I am new to recruiting in Germany; and need some help. We currently have vacancies in country and for bilingual recruiters in our delivery centres to help with a current project.
Germany is becoming known as my teams recruiting black hole; and our client experiences all the same difficulties.
I have, however, been pleasantly surprised that LinkedIn Recruiter has been a pretty decent referral source for STEM Graduates in Germany, with many having profiles in German and English AND response rates at around 35% are above levels I initially expected. I am confident that Campus recruiters speaking just English can recruit in Germany.
However, as we have moved into skilled and specialist roles; things become more challenging; we have had limited success from Germanys selection of job boards and CV databases (inc indeed, stepstone etc) and have had some small success with a LinkedIn recruiter licence and English approaches.
I have lost count of how many recommendations of Xing that I have received over the past week; none of these recommenders though have recruited from it; or even have a profile on it!
Anyway, I am in an experimental stage and happy to give this a go. An internet search showed me they are about to rebrand as ‘New Work’; a move presumably to break them out of Germany; and things look and feel pretty credible. So, I have just given our new Bilingual Recruiter both LinkedIn Recruiter and an enhanced Xing licence. It would appear both have a similar sized user base in Germany and I am looking forward to seeing the results.
Interested in connecting with anyone like me who is currently venturing into new territories and experimenting like me; keen to share and learn.
Xing, the business networking platform that has been described as Germany’s answer to LinkedIn, has made an acquisition to beef up its recruitment business ahead of a rebrand of the business as “New Work.”