Weakness is often, to mangle a perfectly good cliche, in the eye of a beholder.
People move to Germany for lots of reasons. Following a loved one who has had a transfer, caring for family, learning experience, new adventures and so on. It can be a dream come true. Eventually, though, most of us have to get back to that reality of making a living. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because your German skills and knowledge of German business culture is not fully up to speed that you are at a disadvantage.
Take it from me: this can be an advantage just as easily. I am a computer guy and while my German is ok now, it was not when I first came over. Since then, I have made a point of focusing on clients in North America. I make the time difference (9 – 6 hours depending on location) a key point of my usefulness rather than a drawback. For my last two full time jobs I targeted US based companies that were fairly small but had need of overnight support.
It was not exactly easy or fast, but after a few months I did manage to land these jobs. Even better, I set myself up as a company here in Germany, so while I am fully employed by those respective US companies they pay me as a contractor/consultant. This makes bookkeeping on their side much easier and makes me even more attractive as an employee. It does make me more vulnerable to job loss, but you have make a sacrifice somewhere.
These days lots of companies are virtual companies (or partially virtual) and do not really care where you are. I have noticed that in the last four months that the jobs on the different telecommuting/virtual job forums have really picked up in terms of quality and quantity. If you are looking for a job for income or perhaps simply because you want the fulfillment that comes with a job, these forums are a great place to look.
They tend to specialize in writing/editing but there is usually a smaller selection of jobs from other fields as well. Here are a few to get you started in the right direction:
- Online Writing Jobs: http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/
- Virtual Vocations: http://www.virtualvocations.com/
- And of course the ever famous Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org
Typical disclaimer: Use these services at your own risk, there are no guarantees.
Just remember, your location and timezone is a strength when you take the time to find the right job.