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Age is no barrier for German head-hunters

Recently officials from Germany’s employment agency, Bundesagentur für Arbeitin, went to Finland to showcase opportunities in Germany at the TalentIT recruitment fair.

Recently officials from Germany’s employment agency, Bundesagentur für Arbeitin, went to Finland to showcase opportunities in Germany at the TalentIT recruitment fair.

The reason for the visit is that there is an acute talent shortage in many fields, prompting many employers to look abroad for engineers, IT professionals and healthcare professionals.

Outside of attending the TalentIT recruitment fair, officials also presented at the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce. Presenting on the night was the German federal employment agency foreign recruitment expert Jessica Breiholz and her colleague, Matthias Bär.

On language skills, Breiholz said: "You find a lot of people at job fairs who leave their contact information, résumés and even job applications. In the IT sector in particular, large firms will hire people with strong English-language skills,".

Breiholz, also stressed that it is important for people working in the small-medium business sector to learn German.

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On age, the official line in Germany is that age and the experience it brings are highly valued. It means that even job hunters in their 50s are welcome because they are less likely to be looking for a career change and still have a minimum of 15 more years of service.

Breiholz said: "I have not noticed that there is some kind of 'best-before' date, after which workers aren’t wanted on the job."

Age is only a number for German head-hunters, and rightly so.