The Job Posting

Nowadays you can reach international professionals around the world through online job portals. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when posting your vacancy on the internet.

Many formulations that are common and generally intelligible in Germany could possibly be interpreted differently by international qualified professionals. For example, the "complete application documents" vary by country and region, where an application may include other documents and formats.

Submitting a photo together with your application is not as common in many countries. Therefore, make sure to specify your requirements and to list the required documents.

You should also present the desired application procedure, the job profile and the compensation in a transparent and comprehensive manner. To avoid misunderstandings, you should clearly state, which German language skills (for example according to the European Reference Framework) and qualifications are required. Carefully weigh up what level of German skills are required for the job advertised, or whether the candidate can acquire these skills at work.


Despite including sufficient information in the job posting, prepare yourself for applications that  vary from German standards in terms of structure, content and design.

Many companies write job advertisements for international qualified professionals in English. Whether this makes sense, however, depends on which language skills the applicant should bring to the vacancy.

If you are looking for specialists in a particular country or region, it may be worth translating the job posting into the local language. If you choose to do this, however, ensure that someone in your company can answer questions in this language by phone or email.

Please note that applications can also be sent via e-mail or via an online application process. This saves you and the applicants time and money.

You should also explain whether and, if so, what compensation, will be offered by your company for attending an interview. Without a corresponding passage in the job posting, applicants generally have a legal claim to reimbursement of travel expenses.