of the most common real reasons why they reject candidates:
“You need German for this position.” (Often not true!)
“I can’t evaluate this foreign degree.”
“We can’t deal with the visa bureaucracy.”
“He is too young.”
“He is too old.”
“She is the right age – but she will want children soon”.
Of course they will never tell you these reasons. You will either get no feedback at all – or they give you a bogus rationalisation:
“We went with a different candidate.”
“We already filled the position.”
“You are over qualified.”
So, how can you benefit from the end of year hiring spree? How do you get past the ignorance of too many HR managers – and prove your value to a potential employer?
Watch my free Expats Career Webinar on yotube to find out how to convince a German employer to hire you in English:
Since 2013 I have helped over 100 international professionals to find their next career step in Germany. Only a handful of my clients speak German. They live in all parts of the world and work in a wide variety of professions.
If you like me to guide you in your job hunt, get you in touch with managers of your choice and make the most out of the end of year hiring spree:
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I wish you success.
“How To Win Jobs & Influence Germans”