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  1. Hi everyone,   I am writing this on behalf of a friend who has asked for some advice.   The situation: she is originally from another EU country (not Germany) and has been living and working here for 1.5 years in a sales-focused position with a company. She is a member of the health insurance TKK. Her plan is to leave Germany entirely the end of December. She will leave her job on December 15th, and then has just over a week to try and get everything sorted with the deregistering (Abmeldung) and also cancelling the TKK health insurance.    First question: for the Abmeldung at the KVR is it enough to just have the one-way ticket to your home-country and ID/passport or are other documents required?    Second question: will the document received from the KVR stating the successful Abmeldung be enough proof to cancel the TKK health insurance? I have read some threads already regarding this topic and they mentioned in some that you will need proof of your new address in your next country or else proof of health insurance in the new country. However, in my friend's country (Spain), the healthcare is universal and there is no document that one receives as far as she is concerned. It makes sense to me that the Abmeldung document is enough as it officially then declares that you are not planning to continue living in Germany, but I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.   Final question: as mentioned at the beginning, my friend is in a sales position in which commission and bonuses play a large role. In her role, she gets commission when her clients begin new projects. She has clients that will begin new projects in January, February and March. She is paid directly from the company (German) into her Spanish bank account. What will happen in this case with regards to the health insurance and other taxes that are normally deducted each month (e.g. pension scheme, etc.)? Her plan is to go ahead and deregister from the KVR and her health insurance in December and not keep both her health insurance and stay registered in Germany as she will no longer be living in Germany afterwards... If you have any tips here, it would be very helpful.    Many thanks. 
  2. Hi guys,    I just moved to Berlin on a work visa to join a certain startup, I have an appointment to receive a residence permit coming up (NOT blue card). Anyway now I received a better job offer (that could actually allow me to get a blue card), so I want to know if I can apply to the residency permit with the new job offer?  Note:  - My work visa has the name of the first company on it.
  3. So today i have caused minor damage to a colleagues car while working a fork lift. Usually there would be no problem and insurance would cover the damage but i was asked to drive a forklift even tho i have no license for one. I have of course informed my company on this fact and they said it was no problem and since we are short handed someone needs to fill in. I was hesitant but i agreed (i understand that i should have said no). But my problem now is they are talking about me covering the damage for the accident that happened on the company grounds, with the company equipment, after i was asked to do the job and they being informed several times i had no license.  Who is responsible for covering the damage and do i have any legal recourse to refuse to pay?
  4. Hi guys! I work in Dusseldorf, let me tell you the background. I get paid 8 Euros an hour for 78 hours a month. I had to go to the ER to remove an infected tumor in the last week of May. So I call my direct boss and tell him so, and everything seems to go well. Well, this week, I go to give all my papers and they tell me I've been fired AND owe them money for the hours I didn't work in May which they paid me. I have all the papers. My boss will not defend me (they're all a bunch of snakes).   I would like to get the paper that I've been let go so I can go to the Job Center, but honestly, they managed themselves so badly that I also want them to pay me for however long I was out of work for medical reasons. I read that in Germany there has to be a certain official way of telling someone, and that isn't even how they did it. I would like to know what my chances are of 1) getting paid this money and 2) getting this paper while claiming they owe me this money.   I would like to say as leverage I also have the fact that they pay me less than minimum wage if they'd like to get the law involved...   Could you please help? They take advantage of every dummy here and I don't want to be a dummy...
  5. Hello,   Recently I started working in Germany, but the company wasn't the best fit. The decision to part ways at the end of my Probezeit was mutual, and I received my Arbeitzeugnis a couple months later. After careful review, it seems like this Zeugnis doesn't contain anything egregious, but it surely is the bare minimum. I haven't landed a new job yet, and I feel like ever since I started including it in my application, I haven't been getting interviews.   Is this cause for concern? Should I ask the company to have it revised? If yes, should I provide the language I want included, or will they know what to add? I'm kinda bummed, because when I left my job there was no concern regarding my work and the quality of it. My boss seemed to have it out for me regarding my personality though, but we seemingly came to an agreement that things didn't just mesh perfectly in terms of company culture and my own personality.
  6. Hello everyone,   I am an experienced creative communications expert with almost a decade of experience up my sleeve. I come from the non-EU Eastern Mediterranean region and I moved to Berlin 3 years ago because of my German husband. From day one, I realized that I have to learn German to succeed, so I enrolled in classes to learn the language (currently I am at b2.2 level). I also enrolled at a reputable German university and got a second masters degree with an outstanding grade. I did everything that I can do to enter the job market successfully.   Soon after finishing my degree, I started applying to different jobs in the non-profit sector. Three months later, I was invited to interview for a position at a reputable transnational (inter-governmental) agency. I did not get the position that I coveted, but got offered a lesser-level job. The job is far below the managerial position that I had back home, but I took it because of the prestige that comes with working in the institution, which I thought would boost my CV-- part of my pledge to earn the trust of the market & start building a network.    Soon, I realized that my boss is a 28 year-old German woman (I am almost in my mid 30s). In Germany, 28-30 year olds have just finished their studies, or have done odd jobs and an occasional short internship or two. And unlike 28 year olds in fiercely capitalist countries, they lack the maturity that comes with working systematically with a variety of people outside a university setting.    To keep it short, my manager has zero emotional intelligence, with a zero hands-on approach. She is focused more on how excel sheets are organized than reaching project goals on time. She also deliberately isolates us and buries substantial chunks of creative work so that we do not outshine her in front of her superiors. In the past months, the team ended up doing her work and fighting with her to assign tasks so that we can meet crucial deadlines like sending out reports to our funding partner on time and renewing a contract with our IT service provider.    Upper management has fully acknowledged the problem after substantial and continuous proof. It is relieving to know that action is being taken and they will restructure, but this will take a lot of time.   The problem is: Change is very slow and for now, she remains our manager. I am stuck in this rut and time is passing + I feel that I am stagnating at a stage in my life where I should be at a very different level career-wise (a complete horror).   The question is: what does it take to succeed in Germany and to move to the next level? I am not talking about skills in my field because I have very solid expertise that can be built on. I want to know, what is expected of managers here (in the non-profit sector)?    I am a magnanimous person who focuses on the big picture, but who is demonstrably able to strategize and reach project aims. I have the feeling that this managerial style is not appreciated here. I also have the feeling that the concept of transferrable skills and multi-disciplinarity is not much understood.   Should I become an excel sheet lover who speaks in swift excruciating detail + a focused tunnel view? Does this bluff the average German? Should I start practicing? Should I start embracing silos?    How can I move to the next level (elsewhere)? Should I take team management courses? Do Germans like certificates? Would that work?    Am I expected to stay in one single company to reap the rewards of climbing up the career ladder?    What works? What doesn't?   Anecdotes, tips, advice, and constructive feedback are all welcome!     Culturally confused,    Pamela    
  7. prejudice in the workplace

    Hello all,   I've been at this company for almost a year now. The first 6 months as a freelancer, then they hired me and I got a blue card. I was put on a team with a manager that has much less experience and drive than me... but I accepted because simply put, I was desperate to keep this job and stepping down (stepping below bachelor level capacity, I'm MSc with years of work experience) was the only way I could get a job in my field in the first place (not afraid of working my way up the ladder once more).   But this manager is killing me. She is a bully and has no self-awareness. She is condescending and micromanages me on my personal life (it's not even about the work!) - for example, overhearing my conversations with colleagues and using the info later to try and manipulate her way, or even, taking note of how much water I drink, when I drink, and how much I on average fill my cup.. etc. Withholding information that I need for work... creating problems with suppliers, where there were none, and giving them over to me to solve. Lots of double work and overtime covering up her mess. Her bad management is also noted by my co-workers.. but for some reason, I feel like I've become a primary target.   You could say this is simply a matter of bad management and that it happens all the time to people. I would agree. But here's where I need advice: I have tried a few things to passively and actively change/improve my situation. After trying to solve it out with her, to no avail, I tried switching positions within the company, seeking advice from discrete colleagues, even speaking to HR. The result from this last attempt left me dumbfounded... in this company, every time I ask for help it comes back to bite me. HR did not hear me, did not consider my concrete examples describing main issues, did not understand the high school bullying going on - but took my manager's generic 'how to be a good manager' answers given with characteristic imperial poise and accepted them as truth.   So, I'm apparently the problem: my C1 language skills are the reason for the communication gap. HR also said, this is how Germans do it.. this is how professionals in Germany do it... (do not show weakness by talking about team problems)?! One should not talk about difficulties... one should respect the faux-flat hierarchy even if the work is being affected... WTF   Please tell me this is just a bad job experience!
  8. 500 € BONUS FOR NEW EMPLOYEE OR RECOMMENDATION OF A NEW EMPLOYEE We search for: - Sushi chef - Kitchen Help - Dishwasher These are full times jobs and require: -ability to work legally in Germany -knowledge of English or German (kitchen operates in both languages) We offer you: - above average salary - plus tips - meals - 1 month paid vacation **Payment of 500 € after passing the probationary period! MUN Restaurant -
  9. Hi Guys,   I am currently on the hunt for any work that would be available in the rosenheim area, maybe even Munich. I don't speak German but I am very eager to learn. My girlfriend is from the area and I want to move over to be closer for a while without the long distance. Part-time or full-time work would be welcome.   Any advice would be very helpful   thanks 
  10. Hi Everyone,   *A question from a friend without an account*   I have a few questions regarding maternity leave and hope you can help me with my questions.   1. I understood that I get 6 weeks before + 8 weeks after the birth with full salary. After that, it's 67% of my salary. Is it 67% of the gross salary or net? My net is really low as I'm in a high tax class and also have extra private pension and insurance. 2. What happens if I decided to go back to work after 6 months, would I get something to support daycare or any extra money get? For financial reasons, looks like it's better to stay at home with the child but for my career, I prefer to go back to work. Wondering what the law says about that as I couldn't find anything about that.  3. Is it easy to find a kita before 1 year? What can I do if I can't find? Do I get any financial support?   Thanks!!!  
  11. Watering gardens in the sunshine

    Hey there Toytowners,   AwesomEnglish ( is opening a new company: AwesomeGarden! We'll be watering the gardens of apartment buildings. To do that, we need people who: - Can get around the city. At the moment, the jobs we have are mostly near Steglitz, but we have a few around other areas of Berlin. - Have a basic understanding of plants i.e. how much water a plant needs to survive (if you've ever killed a cactus, please don't apply) - Are willing to bike/travel around when the weather is nice this summer, and get paid between 150 and 800 EUR per month, per job, to keep gardens and grass green. - This is not an under-the-counter job, so you will need a visa which allows you to work -freelance- as a gardener or some type of garden worker. An 'unbefristet' work visa satisfies this requirement as well. NOTE: it's freelance because each job is offered individually, with the payment and conditions made clear at the start. You'd be free to set your own hours, so long as you keep the greenery...well, green! That also means that if it rains, you simply write it down, and check once a week, but you still get paid the same. In essence, you'll only have to work when the weather is nice.   We have four jobs that need to start on May 1st, so please get to us quickly. Apply to Ben Bowers at with the subject "Application for Gardening".   Have a great spring!   AwesomEnglish
  12. Hello everyone! is a translation agency based near Hamburg. Currently we are looking for a young project manager, an English native speaker to work in-house for our company.   The description of the position you can find below If interested or have any questions do not hesitate to contact us   E-Mail:  Tel.: 040-819784-200 Mrs Kreutzer    Kind regards Your Team