Three criteria for choosing the right job abroad!
An important step for a happy life in Germany is the right choice for your future job and your employer.
In this article, we will focus on the criteria that may influence your choice and explain that one company is not like the other.
In general, businesses in Germany are mainly focused on performance, reliability and compliance. When looking for a suitable position, it is recommendable to take a good look at the business for which you will work and read about it a little more.
1. The company
When choosing your future employer, a great role plays the size of your potential employer. In conformity to your requirements, it is best to determine whether you want to work for a small Start-Up business, a family business with 200 employees or an international corporation. The experience from your own country will certainly help you in the decision process because the comparison of the size of the companies is much likely alike.
The criteria we would recommend to focus on and prioritize:
- Pace of professional growth
- Working time
The larger the company, the more defined is the structure and hierarchy as well as the expected work performance, rules and workflows. Of course, your learning curve might be smaller and the transition to another department can be more complicated.
On the other hand, you have access to a sophisticated benefit system and a fair salary.
When deciding for a Startup or a smaller company, this will guarantee fast professional progress and taking over a lot of responsibility – however, you might have to count extra hours spent at work, especially because decisions and prioritizing tasks are up to you.
2. Place of work
It does not matter whether your future employer is located in the north or south of Germany, in a big city or small town: the cost of living is always adjusted to the region.
On the one hand, the costs for accommodation and transport in a big city is more than twice as high as in a smaller city. However, you might benefit from a well-organized public transport system. Another important consideration is the distance from your home country.
For most Slovaks for example, the closer we are to the Austrian border the better, as we plan to go home from time to time or every weekend. Regions like Bavaria (Bayern) with Munich and Baden Württemberg with Stuttgart are usually the right choice for Slovaks.
Check out where your future employer is located before you send your CV – possibly the company searches for candidates in your chosen position in other cities as well.
3. Conditions (Salary, Benefits …)
Working conditions in Germany are by standard at a very high level and are protected by law or by labor unions. Violation against employees’ rights are unacceptable in the company and the dismissal of the employee in general, without serious violation of working ethics, almost impossible.
Labor unions, such as IG-Metall, take care of their members and negotiate better and more favorable terms for employees each year.
Germany’s salary system distinguishes a lot from Eastern European countries and is oftentimes a key issue for foreigners when joining a new job abroad.
Hint: read statistical data on the average wage or a regular annual earnings report in Germany before your interview. Do not try to get the most out of your salary at all costs. Better ask for what your experience is worth, and if you can prove that you know what you are doing, the increase in pay does not wait long. Check out current earnings reports in Germany:
- Stepstone Bericht
- Gehaltsstudie Marktforschung.de
Other benefits, such as ‘Home Office’, lunch vouchers, fitness studio, insurance, etc. are a very popular option for additional employee motivation.
Ask for Benefits during your interview with your employer.