Working in Frankfurt

Updated 2019-10-09 09:13

Frankfurt is a city of opportunities. It has been named “The gateway to Europe” and “Mainhattan”, and is one of the most attractive cities for searching for new career prospects. Today, taking into account Brexit uncertainties, Frankfurt gets even more attention as an industrial and educational hub. Overall, the city offers a vast amount of opportunities and a high standard of living, in spite of the high cost of living. Additionally, it is an international city, so expats from all over the world try to learn the most important points which will help them to find a job.

Hesse is known as an economically strong State and a source of many large companies and startups. Its capital, Frankfurt, is the epicentre of business and finance and is especially attractive for students. The quality of studies is followed by success in the labour market. There are some prerequisites to find a job, but also the importance of understanding the legal preconditions for staying in Germany. If all the requirements are met, you can find a job quite easily.

Skills required in Frankfurt

Expertise varies from the job required, and obviously, highly experienced individuals are able to get more opportunities. While the knowledge of German in some industries may not be obligatory, for most, it is a very important part. Germans respect the knowledge of English and an additional European language. Nevertheless, German is indispensable for understanding the environment, getting a good job and for successful communication with colleagues. Some companies additionally organise language courses for their employees. There are many language schools and institutes like Deutsch Institut or Goethe Institut, who offer intensive courses and certifications which can be very beneficial.

Job application and Interview in Frankfurt

All the competencies are well respected and should be organised neatly in a CV that will also include a professional photo. Previous references are always beneficial, especially for relevant positions. Other than a CV, a simple and well-written cover letter stands out from the large number of applications. (German is the best, while many multinationals accept an English one).

All the competencies are presented in an interview, which can be done in English or German. The length of the Interview and the requirements for formal clothing depend on the institution and on the position. For example, financial positions require absolute formal attire and the Interview may be longer than for other types of jobs.

Job search in Frankfurt

The way to find a job in Frankfurt depends on the type of opportunity you are looking for. For example, bar or hotel jobs can be asked directly onsite. Frankfurt offers some five-star hotels like Hilton FrankfurtJumeirah Frankfurt, and Marriot Hotel Frankfurt. Other types of jobs can be searched through professional networks like JobsinfrankfurtXINGMonsterMoberriesGlassdoor, or LinkedIn. Networking is another smart tool that helps in the job search, especially in Frankfurt, as the city hosts one of the most important fairs in the country. 

Students who have already studied in the city have a considerable amount of prospects and can search on specific university job boards. 

Frankfurt has great potential and especially now it has become a financial hive attracting bankers from all over the world. Therefore, it offers a lot of opportunities in institutions like European Central BankDeutsche BankCommerzbankDZ-Bank and many more. Besides, many other industries like IT, logistics, automotive, consulting, media and creative industries are booming. 

Frankfurt also has some of the world-renowned institutes like the Max Planck Institute of BiophysicsMax Planck Institute of Brain Research, German Institute for International PedagogyISOE Institute for Social-Ecological Research and Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. Universities in Frankfurt allow the possibility to continue with doctoral and postdoctoral studies.

Requirements for working in Frankfurt

It is important to have the necessary information about the general requirements for a stay in the country, like the job seeker visa which allows job search, or another type of permit (like the spouse or student visa) which allows non-European citizens to work in Germany. Students are entitled to work 120 full or 240 half days in a year. It is also essential to check if the desired profession is regulated or unregulated, as practising some professions require recognition of qualifications. 

Since Frankfurt is a big city, for those who are well-prepared, opportunities run everywhere. Systematic research brings results, which is why it is useful to keep in touch with recruiters and HR managers, for current and future prospects.

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