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“Looking for a job – can speak German”

Fortschritt durch Fremdsprache”? Does speaking a foreign language put you at an advantage (finding a job)?

Definitely yes, it’s widening your choices, adding the extra string to your bow and putting you ahead of other candidates.

Since the event of the European Union http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union , enhanced trading with each member state has greatly added to more job opportunities.

Almost half of the employers in the UK are broadening their search by turning to the international market to find suitable candidates who speak German (50%), followed by French and Spanish.

LOCATION

If you do speak German and you want to go ‘international’ by working either for a company in the UK with German links or go abroad, working for a foreign company within D.A.CH. (acronym for countries with a German-speaking majority: D=Deutschland, A=Austria, CH=Switzerland), then these should be your prime considerations:

Is there a demand for my qualifications?

Do I want to stay in the UK or go abroad?

Is my level of German adequate?

PLACES TO LOOK

If you want to spread your wings and want to go abroad, start looking at the “Goethe Institut” (a German worldwide cultural association) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goethe-Institut to acquaint yourself with German art, culture, science, language and the labour market:

Academics in demand: http://www.academics.de/

Look at large German companies offering career paths for graduates in e.g. finance, account management and IT.

Bosch http://www.academics.de/

http://your.bosch-career.com/en/web/de/de/startseite/startseite

Siemens http://www.siemens.com/jobs/en/working/career_opportunities.htm

Perhaps you’d like to working for the European Union: 3 of the member states have German as their official language, therefore knowing German opens doors http://europa.eu/epso/index_en.htm

Continue your your quest, try

meta search engines such as Adzuna and Indeed

news papers  The Guardian

Recruitment market places such as Exerteer, Monster, Trovit, Total Jobs, Gumtree

Or if you want to stay in the UK, there is a plethora of multi-lingual agencies, many based in London:

languagematters, or multilingualvacancies or bilingualrecruitment

And then there are also dedicated German recruitment agencies like worldkonnekt http://www.worldkonnekt.com/candidates/

a specialist  recruitment firm with an exclusive focus on German speakers and an extensive network with businesses in the finance and technology sectors

and German Recruitment http://www.germanrecruitment.co.uk/about-us.php

who are an independent consultancy recruiting at all levels and to a wide range of sectors including:

Accounting, Admin, Consultancy, Customer Services, Design, Education, Engineering, Executive Search, Export/Import, Financial Services Banking, Finance, Gaming, Human Resources, IT, Legal, Market Research, Marketing, Technology, Translation, Localisation, Copy writing, Transport/Logistic, Travel, Tourism, Sales, Science.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

If you are a native speaker, this won’t be an issue, but consider this “You can  buy in any language, but if you want to sell you better speak the language of your customer” (unkown)

You just can’t do without knowledge of the native language of the company or the country you work in. Or perhaps the knowledge you already have may need to be brushed-up and the option to choose from are plenty: you can learn on-line with the Goethe Insitut http://www.goethe.de/lrn/enindex.htm

Deutsche Welle http://www.dw.de/learn-german/german-courses/s-2547

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/

Apps http://www.aboutgerman.net/AGNlessons/apps-for-german.htm

https://www.duolingo.com/

CDs http://www.michelthomas.com/learn-german.php

or attend language classes http://www.uiclondon.com/german-classes-london.php

which are a good way to kick start you and you get to speak with and listen to a native techer.

But bear in mind that there is never just one method which gives you everything you need. The trick is to use different ways of learning and to practise regularly (drip-feed) ideally on a daily basis, in manageable chunks – mix and match the methods and enjoy the process.

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