What’s on this week? Get the lowdown on who’s hiring in Berlin. Learn about the planned changes to the German immigration and citizenship laws coming into effect this month. Is BER Europe’s best airport, or is someone pranking us? What’s the toughest thing to do when you move to Germany?

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Personal News & Musings

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

This week was a busy one:

⭐ I met the lovely Eleanor Mayrhofer, host of the podcast The Expat Business Show. We’ll announce when the interview is live. In the meantime, check out some of the past episodes.

⭐ I also spoke at an event hosted by SPICED Academy and met some lovely people from around the globe, which was soooo cool. You can view my mini-presentation to see what you missed out on and, better yet, upskill yourself for today’s job market by registering for a course with SPICED.

⭐ 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 employers hiring right now in Berlin.

⭐ Speaking of companies hiring, I made a MASSIVE update to my list of companies in Berlin hiring. I removed companies that no longer have vacancies, updated company descriptions, and added a bunch of new entries. Be sure to bookmark the page, as I plan to update it daily over the coming weeks.

General Community News

🤝 News from our community.

⭐ Our next community mixer will bring us to one of Berlin’s most iconic beer gardens. Join us to meet fellow Berliners, both job seekers and working professionals, to have great conversations over beers. Register now.

⭐ Read last week’s newsletter: The Far-Right Makes Life Challenging for Foreigners in Germany. See our archives for past editions.

⭐ Last week’s poll asked readers: Aside from a photo, do you add any personal information to your German CV? 65% of those who replied said they include their nationality, 30% their DOB, and 6% their marital status. 😱

⭐ While adding nationality to your CV can be useful so that German recruiters understand you need visa assistance, there is no reason to add your birth date or marital status, EVER.

⭐ Participate in this week’s poll and answer: As a foreigner in Germany, what’s been the hardest thing for you to do?

Food For Thought

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

⭐ 🇩🇪 Sifted profiled AI health tech and blockchain startups to watch. A German company is featured on each list.

⭐ Having more than one friend fired while pregnant, this is a must-read for German companies: What to Include in Your Maternity Policy in Germany.

Migrapreneur is hosting an exciting event in Berlin this September, and I’ll be there, too! It will be a gathering of businesses, job seekers, immigrant entrepreneurs, and immigrants to Germany and be an opportunity to interact, network, and impact future prospects. 🙌 Banner

Companies Hiring 

🇩🇪 German companies that are hiring right now. 

⭐ FactoryPal | Berlin

⭐ AutoScout24 | Berlin & Munich

⭐ Reonic | Berlin

⭐ Vinted | Berlin & Hamburg

⭐ Numa | Berlin

⭐ Holidaypirates | Berlin

⭐ Statista | Hamburg

German startups that recently received funding.

⭐ Faircado | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Cloover | Berlin | Jobs

⭐ Helsing | Munich | Jobs

⭐ shipzero | 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.

⭐ What’s changing for foreigners in DE this month? You can officially get dual citizenship and apply for the new Opportunity Card, among other things. The Local also offers a deep dive into the various changes in citizenship and immigration.

⭐ German officials foresee the Opportunity Card bringing in at least 30,000+ new workers. Read about how to find work on an Opportunity Card.

⭐ Germany has experienced the highest number of naturalizations in 23 years. So many people applied for citizenship in Cologne that they’ve had to stop accepting new applications. 🤯

⭐ Wealthy nations with declining birth rates and aging populations are all vying to attract skilled workers to prop up their economies. Germany is no exception, as it tries to woo nurses from Brazil and bus drivers from Kenya.

⭐ In all things iccccckkkk, Germans now feel emboldened to continue uttering racist chants in public. Oddly, some people seemed surprised to learn that wealthy Germans are racist, too. This pervasive attitude is reflected in surveys showing Germans want to see less immigration. 😠, the first VC of its kind, received €15 million in the first close of funding to support LGBTQ+ founders in Europe and is well on its way to meeting its overall objective of securing €50 million. 🌈

⭐ Bavaria’s digital minister, Fabian Mehring, slammed Berlin’s tech scene, saying, “I’d put Bavaria ahead of Berlin.” He plans for Munich to become a serious contender.

⭐ Both wages and inflation have gone up in Germany.

⭐ 🤒 German employees calling in sick to work is at an all-time high in 2024.

⭐ Moving abroad can be hard for some. Learn how to manage an identity crisis while navigating between two places you consider home.

⭐ BER has dubiously been awarded the honor of being the “best airport” in Europe. Somehow, people forgot that it opened 9 years late and €4.5 billion over budget. 🙃

⭐ Speaking of airports, Tempelhof, an airport turned beautiful public park, is again(!) in danger of losing space to expensive real estate. Thankfully, locals are resisting. It’s unnecessary to destroy a beloved community feature when Berlin has land for almost 250,000 new flats.

⭐ The ridesharing scene was getting out of control, so the Berlin senate ordered the removal of 1600 illegal cars.

The Berliner has shared their monthly feature of what to do in the Hauptstadt this June. One super cool event is the Long Night of the Playwrights. They also cover where to eat.

⭐ Head to Spice Junction in Berlin to buy authentic ingredients and cook up some yummy Indian food.

⭐ One of the best things about the German summer is hitting up a Freiluftkino.

⭐ Have you ever spent time in Szczecin, Poland? Read about what to do there. I’ve also written a guide about what to do there.

⭐ Are you planning to visit Germany this summer? Get the lowdown on the 6 things you need to know before making your trip.

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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.