What’s on this week? 

We’ll be hosting our first-ever Ladies Networking Dinner (soooo excited for this one!), Olaf Scholz looks like a pirate, we want to know which job sites you use to look for work in Germany, and Berlin wants cyclists to sport helmets.

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⭐ I’m in the second week of my new job and I’m still exhausted. 😬 Going to the office takes a lot out of me, not to mention the required social interactions. Luckily, I still get my work-from-home days where I can sit comfortably in my leisure wear and take disco naps over lunchtime. 🪩

General Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ 👩 Event alert! Join us for our very first Ladies Networking Dinner on Wed Oct 18 @ 18:00. Limited to 10 spots, this intimate dinner gives a chance for our female community members to come together in a safe space. It’s a time to meet other professional women in Berlin, make connections, share stories, eat good food, and have fun. Register now.

⭐ We created a new company page on LinkedIn. Give us a follow for exciting updates between newsletter blasts. 🚀

⭐ Catch up on last week’s newsletter, We’re Going To Be at the Berlin Tech Jobs Fair! Will We See You There?

⭐ We’re still super stoked to be partnering with the Berlin Tech Jobs fair this November. Get your free ticket, mingle with other job seekers, and talk directly with recruiters from German companies.

Food For Thought

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

Use these free AI tools to assess how solid your CV is: HirationPanna, and Resume Worded.

⭐ Another timeless Berlin Life Guide: What Are The Best Berlin Job Search Websites? Many people feel overwhelmed knowing where to search for jobs in Berlin. Bookmark our best Berlin job search websites list to get started.

⭐ Which sites do you use to search for work in Germany? Take part in our poll and let’s see what job sites our community members are using the most.

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Companies Hiring

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ Transdev (Germany)

​⭐ Simon Kucher (Germany)

​⭐ Flix (Germany)

​⭐ Emnify (Berlin, Würburg, & remote)

​⭐ Audatic (Berlin)

​⭐ Chainflip Labs (Berlin)

​⭐ Temedica (Munich)

​⭐ The Nunatak Group (Berlin & Munich)

German startups that recently received funding.

⭐ ​Ivy Raises $20M in Series A Funding (👉 Job openings)

⭐ ​Berlin-based Nuventura secures €25 million Series A to ditch greenhouse gas for good (👉 Job openings)

⭐ ​e-mobilio raises €9.5M for expansion into European EV market (👉 Job openings)

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.

The German economy:

⭐ 👾 Europe needs to ‘Frankenstein’ its start-up sector – Germany has the potential to enable a lot more startups to reach legendary unicorn statues, but it needs to step up its game in order to remain competitive. There is some light, as Flix plans to go public next year.

⭐ Scholz calls on Germany to pull together to remove economic ‘mildew’ – Said Chancellor Olaf Scholz – “The citizens are fed up with this standstill, and I am too.” He also scolded the varying parties for arguing too much with one another and failing to make progress on several critical issues.

​⭐ Germany is staring at the end of its economic model – IMHO, a way too pessimistic outlook on the current situation, but yields insights into the mechanisms that power the German economy. Another guy (not an economist) offers a picture of what he thinks Germany should do to shake the “sick man of Europe” title.

General stuff:

⭐ ​Berlin public transport will get more expensive in 2024, Schreiner announces – Tickets will get more costly at a time when we want to incentivize people to take public transit. The BVG will also remove some of their ticket offerings that no longer make sense due to the popular Deutschland ticket. On a side note, 10 percent of Deutschlandticket holders have cancelled their subscription.

⭐ ​The Plan to Bulldoze Hipster East Berlin to Pave a New Autobahn – In classic German style, a plan that literally took decades to realize is getting closer to becoming a reality. The reasons for the highway are no longer relevant and it will destroy legendary clubs like Salon Zur Wilden Renate. The newly elected government gives zero f#*ks and is pushing ahead despite the community’s resistance.

⭐ ​Germans question value of working after new welfare increases, survey shows – It’s understandable, as “Some 52% of Germans have the impression that it’s not worth working as those in full-time employment on a minimum wage don’t earn significantly more than those living off welfare.”

⭐ ​German retirement age continues to rise, figures reveal – In other words, we’ll be working stiffs until our death. 🪦

⭐ ​Warning day announced for September 14 in Germany – Be prepared for your phone to blast out the scariest sound known to man. Seriously mark Sep 14 @ 11 a.m. on your calendar to avoid the fright of your life.

 ​Germany ranked ‘7th best country in the world’ in 2023 – Last year, it was in second place and fell to seventh for all of the reasons you’d expect.

⭐ 🚲 Will cyclists in Germany soon be required to wear a helmet? – Oddly, hard-core cyclists oppose wearing a helmet and claim it will lead to fewer people cycling. They further claim that helmet requirements have seen fewer cyclists on the road in places like … Canada. It’s a ridiculous comparison – major cities like Toronto (my hometown!) have almost zero cycling infrastructure while as much as Berliners like to complain, we have decent cycling infrastructure. You’d think with all of the cycling accidents in Berlin, that wearing a helmet would be an accepted given.

The fun gems:

Olaf Scholz Pirate

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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.