Moving to Berlin
At the beginning of 2020, I’ve decided to move from Croatia to Berlin, Germany. 2 months later I was already in Berlin and had a job waiting for me. The remote job search can be pretty hard but I had multiple offers to choose from. Finding a job in Berlin remotely for software engineers shouldn’t be too difficult. The market situation is crazy good for developers now and everybody is hiring more people.
Before moving to Berlin, I wanted to secure a job. Since I had a job in Croatia, I didn’t wanna quit my job, move to Berlin and then try to find a job. It’s also much better for you as an employee if you are switching companies. This way the other company needs to “steal” you from your current company. If I were unemployed I would be in a bit weaker position since I don’t have a job and I’m more likely to take jobs that I normally wouldn’t accept.
Finding open job positions
For finding open job positions I was bot working with recruiters and applying on my own. In the end, all of the offers I got were from companies where I applied on my own. Most of the recruiters were pretty horrible at their job. There were a few who did an amazing job and made me feel like a human being. Most of them, on the other hand, didn’t care about me as a person at all. You could clearly tell I’m just a number to them and that they are going for quantity.
Some companies had online tests and some had programming tasks that I would solve in my own time. Important notice – be sure to check out what I’ve learned after doing dozens of interviews (including mock interviews) HERE. Even when you don’t get the job, make sure to ask for feedback since you can use that to improve yourself. If a company doesn’t have time or gives any other reason that they can’t give you feedback, then it’s probably for the best that you don’t work for them!
After trying my best and solving doing multiple interviews and tasks per week, I finally got my first offer in the middle of February. A week later I got a second offer. Since I was pretty happy with the second offer, I’ve decided not to wait for others. Although there were some other companies that were interested in hiring me, I’ve decided to cancel my application with them.
Tips for remote job search
- Here are my tips when remotely searching for jobs in Berlin:
Use only LinkedIn and it might be a good investment to get a Premium account for a month or two. StepStone and Xing weren’t really helpful.
- Have your CV done by a professional! Old boring black on white or Europass approach is really bad. You can’t stand out. Spend 20-30 EUR and get it done by a professional designer.
- Always keep in mind that you need to convince the company to take you who is not even in Berlin over somebody else who is already in Berlin and ready to go.
- Don’t be pretentious! Be professional and calm.
- Read what the company is doing and make sure to mention that during the interview. That way you are showing them you are really interested in them and are aware of what they are doing.
- Many companies will require the German language. If you don’t know German and they clearly say the working language is German or the job posting is in German, don’t waste your time.
- Be prepared to learn German when you move to Germany.
- Try to apply directly to companies and not over recruiters if possible. You’ll probably be better off without them.
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