Searching for a job in Germany as an international can be tough. While there are many opportunities, you also need to apply for a lot of roles to maximize your chances.
As a result, it’s very important to be time-efficient and find the jobs that really fit your profiles. For example, when your German is not fluent yet, we always recommend to focus jobs that don’t require German skills. And don’t waste your time on jobs that require fluent German.
To help you be most effience, we have put together a list of the best websites to search for a new job in 2024.
The Best Job Portals for Internationals in 2024
While there are many different options, the following are out top recommendations:
Let’s look into each of them in more detail. So you know which one is the right one for you.
1. Indeed: The Web Crawler
Indeed is one of Germany’s biggest and most used job portal. They have a strong presence thanks to their iconic TV and online marketing. They also crawl jobs from company’s own websites, so we believe they have the biggest database. Unfortunately, there are only limited filter options.
When is it the right choice for you: Indeed’s a great option if you are looking for the most job offers Germany-wide as it seems to have the biggest database. But keep in mind you will need to do some manual digging because there are no filters for jobs without German or visa support.
2. Stepstone: The Top Dog
Stepstone is Germany’s oldest and most reputable job portal. Backed by powerful investors, Stepstone has the most money to spend and the most features and professional content (e.g. salary reports, free CV builder, etc.). On Stepstone you will mostly find jobs from big companies who have no problem paying their high rates for posting jobs.
When is it the right choice for you: Stepstone is the right choice for you when you are looking for a high-paying job in a big company. However please be aware that you will miss out on some opportunities from smaller companies. They typically cannot afford to post on Stepstone. Also, most of the jobs still require high level of German proficiency.
3. CareerBee: Designed for internationals
Since 2024 there is a new player on the market: We at CareerBee have launched our own job portal!
What makes it different? We are trying to solve the problems of the other portals by having better filter options for internationals. For example, on the CareerBee Job Portal you will find a filter that allows you to select different levels for your German skills. And if you are from outside Germany, you can also filter for companys that will support you in your visa process. This will make searching for the right job for you as an international way easier and less time consuming.
When is it the right choice for you: CareerBee is the right choice for you when you want to be time efficient and find what you are looking for. The filter options are designed with internationals in mind and allow for easy searching. For example, you can filter jobs by their required German language skills level or whether or not they provide support for getting your visa.
4. LinkedIn: The Networking Platform
Linkedin is the world’s biggest professional network. Naturally, having a good Linkedin profile will give you access to more opportunities. However, also keep in mind that there is also high competition on Linkedin. For example, it’s common for German companies to get 100+ applications to their jobs when they post them on Linkedin.
When is it the right choice for you: Linkedin is the right choice for you when you are casually browsing jobs but are not actively searching for a new opportunity. It’s good to be active there, but especially if you are actively hunting for a new opportunity, it should not be the only website you use.
Summary: The best job portals for internationals in 2024
While there are many different websites you can use, it’s important to know which one best fits your needs.
Indeed, Stepstone, and Linkedin all have different advantages and disadvantages. Which one is the right for you will depend on your personal situation. Of course, you can also look at all of them if you have the time.
Make also sure to check our new CareerBee Job Portal that is designed with internationals in mind. You will find great filter options that the other jobboards don’t have so you can save valuable time and find the right job easily.