You should apply around 3 months before you graduate or before you would like to start your intended internship. It is important that you start reading up on job offers and the company’s requirements already before. We recommend visiting Career Service Events or career/specialized fairs.
- Cover sheet (optional)
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Current performance overview
- Examination documents/diploma and an overview of your courses
- Certificate of employment/job reference (if existing)
- Certificates of relevant further training
Europass is well suited for orientation, but we recommend to create an individual CV. Your application will stand out positively and will not give the impression that you spent little time on your application.
In Germany, an application photo is not mandatory, but it will give a positive impression. It is important that the photo is taken by a professional photographer and that you pay attention to an appropriate outfit and a friendly facial expression.
Pay attention to the language the job offer is written in or ask the company. If your German skill level is high, we recommend to apply in German. This raises your chances. If you do so, you have to prepare very well for an interview in German. Even though the company requires English skills, this does not mean that you have to apply in English.
This is very varying and depends on the urgency of the filling of the job, the number of applicants, and the closing date for applications. Many companies firstly collect all applications and then make a selection. Two weeks after the closing date for the applications, you can ask for the status of your application.
- Check the responsible contact person and the best way to get to the company. Take your invitation and the telephone number with you.
- Plan your arrival the way that you arrive around 10 minutes before your appointment.
- Read up properly/closely on the company.
- Prepare a self-presentation (about 5 minutes).
- Prepare yourself for questions (e.g. motivation, strengths, weaknesses, …).
- Dress appropriately.
After graduating at a German university your residence permit can be extended up to 18 months. During this period, you can work without any restrictions. For this, you need the following documents:
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of ability to earn a living (e.g. account extracts)
If you found a job which matches your degree, you can apply for the residence permit for the purpose of employment. You have the opportunity to apply for the “EU Blue Card”, too. Further information: sachsen.de