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Finding a job

Are you looking for a job in Germany that correspondings to your qualifications? In this section, we'll show you different ways to find the right employer in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion -- from your first online search to job fairs in Germany or your home country. 

One way to find work in Germany is to come here and look, of course! To do so, you can obtain a six-month visa from one of Germany's diplomatic representations abroad. These entities can also provide you with detailed information on what you need to apply. 

For example, you will need to submit proof of a university degree and your ability to support yourself on your own during your stay in Germany. As soon as you find a suitable job, you can proceed with applying for the necessary residence permit and start making yourself at home in your new country.  

Did you finish your studies at a university in Germany as an international student? If so, you have the option of remaining in the country for one year after graduating in order to find work. 

At a glance

Citizens from outside the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) who have a university degree and a visa that enables them to look for work meet the corresponding requirements for coming to Germany.
These visas are limited to a period of six months.
You must provide proof of your ability to support yourself on your own.
International graduates of German universities can stay in Germany for one year after finishing their studies in order to find suitable employment.

Please note: 

A visa for finding work does not permit you to work! (§ 18c, sec. 1, p. 2 of AufenthG)

As soon as you have found a suitable job, you can apply for the EU Blue Card or another residence permit that enables you to work and remain in Germany (without needing to leave in the interim).

Here you find more information about getting a work permit in Germany and about the EU Blue Card:

Second KIT Career Fair

In the section below, we have assembled a number of useful tips to aid your search for suitable employment in the region. You can look for jobs at career fairs, in regional newspapers, or on the Internet, for example (link to each section). The advantage of career fairs is that they enable you to learn about many companies in the area and make initial contact with them, as well. Below, we present a selection of well-known fairs in the region.

Career fairs


Take a few copies of your job application materials along with you to these events; you may have the chance to put them right into the hands of some companies, even if they don't have any openings at the moment.


The Saturday editions of regional newspapers and nationwide periodicals like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Die Welt, or Süddeutsche Zeitung include large sections devoted to job postings. 

Brief overview of regional newspapers: 

  • Badische Neueste Nachrichten (BNN)
  • Badisches Tagblatt
  • Die Rheinpfalz
  • Pfalz-Echo
  • Pforzheimer Zeitung
  • Der Kurier
  • Stuttgarter Zeitung

Posting your own ad

Haven't had any luck so far in finding the right job offer, or the company you'd like to work for doesn't have any openings at the moment? To complement your search, you can take matters into your own hands by advertising your availability online or in newspapers. Alternatively, you can create a free online profile that includes your qualifications and professional experience on the Federal Employment Agency's job portal or a variety of business networks.

This will enable companies that are interested in your profile to contact you, which is a common practice in Germany.

In advertisements like these, keep things short and sweet with the most important information, such as:

  • The type of position you're looking for
  • Your previous jobs and qualifications
  • Career milestones
  • Your preferred work location

Interested companies or placement agencies will then have the opportunity to respond to your profile. 


The Internet offers myriad ways to find your next job in Germany, of course -- no matter whether you're still in your home country or in ours. Here, we've listed the most important job websites in the region.

Job portals and Company websites 

In addition to notifying the relevant public institutions about their job openings, many German companies post them online themselves. This means it's a good idea to keep an eye on popular job portals and social networks. You can also look up the companies that are most associated with your profession in Germany.

Plenty of these companies post job openings on their own websites. The corresponding sections of these sites can usually be found under "Stellenangebote" ("job offers"), "Karriere" ("career"), "Vakanzen" ("openings"), or simply "Jobs".

Employee placement agencies

Private placement agencies that find a suitable job for you are another alternative. However, these organizations can charge jobseekers upwards of €2,000 for their services.

Germany's state institutions also post open positions on their websites. The following represents an overview of the most important addresses.

Federal Employment Agency

Federal Employment Agency in Karlsruhe

This official portal for those looking for work is one of the most prominent in Germany. Helping citizens in Germany and elsewhere find employment is one of the agency's main functions. You can search for open positions that meet certain criteria at the Federal Employment Agency's Website (AA). While the search engine is available in English, French, and German, most jobs are posted only in German.


Many of the postings from the Federal Employment Agency portal can also be found on the job exchange of the site "Make It in Germany". There, you can search for openings in professions where Germany has need of skilled employees.  

Contact Federal Employment Agencies in the TRK

Federal Employment Agency Karlsruhe-Rastatt


Brauerstr. 10

Federal Employment Agency Baden-Baden


Gewerbepark Cité 1

Federal Employment Agency Bretten


Weißhoferstr. 70

Federal Employment Agency Bruchsal


Kaiserstr. 97



Federal Employment Agency Bühl


Hauptstr. 106

Federal Employment Agency Ettlingen


Schloßgartenstr. 24

Federal Employment Agency Gaggenau


Luisenstr. 41

Federal Employment Agency Rastatt


Karlstr. 18

Federal Employment Agency Waghäusel


Philippsburgerstr. 1

International Placement Services (ZAV)

ZAV is an excellent point of contact for those who are interested in finding work in Germany, but do not yet live in the country. As part of the Federal Employment Agency, one of its core purposes is serving as an intermediary and source of advice at the international level. 



The Federal Employment Agency is also a member of the network of European employment agencies known as EURES.

This network is committed to providing advisory and placement services that promote the mobility of jobseekers in Europe. EURES also offers both interesting job perspectives and support programs.

Anyone interested can obtain further information from each country's EURES advisors. At the EURES website, you'll find job offers from 31 European countries (including Germany), as well as country-specific information on living and working conditions and contact information for EURES consultants. The portal is available in 25 languages. 

In addition, European Job Days are held in many European countries in the spring and fall of each year as part of EURES. The job openings presented at these events also include offers in Germany.

You can find out when European Job Days are scheduled to take place at the EURES website or the EURES Facebook page or by consulting the EURES advisor directly in your country of interest.

Further information

Further information at:
Tel. +49 (0)228 713 1313