Finding a job in Paris
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.
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 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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Reprinted with permission of Explorer Publishing from Paris Complete Residents' Guide.
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