Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a long while since we’ve landed in your inbox. As we have so much to catch up on, this newsletter is way more packed than usual. I suggest sitting down with a coffee and settling in for some good reads.

What’s on this week?We’re launching an exciting new online learning platform. Dual citizenship laws may finally pass this month. Life in Germany is about to get a lot more expensive. Other important changes in 2024 that you need to know about.

We cover all this and more in our07/01/2024edition ofThe Berlin Lifenewsletter.

Personal News

Sometimes, I’m going to overshare.

潃 I spent part of December in Canada on what was a pretty low-key visit. Flying with Iceland Air was great asthe view flying into the countryisalwaysspectacular! It was wonderful being with friendly people again and being given free water when dining out. On the other hand, thecost of livingin Toronto felt shockingly high and by the end of my visit, small talk with strangers started to get annoying. I guess I’ve been in Berlin for too long now. I also had anextraordinarily uncomfortable yet hilarious experience watching Napoleon.

潃 I was home in Berlin over the holidays and enjoyed a quiet Christmas and NYE(seemy video of the fireworkspopping over the TV tower), binge-watching Netflix and eating good food. It was a very welcome break!

潃 Workwise, I obtained anew certificationand am now a “Certified Scrum Product Owner”. Imho, I think certifications are overrated. Organizations rob you blind and charge you a lot of money for little effort on your part, just so you can display a badge on your LinkedIn profile. Certifications don’t make you better at your job, but they help when you’re looking for work and make you appear “legit”. Gosh, I sound like a grumpy boomer. 五

潃 As a year-end surprise, my company awarded all employees with a generous bonus. I share this not to brag, but to reassure you that it’s not all doom and gloom in the market right now. Yes, a lot of German companies are laying people off and cutting back on hiring plans, but there are still organizations seeking new talent and treating their employees well.

General Community News

News from The Berlin Life community.

潃 It’s still in the making, but I’m super excited to announce the pending launch of my new pet project, Career Boost Germany. It’s an online learning portal where you can enroll in affordable mini-courses to learn about how to find work in Germany. Think cover letters 101, CVs 101, interviewing tips, help with negotiating fair compensation, and more. Get asneak peek.

潃 I asked for volunteers last year, but unfortunately, the submitted data was lost, so let’s try again. I’m looking for two people to make the community bigger and better – someone to handleevent managementand another to handlecommunity management. If you’re interested, seethis formfor details and submit your application. I’ll make a final decision in the next 1-2 weeks.

潃 Our first meetup for 2024 is set. Join us for our nextcommunity mixeron Wednesday, January 24, 2024, @ 19:00. Everyone is welcome! The venue is TBD, but sign up now to meet other newbies in Berlin. The event will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants to make it easier to make connections and have good conversations in a casual, no-fuss setting.

潃 I used my time off to write a couple of newBerlin Life guides:

潃 Our shop is open again, in case you need help preparing for a job interview or spicing up your cover letters or CV. Check out ourservices page.

潃 If you want to get caught up, read our final newsletter of 2023:Our Last Newsletter of the Year!If you’re new here, you can read some of our past newsletters in ourarchives.

潃 If you like (or love!) what we do, support us by giving us a follow onLinkedIn. We not only post our new content there, but advertise new jobs in Berlin, alerts as to what companies are hiring, and more.

Food For Thought

Interesting articles about the art of looking for work, humourous memes, or other useful gems floating around the web.

潃 Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder this time of year.Headspace has some great tipsfor how to cope with the long dark winter days.

潃 Blinkist recently highlighted some solidly excellentworkplace DEI recommendationsyou can find in their app.

Tarik Boumahdiof Get In Expat offers somereally sound insightfor those who are thinking about making Germany their home in terms of cost of living and salaries.

潃 So funny, it’s true.

LinkedIn Meme

Companies Hiring

German companies hiring right now.

helpcheck| D羹sseldorf

Yara International| Various locations across Germany

Digital Turbine| Berlin

VOIDS| Hamburg

Lovehoney Group| Berlin

Cofinpro| Frankfurt

Proton| Berlin

Parkdepot| Munich

Be sure to check out our complete list ofBerlin companies hiring.

German Startup News

German startups that recently received funding, were acquired, built up staff, etc., and could be good places to look for jobs.

Note:This section isn’t usually soooo long, but there were A LOT of funding announcements when we were off and we don’t want you to miss out on any potential job opportunities. Another noteworthy item is that it’s not just Berlin seeing so much investment, but Munich.

Blickfeld| Munich |Jobs

Evum Motors| Munich |Jobs

Scalable Capital| Munich |Jobs

montamo| Berlin |Jobs

NeoCarbon| Berlin |Jobs

Urban Sports Club| Berlin |Jobs

Metycle| Cologne |Jobs

Vectoflow| Gilching |Jobs

Suena| Hamburg |Jobs

Ultihash| Berlin |Jobs

German Bionic| Augsburg |Jobs

Layla| Berlin |Jobs

RYVER.AI| Munich |Jobs

nuvo| Hamburg |Jobs

Unchained Robotics| Paderborn |Jobs

Banxware| Berlin |Jobs

QuantumDiamonds| Munich |Jobs

Milano Vice| Berlin |Jobs

Floy| Munich |Jobs

News in Germany

All of the news in Germany.

Note:This section is not always such an exhaustive list either, but there’s been so much going on over the past month, that we naturally have to share it here too.

General living in Germany news:

German court makes landmark ruling on tenants’ right to Sublet Apartments

Berlin B羹rgeramt voted second-best in Germany

Looking for an allotment in Berlin? Now might be your chance!

Alcohol consumption is falling in Germany, says Health Ministry

2024 in Germany: All of the changes you need to know about

War, inflation, flooding: Germans’ negative outlook on 2024

Scholz encourages Germans to have confidence in the future

Transportation news:

Berlin Hbf ranked third-best European train station, while Bremen comes in last

First German city opts out of the 49-euro ticket scheme

Buses, Bahns and bikes: A guide to getting around Berlin

North-South S-Bahn tunnel closed for six week maintenance

German economic news:

“Price shock” expected as Germany plans to raise VAT for restaurants and cafes

Germany to scrap energy price cap from 2024

What is Germany’s budget crisis and how might it affect you?

Flights to shampoo: How life will get more expensive in Germany in 2024

Germany’s economy set for rough ride in 2024

News affecting students in Germany:

Berlin named second-best city in the world for students

29-euro Deutschlandticket announced for students in Germany

German schools perform worse than ever in PISA assessment

Cultural news:

The best English bookstores in Berlin

Who wants to own a Berlin Sp瓣ti?

10 Reasons to Love Germany’s Saarland Region

2023: The Berlin year in pictures

Whats going on this January? Your guide to the first month of the year

Berlin concerts: The best live music for January 2024

Berlins best restaurants: 101 places to eat right now

The most embarrassing Berliner of the year: 2023 edition

10 reasons to love Brandenburg

Developments in the labor market:

Germany: A new scheme to fill the skilled labor gap

How to negotiate your salary in Germany: A guide for expats– However, we thinkour guide is better.

What is bullying in the workplace and what can you do about it?

What’s the outlook for the German job market in 2024?(paywall)

German immigration news:

New naturalization law

German dual citizenship law could pass in January, say coalition

Am I eligible for German citizenship? Berlin launches online questionnaire

German immigration policy: What’s changing in 2024?

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The Deutsche Bahn Seeks an Employee With Mad Windows 3.11 Skillz

The Deutsche Bahn Seeks an Employee With Mad Windows 3.11 Skillz

In yet another demonstration of how far Germany lags in technology, the Deutsche Bahn wants an employee with Windows 3.11 experience, an OS that was released in 1991! Germany is now the world’s third-biggest economy. A four-meter-long dead python was found in Berlin. Staff at Hamburg’s foreigner’s office took bribes to issue residence permits to people who didn’t meet the requirements.

Germany’s New Immigration Laws Might Not Be So Great After All

Germany’s New Immigration Laws Might Not Be So Great After All

Germans are consuming less beer and will soon be paying more for meat. Your German citizenship application will be denied if you’re on social security benefits like unemployment. Berlin is having yet another election. Berlinale invited AfD members to some of their events and only disinvited them after getting publicly shamed.

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, Im Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, Ive had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee fornumerousBerlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemicand again in 2023, during Germanysrecession and massive layoffs in tech.

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, Ive also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I knowexactlywhat it takes to move to Berlin and find work.

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