I OFFICIALLY HAVE A BIG GIRL FULL-TIME POST-GRADUATION JOB!!! pic.twitter.com/F3eZAA0zJE— Courtney (@courtneydmartin) March 24, 2017
That's right, after graduating with my Master's degree from a German university in December 2016, I finally found a full-time job in my field! In fact, today is my first day at my new job (wish me luck!).
Wanting to be as real with my readers as possible, this post will review my experience with applying to and interviewing for full-time jobs in Germany.
First, the hard facts:
Length of my job search: 3 months
Number of jobs I applied to: 24
Number of interviews: 8
Final job offers: 2
I applied to a few jobs while writing my Master's thesis (Nov-Dec 2016), but I didn't really start putting real effort into the job hunt until the new year. I was also very lucky to have a part-time job contract until March 31, 2016. This meant that I didn't have the pressure of needing to find a job ASAP.
Here is a timeline of all the jobs I applied to, and how far in the application process I made it with each position:
Overall, I was very lucky in my job search. I usually got a response (even if it was a rejection email), and I got quite a few interviews. To better visualize this, here is a pie chart of this data:
I got absolutely no response from 25% of the jobs I applied to. Shame on the businesses that do this! Even if it is just a form email, you should reply to all applicants! It's just common decency!
Speaking of form emails, I got those from 42% of the jobs I replied to. Receiving a rejection email is not a great feeling, but it's better than hanging on to hope for a position that already rejected you without you knowing.
For 33% of all the jobs I applied to, I got at least one interview (usually via phone or Skype). I really hate interviewing for jobs, and the first few interviews went quite horribly. However, I also think I got better at interviewing each time. Which ultimately led to...
...drum roll please...
...two job offers!!!
My job search reached its peak when I scheduled two second-round interviews for the exact same day -- the first for 1:00 pm and the second for 5:45 pm.
I got to the first interview about an hour early, so I stopped into a cafe next door and had an espresso. This probably wasn't such a great idea, as I was nervous and hadn't yet eaten anything that day. By the time I got to my interview, I was visibly shaking.
Of course I took an elevator selfie on my way up to the 19th floor office.
I was then placed in a beautiful conference room with one of the best views of Hamburg's Altstadt that I had ever seen. They also made a nice first impression with a little spread on the table. Since I was already shaking from my espresso, though, I just stuck with water.
After this interview, which went until about 2 p.m., I then sat in a café for over three hours until it was time for my second interview. The second interview actually ended up being less of a job interview and more of an employment persuasion. I left with an unofficial job offer and the peace of mind of knowing that my job search was finally over!
The following week, I got final job offers from both of the companies with which I had a second interview, and after a little bit of back and forth, I signed a job contract on March 25th to start on April 18th!
Let me know if you have any questions about finding a job in Germany in the comments below!
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