Career Orientation & Counselling
Our motto is: "Individual and practical advice based on networking with personnel decision-makers and our own long-time professional experience within the HR department."
Important information about the german job market & your job application
When looking for a suitable internship, student trainee position or entry-level position it is important to know the structure of the German labour market, which consists mainly of small and medium-sized companies. The term SME (translated KMU in German, which means small and medium-sized enterprise) is defined by two parameters: a) sales volume and b) number of employees. SMEs are usually less well known than large companies, but they are an option as an interesting employer.
In addition to searching for job offers in (online) job portals, you should therefore also conduct a corresponding sector search or a specific search for regional companies. So-called industry registers or information from the overviews of the economic development agencies of the respective federal states (see also overview of search paths & channels) will be helpful here.
With our extensive information and additional material to the cover letter and CV in OPAL you can prepare your application documents. We will be happy to discuss these with you. In addition to the documents, a good knowledge of German language is the best prerequisite for your successful application.
Usually the companies require an application in German language. You should check the job advertisement for orientation. If it is written in German language, you should submit your application in German language as well.
Networks = personal contacts to personnel decision makers in companies are very helpful in the application process. Therefore, you should already establish these contacts during your studies, e.g. at the various networking events - which are also taking place directly at your university.
In the application process it is of decisive advantage to have knowledge of the job market and to be informed how and where you can find and approach companies. Create your own scheme based on the overview, which will help you in the application process to find interesting companies, identify relevant job portals and find relevant multipliers etc.
If you know exactly what you want to achieve and what your strengths are, you can work better towards your goal. Success is not a product of chance, but rather the result of planned action. Coaching supports the development of a goal-oriented strategy and thus the creation of new chances, ways and possibilities.
Based on the analysis of your personal situation, we help you to plan the process of starting a career and facilitate the implementation of the individual steps. We work with you to find the answers to important questions about your further life and career planning and provide tips for decision-making.