Meetups are happening on every corner in the city and some of them are for startup companies literally searching for new people to share their ideas with. Even the social media sites where you use to post your greatest selfies could be your secret weapon. Sometimes advertising yourself in on a job search page can be the most effective and the quickest way to find a job.
Do not underestimate yourself
Some people think that it's better to lower your rate to find a job easily. But it's not that simple. What's not that simple is that your skill and your experience can't/shouldn't be estimated by yourself. In many cases, what you have to offer may be more valuable to someone than you think it is. And secondly, a company would get suspicious about your work. "Such a low rate.. is this person that incompetent? Your rate shows your value. Chin up. Shoulders back. Do not underestimate yourself.
Not having much experience in any one particular industry, I wasn't really confident and was losing motivation day by day, especially after getting rejected by tons of companies for this reason or another. So hoping that you don't have to go through what I had experienced, listen carefully and try anything that you think would be a good step. Keeping an open mind is key.
Time is money?
Time management is very important. Also things here take time. It's not unusual to get a reply from a company after two weeks saying that you have proceeded to the next round. You have to be patient. But that doesn't mean you don't have to do anything in the meantime. I know the vortex that is YouTube may be calling you but resist. You have the power. Resist! From my experience, I got messages back from companies if I sent a follow-up message just as a friendly reminder of my interest and passion. Additionally, you can get more insight into the company by following them on social media.
How to Apply for a Visa
Mainly freelancers here are basically categorized in two groups; those who are currently on another visa/permit but applying for a freelance visa, and those who are now on working holiday visas. Since a working holiday visa allows you to stay here for up to 365 days, as long as you want to make a living here more than one year as a freelancer, you have to apply for a freelance visa at some point. And yes, it is quite a hassle. Apart from all those documents you need to provide, you may find that things don't go the way you want them to. I heard so many people complaining about how long they have to wait to process just one thing, or if you are not familiar with the language, you might have a hard time just to understand what people at immigration are asking for. But be patient, things will turn around. So just to be prepared, here are the things you may encounter.
Applying for a visa
As you may know, you can find some information on how to apply for the visa online. Although you can find what you'll need to take with you on the official website and you think you have prepared them without any missing documents, it is always nerve-racking when going to the immigration office.
Quite a lot of freelancers who have gone through this experience say that they were required to provide extra documents not stated on the website. So, they ended up coming to the immigration office twice or more times. You have to prove not only that you have enough savings, but also that you have already planned your financial plan and references from your German companies. Simply put, the more connections you have with local companies or persons, the better off you are. This is so easy to say, but probably the most difficult and stressful to carry out.
And on a side note, it's totally up to the person that you are talking to at immigration on the day you are applying. Some are smiley, others of course are not. But don't let them ruin your day. Think positively. You know, things will turn around.