Doing Our Part to Help Refugees in Germany

Sociomantic's HR team hosts workshop to help refugees find work in Germany

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Looking for a job is never easy. No matter where you are in the world or which area you work in, having to sort through job ads and prepare for interviews isn’t always what everyone would call “fun.”

Now, picture the last time you searched for a job, and imagine doing that in another country. In another culture. And maybe even in another language.

That’s the situation that many of Berlin’s refugees face right now. They’ve arrived to Germany, and now they have to go through the process of actually settling in, which means finding a job that allows them to pursue life in their new home.

How does the recruitment process work in this country? What’s the best answer for a specific question in a German job interview? What’s the best CV format for German recruiters? It was to answer these questions and many others that we recently organized a job interview workshop for refugees in Berlin, hoping to help those trying to get a new job in this new country. In a company with so many expats—also known as immigrants—it’s a cause naturally close to our hearts.

ImageSo once again we headed to co.up—a space we often use for events in here in Berlin—where we met with a group of refugees who wanted to learn how to best apply to jobs in Germany. The attendees, all very enthusiastic, originally came from Egypt and Afghanistan. The session happened in English, and the evening was filled with questions. Indeed, the questions were so many that the original plan to divide the workshop into a theoretical and practical part had to be scraped in favor of a more Q&A-based approach.

All seemed to agree on one point: settling in Germany is hard. Looking for an apartment, looking for a job, understanding the culture…all those tasks may seem as necessary as intimidating—even if you’ve been living in Berlin for two years, like one of the attendees. The opportunity to have someone explain to them how to best create a CV or behave in an interview was something that all the attendees seemed thankful for—and we were happy to provide this opportunity. In the end, it felt like a fruitful exchange: many questions were answered, and people left at least knowing a little bit more about how things work in this country.

We’re already organizing a new session, in what we hope will be an ongoing series that can, hopefully, assist some of those in Berlin in finding what they are looking for here in this city.