Now, in order to write a convincing cover letter you have to be able to write a regular one. I remember middle school as the place where my first literary attempts took place. One of my letters was so successful that a year-old girl in my class pulled me aside and kissed me, making death poems suddenly look like a better idea. Growing up in a catholic family, I could either write my Christmas wishes to Santa or to baby Jesus. In hindsight I feel like I was never really filled in on the magic of Christmas and as a result all my letters to Santa sounded like financial scam against a vulnerable senior, as if I had to convince him to spend all his pension on my presents.
Before traveling, I worked for two months years at a marketing agency whose main focus are on-site and off-site SEO. My professional path gave me practical experience in stalking people online conducting detailed on-site audits, developing actionable inbound marketing strategies and researching keywords in a clever way. In my private time I tend to read and write Harry Potter erotic fanfic in a lot of online places forums, blogs, e-zines, online newspapers, social media…you name it!
There is one more little thing that needs to be done in order to make your application really really perfect. As much as you consider yourself an amazing human being, that time you made fun of coat-hanger abortions on Twitter may not be well perceived by everybody. Federico is an Italian in Berlin. If you liked this, read the rest of the series here. My first trip to a sex club was about five years ago.
I had come to spend yet another weekend visiting a dear high school friend living in Berlin and, on a whim, we decided to go to KitKat. The bouncers let us in after first telling us to remove some of our clothes, and my friend happily obliged, keeping nothing but her panties on. I took off my dress and entered the club wearing just a jacket and my underwear.
The rest of the evening is kind of a blur, but I vividly remember enjoying the fact that we were able to dance wearing close to nothing without any creeps following us around. Which brings us to the first — and maybe most important — lesson:. Sex clubs are meant to be safe spaces, so if you visit one, please make sure you help it stay that way.
Having been a guest at several sex parties now, some at pretty tame yet fun nights like GEGEN and some more adventurous ones where almost everyone ended up getting some, I have come to realise that there are a few things you should know before getting involved. To help out my fellow sexplorers, here is what I have learned so far:.
If you are attending a sex event, know that there is no place for politeness. And the other person will take the criticism just fine. In fact, dressing up is a great part of the fun. When in doubt, remember that this is Berlin and wear black. Embrace the fact that this is your chance to try out new things. Most people who attend sex parties on the reg are ready to be your guide if you need them to.
I did get pretty, ahem, tipsy during the first sex party I attended, and even though I mostly just ended up dancing and chatting everyone up, I regretted being that person when I woke up the next day. Bring condoms with you even if you are a girl , but also know that you will always be able to get some for free at the bar — this also applies to Berghain , by the way. In short, have fun, be open-minded, pay attention to what is happening around you, and you will have a blast! Once upon a time the world of CVs was ruled by an evil king called European Model.
The European Model states that all the information inside a CV shall be divided into two columns and presented in the most readable i. Then the game changed.
I remember the day that Davide, a former boss of mine, decided that pink was the right colour with which to rebrand his career and had a professional graphic designer redesign his resume. Not only did the document suddenly look shiny and fresh, but a couple of weeks later Davide was offered a new, better job.
There are three possible strategies to follow:. My personal favourite resume picture is the one in which the subject is giving a talk at a conference, looking irresistibly smart. Of course, you can always fake this. Months ago I tricked my boyfriend into watching five hours of Vier Hochzeiten und eine Traumreise the German version of the American reality show Four Weddings.
A German CV photo basically portrays you at your fanciest. Wait a second now. Every single task you do at work can be blown up to unprecedented levels of greatness and graciously land on your resume.
You know what I mean? In order to write a good CV you need to walk the fine line between truth and outright lie, and pray that nobody checks your criminal record. My mother used to put stuff in boxes. My dad, the only male among four siblings, had to drop out of middle school to help his father in the fields. I get that look.
Growing up with a blue-collar mindset made me both conscious of my current luck and weirdly aware of the seemingly absurd sides of the startup life. This is going to sound obvious, but in order to work at a startup — in Berlin or anywhere else — you need to either found one or be hired by one.
Fine, Mr. You need to pick the right startup before even letting them pick you. In other words, you need to look for a name that sounds like something between the first words of a baby and what your cat may have written while walking on the keyboard. The only acceptable alternative to this are Latin words. A lot of startup founders pick these, probably by listening to Harry Potter spells and noting down stuff that sounds nice. By Danilo Sierra. Going to IKEA is a pain in the butt, but it is a necessary evil, especially for any manager of an office or coworking space.
However, the rest of us need to prepare for a quest. Do your research. Make sure you are going to the IKEA closest to you. And measure the space you are buying for, because there is nothing worse than hoarding — especially IKEA furniture. If you are some kind of retro oddball, use the paper catalogue. But go with a list already made! Bonus points: add the article numbers in this format xxx. You know, the ones that cost two Euros in Bauhaus. Using a proper meter will help you to measure accurately, check your angles, get a sense of the volume of your space, and save you tons of time.
Pro tip: bring a floor plan drawn to scale. You need to know exactly how much time you have, including the commute. But if you followed through on points 1 and 2, you should be able to cheat and start from the back. Walk in through the out door and go directly to the warehouse. This is the best way to avoid the unnecessary showrooms, impulse-shopping, student-parent combos, new families gross!
You are here in a professional capacity. It is way faster! Have meatballs for dinner. IKEA do same-day delivery through another company, with the cost based on how much you bought.
That way, there are fewer things for you to mess up, not least your back. You will get proper invoices, gift cards, and a not-that-bad user interface which you can use to track your business relationship with IKEA and download the old invoices if you lose them. It works, bitches! Learning to know and love and conquer a city is an experience for which there is no rulebook; a mind-boggling journey of twists and turns, of failing and falling and getting back up again, of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible.
In the meantime, though, here are some tips to help you navigate the wild, roiling waves of the city, in those first few months when you think you might drown in the wonderfulness of it all—that is, until something fundamental snaps you back to the surface.
Indeed, Germans are notorious for following this particular rule even when no one is watching it could be 3am with not a car in sight, and the only other person at the crosswalk will wait for green.
You may have heard stories from friends who were yelled at by old cranks when they crossed the road before the light turned green, or given absolutely penetrating looks by parents standing patiently at the curb with young children. But really, 99 times out of , the worst that can happen to you is just that: a few nasty looks, a few raised voices, a couple of people who seem to think they need to give you an abbreviated etiquette lesson.
This is really one of those rules that you can break, once you feel comfortable doing so. Sure, it might be best not to exercise your human right to traverse the crosswalk freely when there are young children around if you fear the wrath of their parents, but you can always reason it away: most parents who are adamantly against crossing on red argue that it sets a bad example for their children.
Of course, as with many rules that are meant to be broken, this one is also occasionally meant to be followed, and for good reason. Luckily, you live in a city where people are very likely to speak English—or at least enough English to get you what you want. But why not start by assuming this? Start by assuming that they are better in English than you probably are in German, and give them the benefit of the doubt.
What you might not know, however, is that it kind of, sort of still is… at least in the minds of some Germans. You may not really get it until you get to Berlin, and even then it can be somewhat hard to believe, but each year some newspaper or at least your first German teacher, eager to make an impression on you reports that an astonishingly high percentage of East Germans wish the Berlin Wall were still up.
Going back to a reunited Germany meant they were now in the world of the Wessi from the German word West. In fact, when the Wall fell, East Germans had so much catching up to do, it was almost inevitable they would fall behind. And fall behind they did, as statistics show that East German cities and towns continue to shrink, mostly as the result of the exact brain-drain the Soviets feared when they put up a wall in the first place: young people with means, education, or any small amount of talent still tend to leave East Germany for better prospects in the West.
What they find when they get there, however, is a society that seems to be rigged against them, with very few former citizens of the DDR winning promotions and career advancements, let alone reaching the tops of their fields. One notable exception, it should be said, is Chancellor Angela Merkel, although there are even those who would attribute her every misstep to her East German background.
Many older Ossis still chuckle at what they went through and what they had to do to survive, while some still insist, as their desire to rebuild the Berlin Wall might suggest, that things were better back then. Honour their experiences by listening to them and accepting that, in the newly reunited German Republic, everything is not as it seems. Whether you ignore these comments or feel terribly hurt by them, one thing is bound to make you feel better: the Schwaben have it worse.
Who are the Schwaben , you might ask?