What is the role of job placement agencies and what services do they offer?
The job placement agencies offer jobs or employment agreements in Germany on behalf of companies looking for employees. The primary service provided by job placement agencies is matching candidates with companies looking for them. Sometimes they also offer other ancillary services, e.g. support in finding accommodation, registering with authorities, arranging preparatory language courses in the home country or in Germany.
They can also help with official recognition of professional qualifications obtained abroad.
In the preparatory phase, the agencies organise health tests, preparation of visa applications, integration and language courses or testing of language skills (B1- B2 level).
They organise online interviews with potential employers and prepare candidates for the skill level tests or adaptation courses for official recognition of professional qualifications. Some agencies offer a variety of other support services, such as translations, travel and health insurance before entering Germany as well as pick-up service at the airport.
These services can be charged to the applicant or the client. Sometimes they demand payment from both parties for the same service.
Be careful! An additional fee is required for many services.