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The Berlin Life - Weekly Newsletter

Personal News & Musings

🫣 Sometimes, I’m going to overshare and/or rant a bit.

We’re coming to you one day earlier than usual (the newsletter is usually sent on Sundays). Hopefully, we can add to your weekend reading. ☕

⭐ This week, I’ll speak at an event hosted by SPICED Academy. There are still tickets available. Come to learn about their educational program offerings and tips for finding a job in Germany.

I’ll also record a podcast this week about The Berlin Life and what our work involves. Stay tuned for the link to the recording in an upcoming newsletter.

General Community News

🤝 News from our community.

Get caught up and read last week’s newsletter: How to Answer the Interview Question: “Tell Me About Yourself.” And be sure to check out our (newly designed) archives to see past editions.

⭐ 🍻 I’ve set a date for our next general community mixer. We’ll be heading back to the beer garden. Join us to meet fellow community members, make friends and professional connections, and have great conservation. Register for the event.

⭐ Get caught up by reading last week’s newsletter: The Best German Language Schools in Berlin (+ a whole lot more). And check out our archives to see past editions.

⭐ Last week’s poll asked readers, “How long is your German CV?”. 33% of job seekers keep it to one page, 58% to two pages, and 8% have 3-5 pages long CVs. If you’re among those 8%, you need my help! Get in touch if you’d like some career coaching support from me.

Participate in this week’s work-related poll and tell us what personal information you add to your German CV.

Food For Thought

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

⭐ Data science is one of the fastest-growing professions of 2024. If you want to start a career in the field, check out these free courses from Harvard.

⭐ 🇩🇪 A roundup of Europe’s most rapidly expanding Fintechs includes two German companies.

⭐ Ex-Nvidia recruiter shares the number one red flag he spots on CVs. Hint – CVs longer than two pages are one of them. Read my guide on common German CV mistakes.

⭐ Women are leaving tech more than ever before. 😨

⭐ Are influencers lying when they talk about opportunities to work in Germany? One influencer thinks so. 🙄 Banner

Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ Ratepay | Berlin

⭐ DXC Technology | Germany-wide

⭐ Scalable Capital | Munich & Berlin

⭐ Hach | Germany-wide

⭐ Nortal | Berlin

⭐ Workday | Germany-wide

⭐ Odoo | Berlin

German startups that recently received funding.

⭐ Karri | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ DeepL | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Captain T Cell | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Rows | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ CargoBeamer | Leipzig | Jobs

⭐ HR Autopilot | Berlin | Jobs

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

News in Germany

🗞️ All of the news in Germany.

🤡 Germany’s AfD continues to be on the receiving end of good old fashioned karma, as they were shunned by other far-right groups at the European Parliament, and their lead candidate resigned after claiming that not all Nazis in the SS were criminals. This comes just after Björn Höcke, a leading AfD figure, was fined for using Nazi slogans in public. Better yet, they get hella roasted by Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver in this video and this other one.

⭐ A movement that’s even further right than the AfD, the Reichsbürger, is now on trial for their plans to overthrow the German government.

⭐ 💀 Unfortunately, it gets worse. A video of rich white people partying on Sylt (an island hot spot for the German 1%) emrged, where they joyously sing “Auslanders Raus,” and one guy delivers a double-whammy as he mimics a Hitler mustache while also making a Nazi salute. Police are now looking into things. I hope the Hitler-lover sees huge fines and jail time.

⭐ This has been happening against the backdrop of the German Constitution turning 75, their so-called “cornerstone of democracy”. The Irish Times features a great piece on how Germany currently finds itself amid a moral struggle. The country also can’t figure out how to embrace its historical remembrance culture.

⭐ Anyway … Germany ranks as one of the top countries for working parents. In related news, Sifted surveyed women working at European startups and found that it’s not just parental leave that matters to them.

⭐ The German economy remains sluggish but grew a wee bit in the first quarter of 2024.

⭐ Recent citizenship reforms have many foreigners excited about their prospects in Germany, but how long does it really take to “become German”?

⭐ 🗑️ About 6,600 vehicles were stolen in Berlin in 2023. Can you guess which ones were the most and least stolen? Meanwhile, jerks illegally dumping their trash cost Berlin taxpayers more than 10 million euros last year, too.

⭐ Life expectancy in Germany is also declining compared to Western European averages.

⭐ Way more fun things include this roundup from The Berliner about the best spots to get naked in Berlin. I’ve written about this topic, including what it felt like to get naked at the sauna for the first time and whether or not Germans swim naked.

⭐ In a refreshing development, Germany’s 16-year-olds can now vote in EU elections.

⭐ People love deals on public transit, and 75,000 subscriptions to Berlin’s €29 ticket were sold in the first month

⭐ 🍷 Did you know that Brandenburg has wineries? Day-trip anyone?

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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.