Recruiting 101: Work from Anywhere! Tips on Landing a German-Based, Fully-Remote Position

Oct 5 / Thomas Bartelsen

Covid has accelerated home office in Germany.

According to a recent study by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, corona has doubled the share of home office in Germany to roughly 20 percent on average.

In Germany, many companies have embraced the concept of remote work, offering individuals the flexibility to work from anywhere. 

And still, some companies try to get their employees (fully/or partially) back into their offices.  
This article explores the different avenues to find remote work opportunities and the relevant employers in Germany, enabling individuals to embrace a location-independent career and unlock their potential.

Covid has accelerated home office in Germany.

One effective method to find remote work in Germany is through online job portals such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Indeed. These platforms offer a wide range of job postings catering to remote work. 

Several websites are specifically dedicated to connecting individuals with remote work opportunities. Platforms such as Remote.co, Iamexpat.de or We Work Remotely curate remote job postings from various industries and make them easily accessible to job seekers. These specialized platforms often provide additional resources, guides, and tips for those pursuing a remote work lifestyle. Regularly checking for new job postings while tailoring one's profile to match the requirements can significantly increase the chances of finding remote work opportunities in Germany. Likewise, you can activate job alerts here.

But suppose you want to focus on a specific industry and area. In that case, it might be relevant for you to check out the Kununus function, as they offer an option to filter for such criteria. While the information might be less than 100% valid, it gives you a starting point.
Networking and joining professional communities can significantly enhance one's chances of finding remote work opportunities in Germany. Platforms like Meetup and Eventbrite host industry-specific events, workshops, and conferences, providing a platform for professionals to connect with like-minded individuals and potential employers. Active participation in online forums, LinkedIn groups, and social media communities can also help build valuable connections, gain industry insights, and discover remote work opportunities through referrals and recommendations. A complete guide can be found here.

Asking the right questions during the interview phase:

While some roles allow for remote work or a hybrid schedule, many require weekly on-site presence, team event travel, or a base in Germany. Therefore, it's essential to ask during the interview what the specific expectations are. So, if that's not mentioned during the recruiting process, you should ask to avoid misunderstandings.

One bonus tip: search for the term workstation in job ads. 

There has been a movement that allows for partial work outside of Germany (i.e., Spain) for a limited period where you can work from Spain. Why is that important? Let's say they offer 90 days workation per year. You could spend 90 days with your family at home while working and have your "real" vacation afterward.

In conclusion, Germany offers abundant remote work opportunities. Individuals can unlock a world of possibilities with the right approach and resources. By utilizing online job portals, freelancing platforms, networking opportunities, and remote work-focused websites, individuals can increase their chances of finding remote work opportunities and embark on a successful remote work journey in Germany.

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