Recently graduated or still studying, do you wish to start a new work experience abroad? Here is some important information that will give you the opportunity to find the perfect summer job in Germany.
Find a summer job
You must not be under 15 years old if you are expecting to start to work in Germany. The minimum age can increase depending on the type of job you are going to do.
Agriculture, the retailing and the catering industry make part of the most recruiting sectors concerning seasonal jobs. But do not hesitate to apply for jobs related to other field of activities if you think that your profile could be selected.
Send unsolicited applications and look for job ads published in the national/international press or on the Internet. Remember that the possibility to find a summer job in Germany will be higher if you directly apply on the spot.
You can also call on to the International Placement Services (ZAV - Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung) which is the contact partner within the German Federal Employment Agency that helps German companies recruit foreign workers.
Good to know:
Even if you aim at doing a seasonal job, do not hesitate to apply for the position as soon as possible.
Remember that if you hold a full-time job after your period of study, your student visa is not sufficient anymore to allow you to stay in the country. You will need a new residency visa and a new work permit.
Find a part-time job if you are not a student
Theme parks such as Europapark are good alternatives to find seasonal jobs even if you don't have a student status. Catering service and in-door selling are working sectors which offer many jobs but these are not accessible under 16 years old, and not under 18 years old if they deal with working on the rides. These temporary jobs are generally available between April and November.
Becoming an Au Pair (performing domestic basic chores and looking after host family's children in exchange of food and accommodation) is another good way to work while being immersed in the German culture.
If you come from the European Union or the EFTA, the European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), you must: be between 17 and 30 years old, not be married nor have children, have some basic knowledge about German language and have enough money to finance your trip in Germany.
If you are a non-European Union national, conditions are almost the same. Note that you must be between 18 and 26 years old, you must have an A1 German language level and must stay in Germany for at least a 6-months period.
Good to know:
As an Au Pair, you can benefit from discount cards (Stadtpass). Check for it with the municipal authorities of your host town.
If you hold a student visa in Germany, you are allowed to work until 20 hours a week and 90 days a year. Some States limit student jobs' working hours to the holidays period.
Minimum student jobs wages correspond to about 8 to 10 euros per hour.
If you are not a student, you can find temporary jobs which salary can be up to 450 euros per month. Working hours can vary depending on the nature of the job.
You have to write your resume in German. Don't forget to include a picture of yourself. Do not hesitate to surf on the web to find German resume models an put forward each work past experiences.
Europass is a European website that gives you the possibility to create your resume in compliance with recruiters' expectations depending on the foreign country you would like to work in. Europass also proposes a Language Passport, which is a self-assessment document that attests of your language skills and qualifications. The Language passport could be an important tool if you want to convince the German recruiters that you are made for the job.
Speaking German, an important additional skill
Not only summer jobs give you the possibility to experiment a new work experience abroad but they also afford young students and young workers to enjoy discovering a new way of life. In Germany, one crucial element can favor your experience abroad: a good command of the German language. It indeed usually plays an important role in convincing German recruiters. Most of the seasonal and part-time job offers come from the tertiary sector that requires a direct contact with customers. Thus, you would be well advised to read books or use audiovisual media specialized in learning current German language before getting into a new adventure in the country.
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