Finding a job in Paris

Finding a job in Paris

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Explorer Publishing guides you through the tricky process of finding a job in Paris and recommends finding a job before you leave your home country.

Finding a job in Paris

With unemployment rates rising and a stagnant French economy it is important to seriously consider your options before arriving in Paris; unless you can do a job that a French person can’t do and are able to prove this, you will have a very difficult time finding work. Without question, the safest bet is to find a job before you leave home.

With a few exceptions, unless you’re from an EU country, you won’t even be considered for an interview as it is an expensive and complicated process for companies operating on French soil to employ someone who is not allowed to work in France. In addition to the recruitment agencies listed in the table below, the websites jobs.expatica.com and www.monster.fr (in French) are good places to start when job hunting.


Finding work before you arrive in France

With the exception of labourers, housekeepers, bartenders and language teachers, most people who find work in Paris do so before they arrive. As in any city, there’s always a way to get by legally or otherwise, but if you’re interested in a career with a full-time, legitimate contract, find a job before you arrive.

Nearly every major international company has offices in France and if you can convince one of them that you are more capable than anyone they can hire in France, you may find yourself a job. It is crucial though to remember that Paris is a very popular relocation destination and positions are hard to come by.

Depending upon a variety of factors, such as legal status, ability to speak French, expertise and past experience, it is a good idea to attend local job fairs and contact specific companies of interest directly. As is true anywhere in the world, the more experience you have, and the more specialised that experience, the more likely you’ll be to find work in Paris.

Bear in mind that while it is becoming more common to search for a job via the internet, French employers expect your cover letters to be hand-written. Handwriting is taken very seriously in France and the analysis of a prospective employee’s handwriting is a common practice.

Finding work in Paris, France: Job search in Paris

Finding a job while living In Paris

If you’re already in France and are searching for work there are a few things to consider. In France, it is exceptionally rare and very difficult to change careers. For most people, whatever you’ve studied in school determines your future. A lawyer does not, at 30 years old, become a doctor. A middle-aged doctor does not become an accountant. When searching for work, make sure that whatever job you’re applying for is supported by your CV.

It is extremely important to use whatever connections you may have. Networking is crucial in Paris and it is a city composed of countless, and seemingly impenetrable, social circles.

Keep in mind that by law anyone offering a job must create a written job description, submit that description to the ASSEDIC (the national unemployment office) and advertise the position in newspapers. Technically an employer may only hire a non-French citizen if, after an exhaustive search, no French person can be found to do the job.

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34 Comments To This Article

  • Greta posted:

    on 26th August 2016, 17:00:39 - Reply

    Bonsoir! I speak Greek, English, French and italian my major is english literature i would love to find a job in paris including kids or not. I have already worked as a saleswoman,secretary and i have experience in taking care and teaching kids. contact me :greta-lain@hotmail.com
  • Amit posted:

    on 16th July 2016, 16:12:34 - Reply

    Hello Everyone,
    I finished my master's degree and looking for a job in France in Automation and control, if you can help me it'll be pleasure to me. If you need more info about me can contact me on my e-mail address sainimitu@gmail.com

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  • Javed posted:

    on 25th June 2016, 05:53:38 - Reply

    i am javed iqbal from pakistan. i have MBA degree in HR i want to work in Paris
  • Leonida posted:

    on 11th June 2016, 22:22:01 - Reply

    Have a good day,I am looking for a job.I am a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education.I taught English and Science subject in my country.I was born in Philippines and I speak English well and basic french.I have experience of babysitting with any ages and triplets as well.In addition to that,I have experience of housekeeping,garden cleaner,front office and sales lady and store manager.I am waiting for your help.This is my cellphone# 0665056064

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  • parimal posted:

    on 21st May 2016, 09:49:42 - Reply

    Hi Pierre, I parimal From India, I am coming to paris in short time. I have French DELF B2 certification and speak french fulently. So i can get the job in France anywhere like bar, hotels and you could help me for that

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  • parimal posted:

    on 21st May 2016, 09:47:01 - Reply

    Hi i am coming to france(paris) I can speak french so could you help me in small jobs in paris

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  • Chandan posted:

    on 26th April 2016, 14:23:05 - Reply

    I want a job in Paris, France. i have experience in Modeling. now i wanna job in Paris, France.

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  • jack posted:

    on 9th March 2016, 18:46:43 - Reply

    hi there!, i have a job he can do tomorrow, will pay well. let me know asap. can contact me on 07545673110
  • jackbob posted:

    on 17th February 2016, 13:51:11 - Reply

    hi pierrre, i have a friend (Filipino) who is in Paris for like 5 months now and he hasnt find a regular work...any suggestion sir?
    ur words will be highly appreciated

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  • Gabriel posted:

    on 12th February 2016, 20:25:25 - Reply

    Hello every one. I live in Paris and I am searching for a job in logistics as well as foreign languages teaching. I speak Spanish, English and Italian and I would like to get a job, however temporary it may be, so that I can cope with the utility bills. Thank you for reading my message. Nice evening to everybody.

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  • maguy posted:

    on 21st January 2016, 14:55:32 - Reply

    Hi everyone I am currently in China and work as an English teacher with a Master degree in Project Managemnt.I would like to move to france well french is my mother tongue and I also know a bit of Chinese language.
    Any advice on how to go about starting a carrer in france would be precious.

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  • Mazibul posted:

    on 4th September 2015, 10:29:23 - Reply

    I am student living in paris. so i need a part time job how i ill get it.please tell me.

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  • Ilona posted:

    on 4th July 2015, 13:37:17 - Reply

    Hi Pierre! I found by chance your comment on www.expatica.com. My dream is to find a job in Paris. I'm ucrainian, but have Italian citizenship and I'm fluent in Russian (my second motherlanguage) and good in Italian (I've been living there for 5 years). Coud you give me some advice about where to start my job search in Paris? I thank you very much in advance!
  • Subrata posted:

    on 27th May 2015, 23:01:02 - Reply

    Hi my name is Subrata Bhattacharjee a hotel management professional from India, having 16 yrs of experience in India & abroad, looking for a job in abroad( Position- Restaurant Manager), kindly let me know if any vacancy is there.

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  • grace posted:

    on 30th March 2015, 09:05:30 - Reply

    hi everyone,I am currently in qatar working as a secretary in an advertising and promotions company,but i am looking for a job anywhere in frnace..I would like to know any job vacancy there and the process to get there too.

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  • cesar posted:

    on 7th March 2015, 10:32:46 - Reply

    Hi I"m looking for a job as a Teppanyaki Chef Japanese Cuisine please reply to my email if they hiring any Japanese Restaurant in France cesarbriguera@yahoo.com thanks.

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  • Luis posted:

    on 9th February 2015, 22:24:34 - Reply

    I worked as a bartender after finishing my college studies in Paris, it took me around one month to land this job and I did some serious all day sessions of walking around the city and asking/leaving CVs in just about every place. I m not EU citizen but I could apply for jobs with my student visa.
  • thivagar posted:

    on 2nd January 2015, 09:06:02 - Reply

    Hi I'm a doctor from Malaysia studied in Moscow Russia,I'm interested working in France as a doctor can you please guide me?thanks.

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  • Sukel Ahmed posted:

    on 11th September 2014, 17:56:45 - Reply

    Hi how are you all?i am Sukel Ahmed.i have Been living in Paris for two years but i did'nt get yet any job.i worked as a waiter in england for three years.i can speak english
  • Naseem posted:

    on 9th September 2014, 15:27:04 - Reply

    I've found the best places to look for jobs (english speaking) in paris are:
    1. www.jobs.expatica.com/
    2. www.francobritishchamber.org/job-board
    3. www.jobs-in-paris.fr
    4. Paris.craiglist.org (for odd jobs)
  • Priyanka Talreja posted:

    on 11th August 2014, 13:02:13 - Reply

    Hi !
    I am looking for a job in Paris . Currently I am In India assisting the renound indian Fashion Designer "Rocky S " now I wanted to relocate in Paris but dont know wat to do ? How to apply n where ?
    Please lemme know if anyone can hepl .
    Thanks !
    Kindly revert me @ " talreja.priyanka@rediffmail.com"
  • Emilia Cuerdo posted:

    on 10th August 2014, 19:01:46 - Reply

    Hi,hello,
    I love to work in Paris but I don't know how can I come there and search fir work presently I'm here in Dubai and I'm working in the Fashion Store a retail shop .please help me to how or what the possibility to come in Paris
  • Fatima posted:

    on 23rd June 2014, 18:57:33 - Reply

    Hello,
    I am moving to Paris in December to marry my French fiancé in February. I am eager to learn French so as to become employable. I've held an cosmetology liscence in Illinois for 15 years and New York for about 4. Does anyone know what the requirements are for working as a hairstylist in France? Is there anything I can do from the US while I wait to leave?
    Any advice anyone can give me will be so helpful.
    Many thanks.
  • Carolina Torres posted:

    on 20th May 2014, 20:18:47 - Reply

    Would that be like buying a car in Canada? You both go to a place and register a contract signed by both people?

    Please help us...... what should we do?

    Carolina
  • Carolina Torres posted:

    on 20th May 2014, 20:15:07 - Reply

    [Note from the moderator: You may wish to try our Ask the Expert service: http://expatica.com/ask_the_expert] If I decide to rent a studio in Paris direct from the landlord renter and they are asking for a cheque for deposit and you are not in Paris yet, how are we sure it is not a scam? How do we make possible to secure that the money given to the person will secure the rent? I am going to Paris just to seal the deal, and give the renter the money for the deposit. How do I protect myself?
    Thanks,
  • jaspal singh posted:

    on 27th April 2014, 09:48:22 - Reply

    [Note from the moderator: You may wish to join our community to reach locals: http://community.expatica.com] (ATTENTION PROFESSIONAL INDIAN RESTAURANT OWNER FOR ALL OVER THE WORLD) good evening every professional Indian restaurant owner in abroad jaspal Singh new Delhi India i am a Indian master chef 14 years excellent experience in this field and i am presently working in five star hotel gurgaon as a master chef Indian kitchen i am providing to staff for good cook or chef manager (dhaba style restaurant style and five star hotel style cook chef ) in abroad and i am specialist chef in setup to new restaurant specialty cuisine
  • Dave posted:

    on 10th April 2014, 00:29:27 - Reply

    [Note from the moderator: Hi Dave, you might want to check out our France Job Board: http://jobs.expatica.com/france] Pierre, We have been to France twice and hope to visit next year. We love the country, its people and culture we would like to live there! I would like to seek employment in Paris. I have 20 years in the restaurant industry and would entertain entry level to begin a career and the opportunity to reside in the greatest city and country in the world, Paris France!! Any suggestions where I can start?? Thanks, Dave
  • Maggie posted:

    on 7th April 2014, 05:52:32 - Reply

    [Edited by moderator: Please direct expert questions to our 'Ask the Expert' service http://expatica.com/ask_the_expert -- You may also wish to browse our job board http://jobs.expatica.com] Hi, I am marrying a french at the end of the year. I am from Singapore, speaks good English, Mandarin and read well in both languages. I speak elementary french. I hold a masters in marketing from Australia. Where can I start looking for a job in Paris?
  • pssingh posted:

    on 30th March 2014, 01:06:44 - Reply

    hi im indian chef as i have very good experience about indian food as I have experience from five star hotels restaurant now looking job any country if further somebody need indian chef you can contect me at my email>
    indiancuisine_chef@hotmail.com
  • Carrie posted:

    on 26th March 2014, 16:08:13 - Reply

    [Edited by moderator: Feel free to check out our job board for employment opportunities in France http://jobs.expatica.com] Hello, I have worked and studied in France for a little over a year, and I am desperate to go back! I'd love to have a job that allows me to live in the States and travel periodically to France throughout the year. Can anyone provide me with job links/companies/ideas? Jennifer, have you heard back from anyone? Thanks in advance!
  • Jennifer posted:

    on 18th March 2014, 18:32:13 - Reply

    [Edited by moderator: Feel free to browse our job boards to find recruitment agencies near you http://jobs.expatica.com] Hello! I am English and speak basic French. Do you know of any recruitment agency's that may be able to help me find work other than childcare? Thank you Jennifer
  • Darlene posted:

    on 3rd February 2014, 09:15:59 - Reply

    Hi pierre! Is there any way i can apply for a job even if we are visiting france next year and holding a tourist visa?
  • Nanny posted:

    on 26th November 2013, 01:08:22 - Reply

    Hi Pierre
    I would like to move to Pairs although I haven't been in Paris yet and my France isn't good! But this is the reason why I would love to move there to learn the language! I need some advise how or where to start looking for jobs as a nanny! Many thanks!
  • Pierre posted:

    on 25th November 2013, 14:34:29 - Reply

    Hye everyone, I would like to add some comments to this post. I am french...It is not that hard to find a job. France is the first touristic country and many bars, restaurants, clubs, tourism agencies are looking for people bilingual in Russian, chinese, polish ETC... The best way to find job might be to look at student jobs! go on letudiant.fr they have a lot. Then you can try interim agencies, extra etc... Do not hesitate to apply in hotels! Last thing assedic does not exist anymore, it's called Pole Emploi since few years now. Not everyone has to post a job offer on newspapers. And they can create a really small description. So do not be affraid. If I can help you more, ask me questions. Pierre [Edited by moderator]