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Job centre: Job vacancies and job placement - seize opportunities and know your obligations

13th June 2024

Find out how you can best use the support offered by the employment office for your job search.

Job centre: Job vacancies and job placement - seize opportunities and know your obligations

Are you unemployed and looking for a new job? The Federal Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur) can help you. It offers various services to make it easier for you to get back into the labour market. In this text, you will find out how you can use the job offers and job placement services of the Federal Employment Agency and what your obligations are.

What services are available?

  • Job search: On the BA website you will find a huge selection of job vacancies from all sectors and regions. You can narrow down your search according to your qualifications, interests and place of residence.

  • Career counselling: The BA offers free career counselling. You can clarify your strengths, interests and goals and find out which professions suit you.

  • Application support: The BA supports you in preparing your application documents. For example, you can have a CV and cover letter prepared or have your application documents checked for errors.

  • Support for further training: If you want to improve your qualifications, the BA can provide you with financial support.

How can you take advantage of these offers?

  • In person: You can visit the BA in person at your local employment agency. There you will receive counselling and help with your job search.

  • Online: You can also access most of the BA's services online. You can find all the information and forms you need on the BA website.

  • Telephone: You can also contact the BA by telephone. The telephone number is 0800 4 5555 00.

What are your obligations?

  • Obligation to register: You are obliged to register as unemployed with the BA. You must do this within three days of becoming unemployed.

  • Obligation to attend appointments: You must attend all appointments at the BA that you are notified of.

  • Obligation to make an effort: You must make an active effort to find a new job. This includes applying for job offers and attending job interviews.

  • Obligation to co-operate: You must co-operate in all BA measures designed to help you find a new job. This includes, for example, taking part in training programmes.

Who is no longer employable?

In principle, every unemployed person has the right to be placed in a new job. However, there are some exceptions. For example, those who are no longer employable may be

  • Has no willingness to work: Anyone who refuses to accept a reasonable job can be sanctioned.

  • Are not fit for work: Anyone who is unable to work due to illness or disability is not employable.

  • Refusing to take part in a training programme: Anyone who refuses to take part in a qualification measure designed to help them find a new job can be sanctioned.

Important: The question of whether someone is no longer employable must always be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The BA has a margin of discretion here.


The BA offers you a wide range of services that can help you find a job. It is important that you are aware of the BA's services and fulfil your obligations as an unemployed person. This will improve your chances of finding a new job.

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