Looking For A Job In Germany? Here Are Three Things You Must Know!
If you are reading this article, then you are probably considering relocating to Germany for a job. Aside from all the bureaucratic formalities and paperwork, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind while moving to Germany. Here are the three important things you need to consider while looking for work in Germany – the land of poets and thinkers.
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There are three health insurance options that you can choose from: the government-regulated public health insurance scheme, called Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung (GKV), private health insurance that also known as private Krankenversicherung (PKV), from a German or international insurance company, or a combination of GKV and supplemental PKV.
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Government Health Insurance (GKV)
The majority of Germans, residents or citizens, are members of the government health system. Anyone with a gross salary of lesser than 62,550 Euros per year or 5,213 Euros per month in 2020 needs to have the GKV. If you are going to work for a private company, then almost half of the insurance amount is paid by the employer. The contribution to statutory health insurance is 15.5%, of which the employer pays 7.3% and the employee 8.2%. However, once you leave the company, your employer is not obliged to pay for your health insurance.
Under the GKV, there are several medical benefits, including in-patient (hospital) care as a ward patient with the doctor on duty, out-patient care with registered doctors (Kassenaerzte), and basic dental care. If you are moving with your family to the country, then they will also have to become members of the government’s long-term nursing care scheme, called Pflegepflichtversicherung.
Private Health Insurance (PKV)
Private health insurance is more expensive than the government health insurance scheme and can only be availed if your gross income is more than 62,550 Euros. Private health insurance includes a higher level of service, and the insurance premium is usually paid for each person who is to be covered. You can also opt for private health insurance if you are self-employed or above 55 years of age but not employed.
The Right Job Portal
Landing a job in Germany also hugely depends upon your country of origin. For instance, if you are an EU national, then you are entitled to work or look for a job in another EU country. If you are a non-EU national, then searching for an employer who is ready to provide work permits and relocation costs can be challenging. Here are a few places where you can look for job opportunities in Germany.
Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)
Federal Employment Agency, or Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), is the website where you can get all the information about jobs in a sector where there is a shortage of qualified professionals. It gives you direct access to German employers and boosts your chances of getting hired. The job portal is updated every day.
Formed by the public employment services, EURES is a network that facilitates employment mobility among the EU member states. It contains a list of job opportunities in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. It also provides details of EU’s funding programs.
Job Portals/Company’s Website
You can also look on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and the company’s website to search for your dream job. The section on the company websites is usually called ‘Stellenangebote,’ ‘Karriere,’ or ‘Vakanzen.’
Lebenslauf and Anschreiben
As intimidating as they sound, Lebenslauf and Anschreiben are simply CV and cover letter, respectively. Lebenslauf, or CV, should contain basic facts of your career and qualifications.
A cover letter or a single page “Bewerbungsschreiben” gives you a chance to be specific about your skill-set and motivation. While you draft it, be sure to explain why you are the best fit for the job, and highlight your professional achievements. Be sure not to exaggerate in your cover letter and avoid using adjectives to describe yourself and your professional experience.
There you have it, the things you need to know if you are planning to relocate to Germany for work. Over to you now, good luck!
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