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Germany’s desirability as a place to live for foreigners has taken a beating, but many remain optimistic. Join our new job seeker support group on LinkedIn. I was on a podcast talking about how I run The Berlin Life as my side business or side hustle (as the cool kids say?). Learn how to cultivate an innovator’s mindset to achieve success in the workplace.

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Personal News & Musings

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

⭐ I created a brand new career guide – all about companies in Hamburg that are hiring right now. Bookmark it, as I’ll be updating with more entries daily.

⭐ Our newly created LinkedIn group for job seeker support is close to 100 members. Join us!

⭐ The podcast I recorded with Eleanor Mayrhofer of The Expat Business Show is now live. Give it a listen.

Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ Our next event is for the professional women in our community. We’ll spend a Saturday afternoon along the Spree for a lovely picnic. Join us for great conversations, meeting other female professionals, and finding new connections in Berlin. Sign-up here.

⭐ This week’s featured Berlin Life guides include – The Top German Language Schools in Berlin and How Much Does It Cost To Move To Germany? Use Our Calculator!

⭐ Save money with our partners and experience Berlin by going on a guided tour and/or experiencing the city’s art and culture.

⭐ In case you missed it, give last week’s newsletter a read: Dual Citizenship is Now Possible in Germany. To check out our past editions, explore our archives.

Take part in this week’s poll and let us know – As a non-German speaker, how easy has it been to find a job in Germany?

Food For Thought

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

As a foreigner, how do you feel about living in Germany?

⭐ Recently, I asked The Berlin Life and X communities how they feel about living in Germany as foreigners. People were surprisingly optimistic or feeling good, but many remained worried about the future. The growing popularity of the far-right and the US elections were some of the fears expressed by participants.

⭐ Take that, Elon! Threads has 175 M monthly active users less than one year after its release.

⭐ The UK leads in the number of patents filed for generative AI, but Germany is not far behind. Maybe they are not lagging in the AI space as much as some would like to think. Not only that, but Europe is also spending a lot of money on quantum technology startups.

⭐ Learn how to cultivate an innovator’s mindset to stand out in the workplace.

⭐ This month, a cool event to attend is – CARRYING THE LOAD: Feminist Activism in Platform Work.

⭐ I also signed up for The LGBTIQ+ Tech Conference & Career Fair in October. Hope to see you there! Tickets are free.

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Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ Aroundtown (Various German cities, 30+ jobs, English & German fluency required)

⭐ GetYourGuide (Berlin, 43 jobs, English required)

⭐ Klang Games (Berlin, 7 jobs, English required)

⭐ Paper & Tea (Berlin, 14 jobs, English & German fluency required)

⭐ Solaris (Berlin, 14 jobs, English fluency required, German a plus)

⭐ Xcede (Various German cities, 26 jobs, English & German fluency required)

German startups that recently received funding.

⭐ Cartken (€20.8 M) | Munich | Jobs

⭐ Feather (€6 M) | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Flix (Undisclosed) | Munich | Jobs

⭐ Heidelberg Epignostix (€4.3 M) | Heidelberg | Jobs

⭐ ISPTech (€2 M) | Hardthausen | Jobs

⭐ Peeriot (Undislosed) | Leipzig | Jobs

⭐ Tree.ly (€5M) | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Viride (€6M) | Steinbach | Jobs

⭐ Vytal (€6 M) | Cologne | 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 received its worst rating ever in InterNations annual Expat Insider survey. Two areas were rated extremely low: the ease of settling in and “expat essentials,” which include housing, language, admin topics, and digital life. One person remarked, “I find the culture super isolating and uptight. It’s almost impossible to make friends, and I’m always scared I’m breaking some rule.”

⭐ Each month, changes happen in Germany that impact all of us. Changes in July include the opening of cannabis clubs (complicated by red-tape), increased pension payments, and A LOT of planned disruptions to the Deutsch Bahn’s train schedules.

⭐ In jaw-dropping news, German workers could pay 48,6 percent of income to social security by 2035. Meanwhile, inflation slowed down in Germany much more than expected last month. And the ruling coalition government finally settled the budget for 2025.

⭐ Have you noticed more people at work are calling in sick? This might be due to the rising number of summer flu and COVID-19 infections.

⭐ A court ruled that flat dwellers in Germany now have the right to solar power.

⭐ The BVG has introduced a new tram to its transportation family. At almost 51 meters long and with a capacity for 312 passengers, it will be one of the longest trams on the planet. Expect to see it in 2025.

⭐ One German minister warns the Deutschlandticket is set to get more expensive.

⭐ In an utter embarrassment of what Germany is becoming, Karamba Diaby, the first black African-born politician to enter the Bundestag, has resigned after receiving racist threats. Thankfully, a Bavarian court upheld a ruling that the far-right AfD party will continue to be monitored by authorities.

⭐ The hopes of winning EuroCup were dashed for German fans on Friday night. It was a bittersweet loss.

⭐ Three people escaped from a Berlin prison this week, making you wonder why their head of security hasn’t lost their job.

⭐ The world’s first “cheese” made from artificial milk can now be purchased in Berlin. If you want to know where to eat in Berlin this July, check out this list.

⭐ For a mere €12.50 a month, this cinema app allows unlimited movie viewing at your local German theatres. The app will be launched this October.

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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.