Jobs in Germany for Indians is all that I am going to talk about in this post.
If you are an Indian, and a Software Developer, then I can guarantee you that you can find a job in Germany easily (just like I did).
There are basically 4 practical ways of making your way to Germany if you are an Indian.
- Get deputed to Germany by your current employer
- Get a Germany Jobseeker visa
- Apply to jobs in Germany directly from India
- Get a Germany Student visa
- Bonus tip towards the end of this post
Let me try to explain how each of these options works and who should try for which option:
1. Get deputed to Germany by your current Indian employer
I would say this is the easiest of all the 4 methods I mentioned above. This is how I got my first job in Germany.
The idea is to find a job in an MNC within India where you have the chance of getting an onsite opportunity.
Some of the MNCs in India that provide such opportunities are:
Make a list of these companies and try to get a job in one of them.
Communicate your onsite travel aspiration to the recruiter during the interview process.
Make them aware that you really need an onsite opportunity in the next 1–2 years.
Once you work for the said 1–2 years and you are sent onsite (Germany), you can try and apply for local jobs there.
This is usually possible as long as you do not have any signed contract with your Indian employer that specifically says that you can not change your employment when you are on deputation.
If you are technically good and know your trade, then it is a matter of 1–2 months to get a local job in Germany.
Once you get a signed contract/job offer from the German company, you can apply for an Employment visa either from Germany or India.
2. Get a Germany Jobseeker visa from India
This method is suitable for those who are willing to take a higher risk and wants to get a job in Germany earlier than 1 year.
You have to apply for a Jobseeker visa in India which will allow you to travel to Germany for a period of 6 months.
You can read through this post to understand the list of documents needed to apply for a Jobseeker visa.
You are supposed to get a signed job contract from a German employer within these 6 months or else you will have to return back to India.
This is a bit risky process because you will be jobless for the period you are staying and finding a job in Germany.
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At the same time, you will have to bear the cost of living in Germany (which is 10x the cost in India, especially the apartment rent).
On the other hand, it also gives you the opportunity to visit the employer’s office for a face-to-face interview.
You will be available for an interview all day long unlike the first method where you will be working for your Indian employer and won’t be having enough time to prepare and appear for the job interview.
I still consider this as a very risky option and one should go with this only if they have at least 5–10 lacs of disposable money in their account and also are quite confident in their skill sets.
3. Apply to jobs in Germany directly from India
This one sounds the most appealing as there is no risk involved.
But, this is one of the toughest options to find a job in Germany. Tough, because you are still in India and are restricted by a lot of factors.
First, the employer can not talk to you face to face and even if you try a video call, the time difference doesn’t fit in most cases.
But, If you are someone who is exceptionally good with your core skills and also possesses great communication skills, then cracking a job interview isn’t that hard for you (even if you are in India).
My personal favorite platform to apply for jobs in Germany is LinkedIn.
LinkedIn search can be used wisely to find jobs in Germany for Indians.
You can easily find relevant (English-speaking) jobs using the right filters while performing a job search on LinkedIn.
If you are a LinkedIn premium user, you get a lot of other options that make your job search much easier and faster.
Even before you apply for jobs using LinkedIn, please make sure that your profile is up to date and that you are active on the platform.
You can also use LinkedIn premium’s InMail feature to connect directly with recruiters in Germany.
InMail really works and might get you a job faster than you think.
LinkedIn provides 30-day free access to its premium features. Utilize this feature to apply to jobs in Germany from India.
Also, do not be afraid of starting a conversation with recruiters on LinkedIn.
You just have to be the conversation starter to get in front of the recruiters.
The more you post relevant content on this platform, the more you become visible to recruiters.
Pro tip: Try to learn at least A2 level of German language while you are still in India. Knowledge of the German language is a big plus when it comes to job search in Germany.
4. Get a German student Visa
Unlike the other 3 options described above, this one is especially for those who are still at the beginning of their professional career.
If you are a fresh graduate or do not have more than 2–3 years of work experience, then this is one of the best options for you.
In Germany, you can do your Master’s without having to pay any fee. Yes, education is completely free in Germany even for foreigners.
Every year, the number of Indian students moving to Germany for higher education is increasing. The main reason for this increasing trend is the free education that Germany offers.
You can apply to German Universities from India and If you get an admission letter from one of these Universities, then you can easily come to Germany by applying for a German student visa.
As soon as you land in Germany on a student visa, you can take up a part-time job.
You can earn enough to continue your studies and pay for the shared apartment or student apartment from your part-time job.
Once you have completed your education, you get over a year to search for jobs. Usually, you can get a job in the tech industry within 3–6 months if you try hard.
So, this is one of the best options if you are a young, dynamic, and fresh graduate in India.
5. Bonus Tip – Opportunity card
The German government recently introduced a new way to attract international talent to the German job market.
Once the opportunity card is implemented, more opportunities will be available for Indian jobseekers to move and settle in Germany.
Interested in knowing more about this new opportunity? Read more about Germany’s opportunity card here.
I think finding a job in Germany is not as hard as you might think.
We find it hard especially because there isn’t enough information about the whole process.
This is why I have created a community of over 2000 Indian professionals to help fellow Indians with their doubts related to getting a job in Germany, the visa process, and so on…
You can join the GIC community here
I hope this post helps you make the right decision and finally get a job in Germany.
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