We all know the stereotypes about Germans and their work ethic. And how it supposedly comes at the price of nearly complete humorlessness. While surely every stereotype is rooted in reality to some extent, memorizing stereotypes should not be your only preparation for Germany’s business world.
If you are not in the lucky, almost privileged position to have been referred to Germany by your employer in your home country, there is much work to do. Finding a job in Germany from abroad takes quite a bit of preparation. Getting a good overview of the general state of the German job market and the options it offers for expats should always be the first thing to tackle after you have made your decision of becoming an expat in Germany. You should also find out where best to look for employment – not only geographically, but also in regard to resources. Different job portals and newspaper ads cater to different audiences, and you might waste your time if you do not pick the right medium from the start.