On this episode, I chat with a job coach about the German job market and what the future looks like. 

English Level: B2 🇩🇪🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. How long is the coaching process? (2:35)
  3. What are the skills employees need to be successful in the German market? (4:16)
  4. The importance of the German language (6:30)
  5. The challenge people in technical fields face during interviews (9:57)
  6. The importance of being honest during a job interview (11:47)
  7. Besides the gaps and honesty, what else are you paying attention to when you look at someone’s CV? (13:51)
  8. Keywords to include in your cover letter (15:34)
  9. Are there differences between the way men and women approach an interview? (18:27)
  10. Gender wage gap/Wage negotiation (20:14)
  11. What do German workers need to do to adapt to the digital world? (26:46)
  12. Where can we find you on social media? (35:28)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Unique (adj.): being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.
  2. To arrange (verb): put (things) in a neat, attractive, or required order.
  3. However (adverb): used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously.
  4. Digital literacy (noun): an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and clearly communicate information through typing and other media on various digital platforms. 
  5. Job application (noun): a form that employers ask job applicants to fill out to learn about their work history. 
  6. Job ad(vert) (noun): an informative text that describes job vacancies and details for potential applicants.
  7. Task (noun): a piece of work to be done or undertaken.
  8. Confident (adj.): feeling or showing confidence in oneself or one’s abilities or qualities.
  9. Negotiation (noun): discussion aimed at reaching an agreement.
  10. To undertake (verb): commit oneself to and begin (an enterprise or responsibility); take on.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. dive into: become suddenly and enthusiastically involved in or occupied with something.
  2. willing to do something: If someone is willing to do something, they are fairly happy about doing it and will do it if they are asked or required to do it.
  3. in high-demand: If someone or something is in demand or in great demand, they are very popular and a lot of people want them.
  4. couch potato: a person who takes little or no exercise and watches a lot of television.
  5. keep in mind: to be careful to remember something important.
  6. go-to person: being a person who can be turned to for expert knowledge, advice, or reliable performance, especially in a crucial situation.

Mistake to Avoid:

(wrong tense) Internationals who come from NOT are coming from. =>Use Simple Present tense for FACTS.

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What did Lisa do before she became a job coach?
  2. What are the types of people Lisa is looking to work with?
  3. (True or False) Sometimes German employers say you can only get a salary increase if your German skills are better.
  4. What is important if you work in purchasing?
  5. What is one challenge people in IT and enginerring face?
  6. Why did the recruiter ask where Lisa’s flute was produced?
  7. Besides the CV, what else is important for a job application?
  8. (True or False) If you meet 100% of requirements of the job ad, you are overqualified.
  9. What is one reason men earn more money than women straight out of university?
  10. How often should you ask for a pay raise?
  11. What is the skilled immigration act?


Question to consider:

What skills have you developed to help you be successful in a digital workplace?


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