How to get a job as a nurse in Germany?

It is no exaggeration to say that Germany is internationally renowned for its advanced medical and healthcare sectors, as well as its high-quality working conditions and many opportunities for health-care professionals. However, moving to Germany, learning their language, adapting to their culture, and integrating into their work environment can be hectic and challenging.


Moving to another country is a life-changing decision and can bring a few challenges. Consider and weigh your options. Make sure you are certain that this is for the best for you, your career and your growth. Gather as much information as possible–do your research. We at I Work Overseas provide our candidates detailed information about living and working in Germany, including the trainings, costs of living, taxation, holidays, and pensions.

It is critical that you have realistic expectations from the start. Persistence and patience are the key. The entire recruitment process itself may take a few months, depending on several factors and circumstances, like response from government institutions, your language skills and many more, etc.

Make your CV stands out

Recruiters spend on average 7 seconds to scan your CV and decide whether you are a good fit for the role. If using AI to scan your CV, it is even less than that. Therefore, to start strong, the first step is a strong CV. This paper shows how well-equipped you are and what qualifies you for the position, and builds the first impression of you as an employee. Update your CV and make it as detailed as possible, displaying both your professional and personal sides, as this can make a significant difference.

Present the best version of yourself

Here at I Work Overseas, after your application we create an online profile for you which is visible to employers in Germany. It is the so called ‘hidden CV’ system, where all they initially see is the most important information - your skills and qualifications. After the first screening, we will invite you for the first interview with one of our recruiters. If it is an online interview, read more on How to prepare for an Online Interview [LINK] where we advise on how to prepare and what to consider.

The first online interview is more of a quick introduction, a chance to get a first impression and see if there is a good fit. This gives both parties a sense of understanding of one another. After a successful 1st interview, Candidates receive an invitation for the second interview with the Employer. This interview often is more detailed interview where you can ask more questions about the professional aspects of the job and the department.

Try to make a good impression

Choose a good time and place for the online interview so that surrounding noise or other people does not distract you. In online meetings or interviews, these things do matter. Attend the interview well prepared and ask questions. Asking questions shows your interest in working with the Employer.

Learn the German Language

To become a fully registered nurse in Germany, there are certain language requirements that you must meet. Language skills are one of the most important aspects of finding work as a health worker in Germany. Starting working as Assistant Nurse or Nurse Trainee requires German at B1 level. To become a fully Registered Nurse, you need to master German at B2 level.

Apply for Visa and Work Permit

To work in Germany, you will need to get VISA, which can be quite difficult and time-consuming process if you do it on your own. I Work Overseas can make the entire relocation process much easier.

We hope you can pursue your dreams and grow your career in German healthcare. It has never been a better time to work as a nurse in Germany.

Get in touch with I Work Overseas to see how can we make this happen for you!

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