The demand for English teachers in Germany is high and the country is home to some of the best-paid English teaching jobs in Europe, but not all locations are equal. More than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is still a divide between East and West Germany. Eastern Germans are likely to be less proficient in the English language, and jobs in the former East Germany are less popular with EFL teachers. However, this provides rich opportunities for teachers who aren’t bothered about going to the most popular cities.
For TEFL teachers who are EU Citizens - travelling to Germany and pounding the pavement once they arrive - turning up at a school smartly dressed with your CV in hand can be one way to get into a job, as can word of mouth. Appearance and presentation are of the utmost importance in Germany – more so than in other countries. No teacher will be hired without a face-to-face interview (either in person or via Skype) and you should be well presented and dressed formally. Your manner should be polite but also formal, especially in big cities where the industry is fast-paced and professional.
If you're looking for a secure route to teaching English in Germany, consider a job at a state-run school. Both primary and secondary schools in Germany hire native English speakers to assist in classroom learning, usually offering successful teachers a one-year contract. These positions are relatively well-paid, with secondary schools offering slightly more than those teaching younger students.
Peak hiring times tend to happen in January and September but it’s also worth keeping an eye on openings throughout the year. You need a minimum of a TEFL certificate to teach in primary schools and often a degree, as well as some experience, to teach in secondary schools.