DUAL CITIZENSHIP IS NOW POSSIBLE IN GERMANY

What’s on this week? 

Behind-the-scenes changes at The Berlin Life. Join our new LinkedIn job seeker support group. A bump in the number of startups that have received funding. German citizenship is now much easier to get, and you can hold dual citizenship, but it may not remain that way for long.

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Personal News & Musings

🫣 Sometimes, I’ll overshare and/or rant a bit.

The Berlin Life hit a new milestone on LinkedIn this week – we now have over 1000 followers. Thanks for your support!

I’m constantly evaluating the things that work for The Berlin Life and those that are not. That said, I made changes:

I experimented with branded gear, but as I didn’t get many sales, I closed our Etsy shop. I’ll still offer it in the future but on a case-by-case basis.

⭐ I decided to no longer offer mentor hours, as I like career coaching much more. I used to offer free discovery calls to people who wanted to inquire about career coaching, but I no longer offer them due to the high number of no-shows.

Due to low engagement and my not wanting to invest time to change that, I closed our Slack space and Facebook group.

⭐ Since LinkedIn makes much more sense as a place to be for us, I created a brand new group there to enable job-seeking support within our community. Join us there!

Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ This week’s featured Berlin Life guides: Practical Ways To Save Money In Germany & How to Answer the Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself.”

⭐ I also (once again) updated our list of companies hiring in Berlin.

⭐ Read last week’s newsletter. Is Berlin the World’s Third Happiest City? For past editions, dig into our archives.

Food For Thought

💡 Interesting articles about the world of work and other random things.

⭐ Zig is now the highest-paid programming language.

⭐ Is your employer care-washing you? You know when your employers say they care about your well-being, but in reality, you’re really just a number.

⭐ Adam Broda, a dude who helps people find jobs, advises about what job seekers should do to create interview opportunities for themselves.

⭐ The Imagine Community advises tech people about how to optimize their CV for applicant tracking systems.

⭐ If you’re considering changing careers but think you don’t have the time to build new skills – this article is for you.

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Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ Trust In Soda (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, hybrid, 10 jobs, German fluency required)

⭐ PLAN D (Berlin, onsite, 4 jobs, German & English fluency required)

⭐ yoummday (Berlin & Munich, 30+ jobs, German fluency essential)

⭐ Siemens Energy (Germany-wide, 400+ jobs, German & English requirements vary by role)

⭐ Atos (Germany-wide, 66 jobs, German and English fluency required)

⭐ Zoom (Germany/remote, 5 jobs, English)

⭐ Rebuy (Berlin, 5 jobs, English)

German startups that recently received funding.

Bling (€11.2 M) | Berlin | Jobs

CUREOSITY (€3.8 M) | Düsseldorf | Jobs

Hellgrün (€500 K) | Berlin & Cologne | Jobs

Hive (€28.2 M) | Berlin | Jobs

LiveEO (€25 M) | Berlin | Jobs

LillianCare (€1.5 M) | Berlin | Jobs

Sanity Group (€17 M) | Berlin | Jobs

Synthflow AI (€7.4 M) | Berlin | Jobs

Zing Coach (€9.3 M) | Munich | Jobs

ℹ️ We post new jobs on LinkedIn every single day. Follow us to learn about employment opportunities in Germany (and other bonus content). 💪​​

News in Germany

🗞️ All of the news in Germany.

⭐ Germany’s new citizenship laws have finally been implemented – read a list of the changes. Berlin’s citizenship test centers are feeling the strain from the surging demand as a result.

⭐ Meanwhile, the CDU says that if it returns to power in next year’s election, it will overturn these laws, which allow foreign residents to obtain citizenship faster and hold dual citizenship. (Paywalled)

⭐ Reported discrimination is up 22% since last year, with racial discrimination coming in at the top of the list. Discrimination based on illness and handicapped came second, and gender discrimination was third.

⭐ Seeking more votes (?!), the SPD wants to legalize abortion in Germany.

⭐ Despite having a high quality of life, fewer than half of German employees are happy at work.

⭐ If you ever thought you’re beer tasted like piss, a German brewery is now making that literal by making their beer using sewage water. The Berliner Weisse is also making a comeback.

⭐ Germany has made smoking weed, as well as growing small amounts of it, legal. But Germany, being Germany, made it complicated. Find out how to join a cannabis club.

⭐ Berlin’s public transit authority has (oddly?) released a podcast for children, following the adventures of three friends around the city.

⭐ The country’s divorce rate has slipped to its lowest level since 1990, the year the Internet and the first web browser were invented. The German population is also much less than they first thought. At the same time, more people moved here than left, albeit the numbers are markedly lower than in previous years.

⭐ Lucky visitors to the Tierpark witnessed the birth of a rare endangered giraffe this week, the fourth miracle baby of the mother giraffe.

⭐ What happens when a landlord says, “Ameldung is not possible.” Read this (paywalled) guide from The Local for helpful advice.

⭐ If you’re looking for tips about where to eat and drink in Berlin, read: “Gully Burger’s Sanchin Obaid on his favourite spots to eat and drink.” And if you just need general tips about what to do in Berlin this summer, read this.

⭐ It’s not only Euro 2024 taking Germany; Pride season is also upon us. Check out this round-up of the top events. The organizers of Berlin’s CSD have also threatened to disinvite the mayor unless he vows to implement certain reforms.

⭐ Three German streets were named the most beautiful in the world, and one of Berlin’s is on the list. Can you guess which one? Another street in Berlin was recently named after a feminist poet.

⭐ Do you recall how we gave Lufthansa a whopping €9 B during the pandemic? Or how they made a profit of of €2.7 B in 2023. Those <insert choice words here> are now set to charge you even more money to take a flight due to related EU environmental surcharges.

⭐ If you love everything British, you must visit this cute hotel in Vettelschloss.

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Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m 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, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession 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, I’ve 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 know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.