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What you can get out of a German job expo

What you can get out of a German job expo
Last year's jobmesse deutschland in Berlin. Photo: DPA
The jobmesse deutschland (Job Expo Germany) is rolling into Berlin on Saturday as part of its annual 18-city tour. Here's why you should go if you're looking for a job in Germany.

With around 5,600 "career opportunities" available at Berlin's Job Expo this coming weekend (October 11 and 12), spokeswoman Christine Henschen says there are chances to be had, even for Anglophones.

"This is the expo in the capital and Berlin has developed into a very international city," she told The Local for Job Talk on Monday. "Employers are paying attention."

While she couldn't specifically say that there were people specifically hiring English-speakers, she did say that because of Berlin's booming tourism industry, many of the stands are manned by hotels and restaurants desperately seeking staff.

"In tourism jobs, English is most certainly an asset employers are looking for," she said, while conceding that some German certainly helps.

Last year, the Berlin conference recorded 13,500 attendees over its two days.

But it's not just for the employment offerings that expats should consider going to the sixth round of jobmesse deutschland in Berlin or any of the other cities, including Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.

"There are a lot of other programmes to aid job seekers at the expos, including help with developing your applications package," Henschen said.

Job seekers can go with their resume and consult with a human resources expert on hand about how to optimize their self-presentation for the German job market. A photographer is also there to take professional headshots to include with your resume.

Employers in Germany consider a photo a must on an application package.

"There are not just temporary jobs or shift works, but also people looking for permanent employees as well as education and training opportunities," she told The Local, adding that potential employers are seeking people from students to experienced job seekers.

Stands will be manned by companies such as Andel Hotel Chain, Charite University Hospital, Mercedes-Benz, Berlitz language school and the Berliner Sparkasse bank, as well as various government ministries and recruiting firms.

This weekend's Berlin jobmesse can be found at Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer in Berlin. It will be open from 10.00 to 17.00 and entry is free.

Not in Berlin? Click here to find out when the jobmesse is coming to your city.

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