I am wishing to seek a job in Germany but my native language is French. I am semi-fluent in German, B1 level and I can do a conversation if the other person is comprehensive. I am not 100% fluent, and I am not capable of writing something very nice or complex such as a motivation letter. (Actually I even have trouble doing this in my native language).
In the end this become an unsolvable endless loop:
- To speak good German you must live in Germany(*)
- To live in Germany you should have a job in Germany
- To have a job in Germany, you need to speak good German.
So far I've been aiming to break the loop at point 1 by learning German in courses at home but I reach a point where it is hard to make further actual progress without living in a German-speaking environment (more than 2 hours per week). So the other option is to break the loop at point 3 and get a job there even with mediocre German. In order to apply for jobs there I have to write a cover letter and here are the options:
I could write everything in English, but this gives the impression I'd not be capable of working in German or that I'd want to be like those expatriates who come for business only and work for large multinational companies, but don't speak a word of German nor integrate into German society. I don't aim to be one of those guys - should I be hired I'd work hard towards integrating and speaking the best German possible - if possible everyday at work.
I could of course write the letter in German but it will be bad German, full of mistakes and it will give a very bad impression. It'd be extremely unlikely my application would be considered with such a poor letter, especially if it goes through HR guys.
I could get a professional translation, however since I need one letter per application this would be very expensive, not to mention each job application would be delayed by the translation.
Or I could just write an introduction and explain my situation in German, and write more difficult stuff in English, with regards to career and experience which is too hard for me to explain in German.
Is there any recommended option among those? My job is engineer, if this makes any difference.
(*) Or Austria or part of Switzerland - in all cases the endless loop is the same.