Immigration Germany. In January 2020, I moved to live and work in Germany under the Blue Card program. This program is for highly qualified specialists, and not just for programmers and doctors, as many people think.\u00a0In 2018, 33 thousand people moved to Europe through it.\u00a0Of these, 27 thousand (83%) of the Blue Card were issued by Germany. Blue Card allows you to work in Germany, after 22 months to obtain a permanent residence permit, then - citizenship.\u00a0In addition, it allows you to transport the family and allows your husband \/ wife to officially work in the country.\u00a0You can also move to another country working with the Blue Card after 1.5 years. Prior to that, I had 14 years of experience in Russian marketing. Mainly in the food IT companies of the b2b segment. Immigration Germany \u00a0Immigration Germany. Thousand Reasons Against The idea of \u200b\u200blife and work in Europe or the United States began to arise from me since 2016.\u00a0But beyond the abstract \u201cA good thing!\u201d\u00a0did not go. It seemed that it was not for me.\u00a0These are some other special people who went to America during the school years under the Work & Travel program, then spent 1-2 years in other countries under student exchange programs, and then changed geography every 3-4 years in international corporations. For them, relocation and a foreign career look organic and natural.\u00a0But for me, who grew up on the outskirts of Yekaterinburg and first visited the European Union only 7 years ago, no. The second obstacle was a banal lack of knowledge of English.\u00a0My confident middle level was suitable for reading and talking while traveling.\u00a0But it was not enough to work in an English-speaking environment. Completed this list is entirely local work experience.\u00a0I made a successful career by the standards of my native country, but outside of it my track record didn\u2019t mean anything. Plus, I had the education of a Russian regional university and a claim to a leadership position. Given these factors, until mid-2019, my ambitions extended only to Russia.\u00a0But then everything changed dramatically. Immigration Germany Mental fracture. Immigration Germany In an effort to tighten English, I chose the option of full immersion and went to a super intensive (35 hours a week) for a month\u00a0language school in Oxford\u00a0.\u00a0Did this stasis become fluent?\u00a0Of course not.\u00a0But there, being the only student from Russia among dozens of students, I finally realized that I passionately want to live and work in a multicultural environment. At the same time, there was a career club\u00a0Dream catch me\u00a0Olga Lermontova.\u00a0She does an incredible job, helping thousands of people structure their approach to careers, goals and job search.\u00a0The club was based in a closed group on Facebook. I got into the very first set and found nearby 400 Russian-speaking motivated professionals.\u00a0They were scattered throughout the world, actively sharing experiences, discussing, experiencing and reaching.\u00a0It was very motivating. Around the same time, my man decided to leave the corporation.\u00a0Since September, nothing else has kept us in Russia.\u00a0The puzzle has developed.\u00a0I realized that the ideal time to move is now. And switched to job search abroad. Immigration Germany How to choose a country to move Separately, I will make a reservation that Germany and Berlin did not appear immediately.\u00a0At first I looked for work all over Europe, including England.\u00a0London was a priority, from which, however, they never answered me \ud83d\ude03.\u00a0In other countries (such as Belgium, the Netherlands) there were few vacancies in my profile. At the same time, my husband and I did an exercise called "Where to move: a rational look."\u00a0Both wrote their own criteria, each of which was assigned weight. In addition to the obvious criteria (such as the cost of living and language), there were non-obvious ones.\u00a0For example, a good bicycle structure was important for my man, and for me to have a lot of things at once (\u201cYou see,\u201d I explained inconsistently, \u201cif I want to choose a yoga studio, then there should be 20 such in the city, and not one ! "). The advantage of the tablet was that it translated emotions into a specific rating that could be compared with each other.\u00a0Then we added there the wildest fantasies in the city of dreams at this period of life. Immigration Germany For example, I instantly entered Chicago, which I have never been to. Example of our tablet with criteria and rating of cities for moving For another moment, I came across an article by Sergei Korol in TZ about Berlin. It told about the city from such a side and with such details that for the first time I had the thought that this city, perhaps, I could have loved. So the focus gradually shifted to Germany. Immigration Germany \u00a0Immigration Germany. Job search process Summary.\u00a0Over the past months, I have rewritten a summary countless times.\u00a0Now I specifically looked - for 2019, I have saved 32 versions of this document. I showed it to acquaintances, members of a career club, native speakers, collected feedback and rewritten again.\u00a0As a result, foreign employers invited me for an interview after receiving a resume in 20% of cases. Niche.\u00a0I am not a Python programmer; startups and corporations are not lining up for me.\u00a0Therefore, I decided that my advantage would be in a narrow specialization - a marketer in the b2b segment in SaaS products. Having appropriately designed my profiles on LinkedIn and Glassdoor, I began to look for vacancies precisely with these keywords.\u00a0I carefully selected vacancies and looked only for leadership positions, so I sent a resume only 33 times.\u00a0For candidates with a more universal profile, the number of responses before receiving an offer may be more than 100. Personalization\u00a0Having found a suitable vacancy, I adapted a cover letter and resume for it (and sometimes wrote again), highlighting important points specifically for this role. Immigration Germany Read also: The Best General Remote Jobs Websites #101 Tongue.\u00a0It remained to resolve the issue with the language.\u00a0It was decided to take the onslaught \ud83d\ude00.\u00a0Since September, I resumed my studies at Skyeng and began to engage in slaughter mode - 6 times a week. I limited the consumption of content in my native language - I unsubscribed from everyone on Instagram, replacing Russian subscriptions with foreign bloggers.\u00a0All my free time, the background included the series \u201cFriends\u201d in the original (in my youth I somehow missed it).\u00a0Plus, I wrote tons of documents during preparation. Training.\u00a0Yes, I was preparing for every interview and every step.\u00a0Collected information about the company and its values.\u00a0I reread the text of the vacancy many times to better understand the requirements and tasks.\u00a0I found relevant tasks in my practice for these tasks and tried to mention them at the interview. I read reviews on Glassdoor, which often contains insights about the company's internal kitchen.\u00a0For each interview I had a separate file.\u00a0But with English, I still panicked wildly.\u00a0Therefore, for the first English-speaking interview in my life, I simply wrote all the possible questions and answers, translated them and memorized them.\u00a0And I'm not joking right now. The preparations went in a rather tight mode, so I had to start a special kanban board in Trello, where the status of each company was monitored and the documents for preparation were stored. Read also: The coronavirus could change how freelancers work in the long term \u00a0Immigration Germany. As a result, 3.5 months have passed since the first CV was sent to receive a suitable offer. Another month was spent on collecting all documents and obtaining a visa with a Blue Card replacement. Having started looking for work in August, in December we already moved to Berlin. Plan B.\u00a0Along with my interviews in Europe, I applied for the\u00a0Atlas Corp\u00a0American program\u00a0, which provides an internship of 12-18 months at the best companies in the US nonprofit sector (mainly in Washington). The advantages of this program are not only in covering all basic expenses, but in the fact that it is designed for specialists up to 35 years old (and not for students, as a rule) and makes it possible to have powerful networking among participants from all over the world.\u00a0And most importantly, gaining experience in the third sector in America's coolest organizations in the nonprofit sector. Atlas Corp program participants are carefully and multi-stage selected from 12,000 applications each year.\u00a0Two months ago, the coveted letter came that I went to the semifinals.\u00a0My internship was supposed to start in May of this year.\u00a0But at that moment I was already living and working in Berlin. Instead of a conclusion You may have 1000 excuses why not.\u00a0But in fact, sometimes you just need to do it.\u00a0Do not stop at endless reflection and self-flagellation at the time of failure.\u00a0Because failures are not about you personally, but such an integral part of the process. Do not stop and look for options.\u00a0Blue Card may not suit you personally, but there are other options. Because the difference between those who wanted and moved, and those who only want, is in the quantity and quality of efforts.\u00a0And there\u2019s no other difference \ud83d\ude09.