Applying for a Job in Germany
The post-PhD job search can be difficult, especially when searching for a job outside of academia. The German job market presents specific challenges for international PhD candidates. It is often less flexible than the job markets that candidates may be familiar with from their home countries or from prior academic exchanges, and potential cultural differences create invisible hurdles that candidates might not be aware of. Successfully navigating the job market in Germany requires not only a basic knowledge of how to correctly formulate your cover letter and application, but also a solid understanding both of what German employers value in an applicant and what the expectations are for applicants.
In this workshop, we will go through the application process from start to finish and examine each aspect of the job search – from how to find a job that fits your profile to what really matters when crafting a strong application. During the process, we will focus on what having a PhD means for candidates in Germany and what expectations employers have. At the end of the workshop, international PhD candidates will be well prepared to approach creating a strong application for the German job market and will be better equipped to make career decisions for the future.
- Cultural background: understanding German employers and the job market
- Looking for a job: the job search and my expectations
- The application process: crafting a great application
- Understanding the interview process
This workshop is open to all users of the Hamburg Research Academy. The participation is free of charge.