What’s on this week? 

Read my career guide on how to write a German CV that will get you interviews. Attend one of our community events – both are outdoors! Some tech workers in Germany are finding it tough to get work. Five German universities made it on a list of the world’s best.

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Personal News & Musings

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

I spent some time updating two of our career guides. 🚀

Companies In Berlin Hiring Right Now– I added several new entries last week.

How To Write A German CV That Will Get You Interviews – I featured some new tips, especially in terms of customization, as well as improved overall formatting.

I mentioned this last week, but it’s worth mentioning again. 🥳 On June 20, I’ll be back at the Tech Jobs Fair, moderating a great speaker lineup. Will I see you there? It’s a great chance to network and meet German employers.

⭐ I’ve also been busy seeking new partners to collaborate with – and help you save money in Berlin. If you’ve just moved here and need a temporary flat while looking for your permanent home, consider short-term rental providers.

⭐ Rent your first (furnished) apartment in Berlin online with Homelike. It’s the easiest and most streamlined way to relocate to Berlin. Use BERLINLIFE50 for €50 off your first booking.

⭐ Find a place to live in Berlin with Spotahome. Use code TBL15 to get 15% off your first booking. 

General Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ We have two community events coming up and would love to see you there. 🍺

⭐ A community mixer (everyone is welcome) at one of Berlin’s top beer gardens.

⭐ A daytime picnic for the women in our group, alongside the spree.

⭐ Register here.

⭐ Read last week’s newsletter – Your Guide to Companies Hiring in Berlin Right Now.

⭐ Berlin-based companies need talented people like you. Citizenship and immigration law changes. BER is Europe’s top airport? The most difficult things to do in Germany as a foreigner.

⭐ See our archives for past editions.

Last week’s poll asked readers – “As a foreigner in Germany, what’s been the hardest thing for you to do?”

⭐ 49 newsletter respondents were close to equal in three areas – 31% said it was finding a job, 31% said it was securing an apartment, and 33% said it was learning German. 4% also said it was mastering the bureaucracy, with 2% saying it was something else.

⭐ I asked the same question on X and 291 respondents reported very different results – 12.7% said it was finding a job, 17.2% was securing an apartment, 35.1% said it was learning the language, and 35.1 said was mastering the bureaucracy.

⭐ Participate in this week’s poll – a way more fun and interesting one, if you ask me.

Food For Thought

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

I shared a silly list (with no linked source) making its rounds on X this week, all about which countries have the best work-life balance. Somehow, the UK and Canada were rated above Germany, and most agreed there was no way it could be true.

⭐ Nick Mulder, Co-Founder of Hypofriend & Pensionfriend, also listed some good reasons why living in Germany might be better than living in the US.

⭐ Carlos Alejos Alonso, a career coach and experienced recruiter, recently shared some useful job search tips on LinkedIn.

⭐ Mario D., a Berlin-based product manager, gave insight into the difficulties of his current job search. I’ve heard the same from many tech people I coach and speak with at our events. It’s tough out there right now. 😭

⭐ Is Gen-Z lazy, or are they on to something?

⭐ Some hacker dude released a “Godmode” version of ChatGPT, where the usual safety measures were removed, and you could obtain detailed advice on how to make meth, for example. The hack was quickly taken down.

⭐ Meanwhile, scientists in Switzerland created a “living computer” powered by human brain tissue. 🤯 Banner

Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ OMG FUSE | Dusseldorf, Hamburg, & Berlin – These folks have one of the best career pages EVER. Take a peek! 🫣

⭐ Prosperity Solutions | Berlin & remote

⭐ Supershift | Hamburg

⭐ PATOffice | Munich

⭐ Genesys | Frankfurt

⭐ Vattenfall | Germany-wide

German startups that recently received funding.

⭐ Faircado | Berlin | Jobs

re:cap | Berlin | Jobs

plancraft | Hamburg | Jobs

coboworx | Salmtal | Jobs

M^0 | Berlin | Jobs

Quantica | Berlin | Jobs

SmartLoC | Hamburg | 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.

⭐ 🤑 Good news continues on the economic front, as Germany’s export market seems to be improving slowly and steadily.

⭐ German residents spend 24.5% of their income on housing, the third highest in the EU. To battle surging rent prices, Germany hopes to revive a former initiative to reward landlords who rent out their flats at below-market rates with generous tax breaks.

⭐ Five German universities were featured in the world’s top 100 post-secondary institutions. 📚 In Berlin, public library memberships are on the rise.

⭐ One German teenager permanently lives in Deutsche Bahn’s first-class train cars, traveling Germany far and wide each day. Get it before it’s too late, Deutsche Bahn is offering deals on European-wide travel.

⭐ The senior population is also exploding, and more people need elderly care in Germany than ever. 👴🏽

There have been significant changes to the citizenship and immigration laws.

⭐ Some feel the new Opportunity Card is too complicated to succeed. Read this other take.

⭐ German authorities take years to process citizenship applications. What happens if you want to move from one state to another during that time?

⭐ If you still find the recent changes confusing, read this overview.

⭐ June is Pride Month in Germany. Find out where the best parties are happening. 🏳️‍🌈

⭐ Thaipark is set to open this weekend at a new location.

⭐ UEFA is also taking Germany by storm this month.

⭐ 10 German cities are hosting matches, but only one city is in the former East Germany. 🤔

⭐ Local authorities also carried out a simulated terrorist attack before the tournament started. Border checks will also be increased. It doesn’t make me nervous about attending one of the matches at all …

⭐ Public broadcaster ARD surveyed Germans, asking if they’d like to see more white people on the team. The country’s head coach was understandably furious.

⭐ Since Germany has relaxed weed laws, they also set legal limits for German drivers. 🌿

How We Can Help

😇 The good stuff offered by the Berlin Life.

Connect with like-minded professionals by adding your info to our LinkedIn Connect and Exchange list. Chat with others in our Facebook and Slack community spaces. Attend one of our many networking events.

⭐ We offer career coaching (and other services), plus free guides to living, working, and moving to Berlin.


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.