Application: How to Get Your Dream Job

The future is digital. That’s a fact. This also applies to job applications. Where classic application folders used to be printed and sent by mail, online applications and mobile recruiting have now become the norm - digital innovations save you time and money in the application process. 

Business and career networks such as LinkedIn and Xing enable you to network directly with the HR managers of potential employers - job apps and online forms allow you to apply with one click. The paths to one’s dream job have become shorter and more efficient. 69.4% of HR managers are already convinced that applying for jobs via mobile phone and tablet is the future. Let’s show you some possibilities!

Online Application

An online application is generally an application that is sent digitally and not by mail. From the classic e-mail application to an application via job form - there are many different possibilities.  Most large, small and medium-sized companies in Berlin and Brandenburg publish open job positions on their own websites. To find them, search the Internet for local companies in your industry! 

OUR TIP: Make use of our Berlin industry overview to find exciting companies in the region!

Once you have found an open job position that appeals to you, apply either by e-mail or by filling out our job form, depending on your preferences. To apply by e-mail, send your application documents to the contact person specified in the job advertisement. When writing your e-mail, make sure that the application is complete:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (with photo and signature)
  • Certifications, references, certificates, work samples
  • Possibly a personal statement

Send these documents with a short, individual e-mail text that makes it clear that you want to apply. Important: Make sure you have a reputable return address, a topical subject line and that you include your contact details!

OUR TIP: Always send complete and compressed attachments! Files that are too large clog up the e-mail inboxes of people in HR departments. Usually the following file types are accepted in good resolution with a smaller file size: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT. 

More and more companies use “one click applications” in their website job forms to make the application process easier for applicants. With the one click application you load your applicant profile from a business network (e.g., Xing or LinkedIn) or cloud storage (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive) directly into the application form of your desired employer. You apply with one click and do not have to upload all of the documents again.

OUR TIP:Always keep your profile in the respective business network or the application documents in your cloud up to date! So you can use the one click application at any time without worries, because the HR department always receives current data.

The Alternative: Unsolicited Application

Unsolicited applications need to be well thought out and researched. On some websites you will find the note “please refrain from unsolicited applications", and on others you will read detailed information about which documents you should send to a special e-mail address. You can never really know whether an unsolicited application will be received with surprise or irritation. But the majority of experiences allow us to hazard a guess: When in doubt, don’t apply.

If no jobs are advertised, then obviously there are no job openings. If there are no job openings, many companies will not know what to do with your documents and will find it difficult to place or store them. Only companies that have the appropriate resources and the ability to manage a talent pool electronically can process these applications. For all other companies, unsolicited applications can become a problem for which there is no specific solution.

OUR TIP: If you decide to send an unsolicited application, thoroughly research in advance whether the company has the electronic and HR processing facilities for the application! Only those companies who have the internal operational capacity will save your application and, if necessary, store it in a talent pool that can be accessed later.

Regional and Sector-specific Job Platforms

On the Internet you will find many general job platforms that offer jobs in all sectors. On these platforms you can usually search for a location (city or region) as well as for a keyword (e.g., job title, occupation, task, skill, company name, occupational status). The search results displayed will guide you to the individual job advertisements for which you can apply directly. 

The application procedures are very different and vary depending on the job portal. Some portals will direct you to the direct career pages of the companies; other portals allow you to apply directly (after successful login) or you will be provided with a reference number which can be used when applying for a job with the company. 

OUR TIP: Our Talent Berlin job portal is a meta-job portal that combines jobs from more than 10 portals in the Berlin-Brandenburg region in addition to specially hired jobs. Here you will find most available jobs in the capital with just one search. Check it out!

In addition, you will find many online job portals where you can search for jobs in specific industries. A good example is the t3n-job exchange, which specializes in jobs in the digital economy, or the Medi Jobs portal, which has established itself in the market as a medical job exchange. Search the Internet for your industry and related job exchanges in the Berlin and Brandenburg region!

OUR TIP:Use our Berlin industry overview for the industry-specific job search! Here you will find companies sorted by industry. 

Mobile Recruiting

Fast and simple! Many new platforms in the field of mobile recruiting offer this promise. Sound good? It is. Mobile recruiting is perfect for anyone who travels a lot and is familiar with apps and mobile handling.

Mobile recruiting is the term used for recruiting via an app or the Internet, which concentrates on persuading the applicant through mobile technologies. The strategies go far beyond the usual application processes. After the successful creation of a profile, some providers offer direct job offers that match with your details, while others concentrate on browsing job matches via the “swipe principle”. There are even job apps that fully focus on video applications. In the space of a few minutes you will be asked three questions which you will answer in a specified time and the interview is completed. Practical, right? It works in every case.

Another great advantage is that if you are interested, you can send your application documents directly via messenger to a human resources manager, and can also arrange personal interviews in this way. Some companies even offer real-time in-app interviews. As a result, you have all your application processes organized in one place and save time in the process. 

These innovative developments are usually available as job apps for download from the App Store or Google Play, or can be used in a mobile browser.

Career Networks and Social Recruiting

Career networks such as LinkedIn or Xing already count over 7.5 million users worldwide and give you the opportunity to create your own applicant profile, which you can manage at any time. Known as social networks in the business world, these portals allow you to network directly with companies or their HR managers. 

The concept is quite simple: You create an account and select the status that says you are currently looking for a job. This status is displayed to HR managers and is your chance to be found as a specialist and manager. You can also actively search for vacancies in the network's job portal. You can set “job notifications” while conducting the job search, which inform you when new competencies and skills are available in your field. 

If a job advertisement appeals to you, apply directly in the network with one click. You can store and manage your application documents at any time.

OUR TIP: Search for regional companies in your industry and their HR managers on the Internet! As soon as you have researched a contact person, network with them directly in the career network and get them to talk to you about job vacancies!

Another possibility for job search networks are “network meetings” and groups according to interests. Organized according to topic and industry, you can join free of charge, get to know people who already work in your field or dream company and network with them. 

Facebook and the like can also help you find groups you can join and job events you can sign up for. Search the network's search bar for keywords such as “jobs in Berlin" or "Berlin job fair". With one click you will find all the relevant information you need to structure your job search. Take advantage of this opportunity!

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Job Events & Networking

As already described in the "Career Networks and Social Recruiting” section, direct networking with HR managers is a major trend today. Career fairs, career & business meetings as well as regional and industry-specific job events provide the platform for this. 

OUR TIP: In our "Current Job Events” category you will find exciting events in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, sorted by date and occasion. Find out more!

Berlin puts itself on the map as a capital city with a large number of events organized by associations, companies and networks. You can easily find them on the Internet via a search engine or via social networks and register directly online. 

OUR TIP: Use our Berlin industry overview for your event search! Here you will find industry-specific information for the region as well as associated events and networks.

Recruitment Agencies & Headhunters

Especially when it comes to the effective search for qualified specialists and executives, more and more HR departments in Berlin and Brandenburg are turning to the services of headhunters and recruiters. Headhunters are personnel consultants who find and place candidates at a top level for vacancies. Headhunters like to search via career networks and social networks, as well as primarily for medium-sized companies up to international corporations. 

OUR TIP: Always keep your profiles in the career networks up-to-date so that you have the chance to match the qualifications that are being searched for!

Alternatively, you also have the option of storing your application documents directly with recruitment agencies and headhunters. Search the Internet for agencies in your sector and region, get in touch and apply on your own initiative! Some agencies also have their own job platforms where vacancies are advertised and you can apply for them directly. In the case of an agency being used, there are usually no costs for you - these are usually borne by the company doing the searching.