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1. Posted by Seanvb (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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Hi all,
I will be travelling to Germany in March 06, for the purpose of living and working (for at least a year).
I have free accomodation for around a month i think, but then, i will need to find a place.
Is there anyone else out there who:

1. Has any ideas regarding cheep long term accomodation in Frankfurt, Germany.
2. Is thinking of doing the same, and might want a flat mate?
3. Has any advice for me.

p.s. I am an English speaking Australian, from the I.T Industry learning German. My German is not that good, but i plan to do a course once over there to improve. Any ideas what sort of agency might be able to provide a job placement for english speakers?

Thanks in advance for any comments and well wishes!
;)
sean

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Hi Sean,

first of all I have to make sure you we are talking about Frankfurt (Main) as there´s another Frankfurt (Oder) in the eastern part of Germany.
For shared accomodation in Frankfurt (Main) I´d recommend checking the blackboards at the universities. You usually find quite an amount of offers there, and people are also looking for flatmates on http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wg-zimmer-in-Frankfurt.41.0.1.0.html and http://www.studenten-wg.de/angebote_lesen.html?stadt=Frankfurt%20%252F%20Main.
Regarding jobs for English speakers, I´d try all the popular recruitment agencies. And if you don´t mind working in a bar for a start, I´m sure you shouldn´t have any problems finding something.
Hope this helps,

Steff

3. Posted by svaens (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi Steff,

This is the original seanvb (i lost the password to the old account).
Thanks for your reply. I am of course talking about Frankfurt Am Main. I have done my bar course, and i don't in principle mind working behind a bar to start with. I still have to work out visa details however.... such as if there is any problem going from the working holiday visa to getting a proper working permit after Job offer.

Yep. I will try the popular recruitment agencies. And will try the Universities for share accomodation. Thanks.
sean

4. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Hey sean!

I am not sure how many postings they have, but one website to check would be craigslist.com. There have postings for most major cities in Europe...I am pretty sure that I have seen one for Frankfurt. As for the job...you might want to try expatriates.com...again another obscure website. But hey it landed me a job in Greece and fast...so maybe it will work for you as well. Good luck on your quest and let me know if you need more help!

-Grace Marie

5. Posted by svaens (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi Grace!
I have actually come across that expatriates site.... .... and it did look a little obscure.... and i wasn't sure if it was specifically there for helping one nationality.... .american or british maybe.... or if it was generally for all english speakers..
But now that you have told me a little of your story... .and that it got you a job..... i will certainly look further into it! Thanks.
I will also look at the craigslist site. Any little tid-bit of information will help! I might actually ask you how you went about it if you don't mind!
:)
sean

6. Posted by svaens (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

ok guys, just an update for those who are interested. This mostly applies to Australian, Canadian, Israeli, Japanese, South Korean, New Zealand and US citizens.

I have contacted the German consulate here in Australia and they basically said that there is no problem getting a job in Germany in I.T (which is my field of expertise). For those Australians Canadians etc etc we can get a job offer in Germany on either a holiday visa or better, a working holiday visa (which at least allows one to work for 90 days) then once we have a job offer ( or at least already working) one may apply for the residence permit, which gives you the right to work permanently.
Hopefully finding a job then is easy... cause i think that is all i'm worried about now. Visas are no problem.

Anyone experienced anything different from this? Or heard differently?

7. Posted by ettequit (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello i am an english speaking american and will be moving to germany in feb 06. my wife is from slovakia and was accepted to a phd program in gottingen. i will be attending a language school once i arrive. i am wondering if it will be difficult to get a job quickly since i dont speak german? do businesses hire only english speaking? i have previous restaraunt experience. basically i just want to make sure it wont be difficult to find a job. can anyone answer these questions

josh

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