Working and Living in Germany
Interesting Tips on Working Abroad
Hello, I am here to tell you that finding a job abroad, especially in a country like Germany is a great achievement given the melt down in the Eurozone. But this is only the beginning of a long journey. Here, in this article, I give you quick and pleasant snapshot of how it is like to find a great job in Germany and how to easily settle down with your family, and of course, not forgetting those a few adjustments, and things not to forget when doing this. For more of this read on to find out….
Tips on Working in Germany
Germany offers several options for finding the right employer, beginning with initial online research right through to visits to job fairs. All academicians with a recognized university degree equivalent to German university degree are entitled to the Blue Card single residence and work permit. Professionals with non-academic vocational training outside Germany can take up employment provided there is a shortage of skilled manpower in that profession. You will need a visa and work permit if you are not a citizen of EU member country.
Found an exciting job offer then, it is time to start applying. Send your application documents to the company, after that, the company will, hopefully, invite you for an interview and offer you the job. Read the work contract thoroughly from start to finish before signing it. If you take up employment in Germany which makes you eligible for income tax, and you incurred costs related to this during the previous year, you can declare them and have them deducted from your taxable income. Germany has a well-developed social security system. As an employee, you will receive a social security card with a social security number on it. Give this number to your employer. Keep your card safe as you will often need the number. If you lose your social security card, you can ask the German state pension fund for a replacement.
Finding a residential house in Germany
The moment you have taken up work in Germany, you need a certificate of residence from Foreign Nationals Authority within the first three months of your arrival, and it must be accompanied by proof of employment and accommodation. Rents vary from region to region. Eating and entertainment are generally more expensive. Germany is a tolerant and liberal society by global standards, they say what they mean, get to the point and are so comfortable with all things body/naked/sexual orientation that at some time may make you look like a nun. This is the Germany way of running things, and you will undoubtedly come to love it.
As a statutory insurance payer, you can choose the health insurance fund which you feel offers the best services. When you have chosen your health insurance fund, notify your employer. The employer will then register you with that fund.
Opportunities for family members
Ranging from awesome schools to full football stadiums at the weekend, from leisure parks to exciting career opportunities, Germany has plenty to offer families. So simply bring your spouse and children with you after fulfilling a few conditions. First, you must have rented accommodation in Germany large enough for your family. Secondly, you have sufficient financial means to care of your family. Your spouse is of full legal age, that is, at least 18 years old. The best thing to do is to enquire at the German embassy in your home country.
Emergency Numbers in Germany
For an ambulance and fire department, dial 112 while in case of need, call the police on 110.
Germans like to get the job done and done perfectly. Yes, this is a country that seems to be single-handedly holding up the Eurozone, giving credit where credit is due. You arrive late for a train, oh no look at that, late again, by 20 minutes you mean? Excuse me, what? Oh, now it is cancelled. NO! If a train was cancelled casually like that in other EU countries, I guess there would be anarchy of some sorts or at the very least a large BREAKING NEWS on your large screen. Life here in Germany is more entspannt and less official..