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A guide for registering as jobseeker

15th April 2024

Registering as a job seeker in a timely manner is important. We'll show you how it's done.

How to register as a jobseeker: A guide to getting your job search off to an effective start

Are you looking for new professional challenges or is your current employment relationship coming to an end? Then it is important that you register as a jobseeker in good time. This step is not only a formal necessity, but also gives you access to support services offered by the Federal Employment Agency, such as the “Jobbörse”. Here you can find out how to register as a jobseeker, what deadlines need to be observed and what the difference is between "registering as a jobseeker" and "registering as unemployed".

When do you have to register as a jobseeker?

Registering as a jobseeker should not be confused with registering as unemployed. You must register as a jobseeker as soon as you know that your employment relationship will end - at least three months before it ends. If you only find out about the termination later, you have three days to register. This is important in order to seamlessly receive possible benefits such as unemployment benefit if you are unable to start a new job straight after the end of your employment relationship.

How do you register as a jobseeker?

The easiest way to register as a jobseeker is online. To do this, visit the website of the Federal Employment Agency and use the corresponding form to "register as a jobseeker online". This digital method saves you time and travelling, as you don't have to visit a branch in person. If you live in Berlin, you can find specific information and resources under "Arbeitssuchend melden Berlin" on the Agentur für Arbeit website.

Steps to register online

1) Access the website: Go to the Agentur für Arbeit site and find the online services section.

2) Registration: If you do not yet have a user account, register with your personal details.

3) Fill in the form: Fill in the online form to register as a jobseeker. You will also be asked whether you are a jobseeker or unemployed - choose according to your situation.

Registering as a jobseeker or unemployed - what's the difference?

Although the terms are often confused, there is a key difference: "Jobseeker" means that you are currently still employed or were not available for other reasons (e.g. parental leave) but are looking for a new job. You register as "unemployed" if you are not in employment and are immediately available. Both registrations can be made with the Employment Agency, depending on which situation applies to you.

Registering as a jobseeker is an important administrative step in your professional career. By registering with the Federal Employment Agency early on, you not only secure potential benefits, but also receive support in your search for a new position. Use the online services to make this process as simple and efficient as possible. Remember to register in good time and bear in mind the differences between being a jobseeker and being unemployed.

And what happens next? 

Registering online as a jobseeker offers numerous benefits and opportunities that go beyond simply registering. Once you have registered as a jobseeker on the Agentur für Arbeit platform, you will have access to a variety of resources and support services that can improve your chances on the labour market. Here are some of the key steps and benefits available to you once you have registered.

Personalised advice and support

After registering, you may be assigned a personal contact at the Employment Agency. This counsellor will work with you to understand your career path and goals and can help you find a suitable job. The counselling also includes support in creating or optimising your CV, preparing for interviews and, if necessary, further training measures.

Access to job offers and placement

The Employment Agency has an extensive database of job vacancies on its “Jobbörse” (job exchange platform), which is constantly updated. As a registered jobseeker, you have access to this database and can search for jobs that match your qualifications and interests. Your counsellor can also suggest jobs directly and help you with your application.

Further training measures

If you need additional qualifications to improve your chances on the labour market, the employment agency can finance further training measures, e.g. with a “Bildungsgutschein” (education voucher). These courses range from short-term training courses to more extensive retraining and can help you to adapt your skills to the current requirements of the labour market. For example, if you would like to train in IT, there are a variety of bootcamps in different course formats (e.g. full-time or part-time, online or on campus) that enable you to make a lateral entry into the tech industry.  

Support with mobility

If your job search requires you to relocate, you may be able to receive support for relocation costs, travelling expenses or double housekeeping. These supports are designed to make it easier for you to take up offers outside your current place of residence.

Networking opportunities

The Federal Employment Agency regularly organises job fairs and networking events, which provide an excellent opportunity to meet employers in person and make contacts. As a registered jobseeker, you will be informed about such events and often invited to attend. In addition to the numerous online job platforms, you should definitely also use these opportunities for networking.

Support with setting up your own business

If you are considering becoming your own boss, the Federal Employment Agency offers advice and financial support for setting up your own business. From business planning and subsidies to special courses for founders, the agency can support you at various levels.

Long-term advantages

By registering as a jobseeker at an early stage, you not only secure potential benefits such as unemployment benefit if you lose your job, but also ensure that you don't waste any time if you suddenly find yourself looking for new employment. In addition, proactive registration shows potential employers that you are committed and serious about your professional future.


Registering as a job seeker is an important step that goes far beyond formal necessity. It opens the door to extensive resources and support from the employment agency that can help you advance your career. Use the online platforms and services on offer to maximise your chances of a successful job search. Remember to register early and actively work with your counsellor to make the most of the resources available.

If you are considering a further education programme in IT, our Admissions Team will be happy to advise you on the individual bootcamps and funding options.

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