Employment in Germany
Your first port of call for finding work in Germany is the Federal Employment Agency (BA). The agency operates a nationwide network of employment agencies and offices that specialize, amongst other things, in job placements.
Another point of contact is EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal. EURES is a co-operative network of more than 5,000 local employment services throughout Europe, bringing together job seekers and employers and offering support and advice.
How old do I have to be?
The EU-wide ban on child labour means that you are not permitted to be in employment if you are under 15 years old or still of school age – although there are some few exceptions for young people aged 13 or 14. In addition, the EU operates specific health and safety regulations for the protection of children and young people under 18 years of age. For example, these specify particular occupations regarded as unsuitable for young people, because they would be too demanding (mentally or physically) or because they would involve exposure to dangerous and harmful substances. You’ll find more information at EU Working Conditions – Young People at Work.
How to increase your chances of success
- Invest time and effort in creating a CV that’s meaningful and appropriate.
- Ensure that any online profile, for example in social networks, is not unfavourable. Many employers use the Internet for background research – google yourself and see what comes up!
- Be proactive! Contact companies even if there are no current jobs advertised. And ask your friends, and friends of friends, to see if they know of any jobs that might interest you.
- Consider vocational training or preparatory training – many companies welcome applicants who can offer more than an academic background.
Available soon on the European Youth Portal: more tips for a successful job application as well as advice concerning job searches and starting your first job.