Best IT Job Agencies

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Hello, I am currently looking for a job in the IT area and would like to send my CV to some job agencies. Are there any good agencies that people would recommend? I am an Irish citizen so I can legally work in Germany and I speak fluent German.

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3 hours ago, mike kelly said:

Hello, I am currently looking for a job in the IT area and would like to send my CV to some job agencies. Are there any good agencies that people would recommend? I am an Irish citizen so I can legally work in Germany and I speak fluent German.

 

Why do you want to send your CV to agencies ?

 

Why not apply directly to companies ?

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I'm always baffled by the IT guy who needs internet technical help...meanwhile, the Art History graduate somehow finds a job without asking for "search" suggestions.

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Here's a list of headhunter firms in Germany - including several for ICT.

 

I don't have any personal experience with any of them - I've been contacted in the past, but apparently word has spread that I'm an independent contractor and want to stay that way.

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6 hours ago, mike kelly said:

Hello, I am currently looking for a job in the IT area [..]

This is a give away...

 

Real IT folks know that it is such a broad business and you can't be a jack of all trades... You need to be more specific about your previous experience and field of work to get people interested...

 

If you'd do so, you might get PMs on this forum... 

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11 minutes ago, franklan said:

This is a give away...

 

Real IT folks know that it is such a broad business and you can't be a jack of all trades... 

 

True, but if people ask what I do, I just say IT. I’m assuming he would put a bit more detail in his resume. 

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32 minutes ago, catjones said:

meanwhile, the Art History graduate somehow finds a job without asking for "search" suggestions.

 

If they happen to already have a taxi license. :lol:

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6 minutes ago, jaycool said:

 

If they happen to already have a taxi license. :lol:

 

Na, when it comes to  "the Art History graduate somehow finds a job without asking": Art History graduates only find jobs with asking, they usually ask "Zum hier essen oder zum mitnehmen?"

 

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20 hours ago, RenegadeFurther said:

 

Why do you want to send your CV to agencies ?

 

Why not apply directly to companies ?

 

So they can find a job for me. Yes, I can search myself but I guess that agencies know the market better.

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17 hours ago, jaycool said:

 

True, but if people ask what I do, I just say IT. I’m assuming he would put a bit more detail in his resume. 

 

Yes, I do!

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22 minutes ago, mike kelly said:

 

So they can find a job for me. Yes, I can search myself but I guess that agencies know the market better.

 

Agencies don't know your skill sets, your education or your life history.

 

If you have this attitude you will really struggle to find a job and to hold it down. 

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You may have to research which agencies are in active in which area, some operate Germany wide, other not so.


Call up the agency and ask to speak to someone, think of them as an employer that sell your time and skills to other companies. Go in to this with the same info you would need if it was an interview direct with a company. 
Where do you want to work (city?), what jobs are you interested in etc?

If you speak fluent German then just approach this as you would in Ireland.

Agencies are good for getting in to the market and they are also good at getting you into an entry position if you lack experience.

 

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1 hour ago, cb6dba said:

think of them as an employer that sell your time and skills to other companies. Go in to this with the same info you would need if it was an interview direct with a company. 


 

 

I agree. Remember that the interview with them is going to go well, no matter what you do, though, so don't use it to measure your ability to interview.

 

They make money (from the employer) if they can get you hired, so they couldn't really care if you're good or not and they'll set up interviews for jobs that don't necessarily fit your skills.

 

1 hour ago, RenegadeFurther said:

 

Agencies don't know your skill sets, your education or your life history.

 

If you have this attitude you will really struggle to find a job and to hold it down. 

 

It's their Job to find out what your skills and education are. Going through an agency isn't a negative thing and has nothing to do with attitude. They know of positions that you would never even hear about and can offer you to many companies and see if one bites. It supplements, not replaces, the normal job search. I didn't get my job from them, but I recently used an agency for exactly those reasons.

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The correct agency for you will depend on your skill set, and the type of role you are after. Foe example IT contractors would want to use a specialist agency for their specific contracting skill set (SAP etc). If you are not in that bracket, you can always start with the usual high street agencies, all of whom will usually have permanent IT roles - the obvious ones you probably know from Ireland should do it - Manpower and randstad are both big in Germany.

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1 hour ago, RenegadeFurther said:

 

Agencies don't know your skill sets, your education or your life history.

 

If you have this attitude you will really struggle to find a job and to hold it down. 

 

WHY SO NEGATIVE? OBVIOUSLY i WILL GIVE HIS INFORMATION TO THE AGENCY.

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Just now, mike kelly said:

 

WHY SO NEGATIVE? OBVIOUSLY i WILL GIVE HIS INFORMATION TO THE AGENCY.

 

That's just him. Don't take it too personally.

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1 hour ago, mike kelly said:

 

So they can find a job for me. Yes, I can search myself but I guess that agencies know the market better.

 

It is worth noting that the german market is quite different from the other job markets I have experience of (and I suspect ireland) in that there is fairly storng resistance to agencies and large numbers of companies simply reject any applications that come through headhunters.

 

Not all, and of course there are some agencies which really do have established relationships with companies, however they all say they do and it is mostly lies.  I would expect that you will simply wait weeks while they call you offering roles all over the Germany that never amount to anything.  FWIW I have been here for almost a decade and about half the "hot jobs perfect for me" are located somewhere in the UK, and not even from close to where Im from.

 

Does that mean you shouldnt use an agent?  No, not exactly, if I lost my job Id get onto a couple of them immediately but I wouldnt trust them to find me a job remotely.  I tried that from London and I had much much better success myself applying directly.

 

Sorry if that sounds negative but honestly it is my experience with agents here.  People that are easy to place get hawked around the same 4 or 5 companies that are known to deal with agencies and everyone else gets forgotten.

 

Edit: for what its worth, I worked with these guys with them finding staff for me and they are the only people I had a good experience with: http://www.t4ssolutions.co.uk/about-us/

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6 hours ago, mike kelly said:

Yes, I can search myself but I guess that agencies know the market better.

 

In the past, gulp.de had some good market information, but it is mostly geared towards freelancers. 

 

You might be able to get a feel for which agencies are active by constructing a profile on Xing and scanning some of the boards which are focused on projects or jobs. 

 

Good luck. 

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4 hours ago, mike kelly said:

 

WHY SO NEGATIVE? OBVIOUSLY i WILL GIVE HIS INFORMATION TO THE AGENCY.

An IT-guy that hasn't yet ripped out the caps-lock key on his keyboard? Pffft...

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On 9.1.2018, 17:07:32, zwiebelfisch said:

 

It is worth noting that the german market is quite different from the other job markets I have experience of (and I suspect ireland) in that there is fairly storng resistance to agencies and large numbers of companies simply reject any applications that come through headhunters.

 

Yep. In my experience established companies are rather unlikely to work with agencies. The jobs you find through headhunters are mostly from start-ups with sky-high expectations for a "rockstar/ninja/guru" developer which they can't fill on their own.

 

In 7 years that I'm working as a dev in Berlin now I never got a job offer after an interview set up by a headhunter.

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