Are you a Software Engineer/ Product Manager, daydreaming about what would it be like to live in Europe but don’t know how to get started and land your dream job?

Are you thinking something like this:

Where should I apply for jobs?
Which companies sponsor visa?..
Is it normal that none of my applications get shortlisted ?
I don’t have time to customise my resume for every company….
How long does it take to get visa ?

Don’t worry — I’ll guide you through it.

Three years back, I was right in your shoes. A colleague of mine got a job offer for a Product Manager position in Berlin. I had always imagined myself travelling places while also doing good professionally. Who doesn’t want to have a fulfilling career while also fulfilling travel goals? So, working in a European city seemed like a perfect opportunity to get all I dreamt of.

1. Where to apply

The aforementioned colleague mentioned that they applied on berlinstartupjobs.com and that’s where I started applying.

The main tech hubs in Europe are Amsterdam, London, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, so it is also worth applying on londonstartupjobs.co.uk, dutchstartupjobs.com etc.

StackOverflow jobs also provides filters for Visa Sponsorship.

LinkedIn Jobs gives location filters but one has to specifically look for Visa Sponsorship perk in Job Description.

It took me sending more than 50 applications to different companies before I got a reply from some of them.

2. Give personal touch in job application.

Most European companies, especially german companies, look for experienced (min 5 years) people from overseas.

Even though I didn’t have enough experience at that time, my resume stood out for some companies because I had put some efforts in customising my resume. I highlighted my major project (in Biotechnology) for the companies operating in Healthcare, while for other domains I didn’t even mention major project and focussed more on work related things.

Tools like eresume.tech can be used to build and customise your resume by including /excluding specific information.

3. Find references.

European, again especially german IT job market, relies heavily on referrals. Having a reference also increases your chance of getting shortlisted and even selected. I’ve had a colleague whose interview process got shortened just because I gave good references for him.

So open your LinkedIn contact list, look for people already working in the companies you can apply in, and ask for their references.

4. Visa process

After I got the offer from a german company, I got a Visa appointment in Bangalore, India in 2 weeks and it took 1 week to get the Visa after the appointment. IT is considered as a shortage profession Germany and the visa process is fast under normal circumstances.