How to get an internship or a job in Berlin?

July 26, 2022

Here you are, finally in Berlin! You found the perfect city, and you are here to stay. But finding a job in a German company (especially as a foreigner) isn’t as easy as it seems. At Resourceful  Humans, we have a very international crew which gives us the opportunity to provide you with advice from multiple people that were in your shoes at some point.

So here are a few tips you might want to consider when seeking your dream job in Berlin: 

STEP 1: Be clear on what you want 

Do not hesitate to balance the pros and cons of your previous experiences. Put them on paper. It helps to know in which direction you should go. Do you like fixed schedules or do you prefer flexibility? Do you prefer big corporations or small companies? Comfort or challenge? 

By investigating, you will gain clarity on what you expect and will be able to save your energy while applying. Don’t apply everywhere, select your targets. 

STEP 2: Know where to look

Most companies have their open positions posted on their website. You can find them in sections called : “career” “apply” “job” or simply “join the family”. 

They can be located in the footer of the website, if they don’t have a tab dedicated to this. 

If you apply for a position in a small business, you can easily find out who the recruiter is. To do so, you can either check out the team, and confirm the information by visiting the person’s LinkedIn profile. It will give you an idea of who is likely to check your profile and this can help you get ready for the interview, and/or help you understand the company. 

If you want to apply for a big company it’s really unlikely that you will have the name of the recruiter or an email address to contact. It will usually be a form where you have to put a lot of different information, insert certificates etc…

STEP 3: Prepare your application

Now that you know what you want, it’s easy, you simply need to adapt your application. 

  • Check your CV- does it match the position that you are applying for? Are some keywords of the job posting and company principles mentioned in your CV? 
  • Write a motivation letter or message that is adapted to each application: the purpose is to show why you would be the best candidate in terms of experience, knowledge and culture. But, please stay humble and honest, you don’t want to get busted by the recruiting team… Do you?

STEP 4: The interview process

If you have followed the previous steps properly, it’s most likely that you will be contacted for an interview. 

If you have taken notes on the companies and positions during the application process, then, it’s easy. You simply need to match the key data of these jobs with who you are and what you bring to the table, so that you can be regarded as the most fitting candidate for the position.

Some last tips…

  • Don’t stress too much for the interview, the recruiter is also a human being
  • Change your perception. Consider the recruiter as a future colleague, don’t create some kind of artificial hierarchy in your mind. This will help start the recruiting process on the right foot with the hiring team. 
  • Adapt to the person in front of you. Trust your intuition. 
  • Focus on 3 qualities you want to be remembered for. 
  • Do not get desperate if you have to go through multiple processes, or if you are not selected. Ask for feedback and use these experiences as learning opportunities to improve your application strategy.

Stay true to yourself, stick with your values and find a company that matches you and your expectations. Everything should go according to plan!

Also, if you are looking for a cool company, check out our website and open positions. We would love to hear what you think of our tips!

We wish you all the best in your application journey, 

The Resourceful Humans Crew

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