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Finding interesting jobs in Paris

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An expat's guide to work in Paris, including how to find English speaking vacancies in the city.

Looking for jobs in Paris? With its romantic backdrop, stunning cityscape and fine-dining, the lure of the French capital is too much to resist for adventurous expats that dream of living in one of the world’s most happening capitals. There's plenty to do during your free time, but how easy is it to get a job in Paris?

This guide will explain the opportunities for expats looking for work in Paris, together with useful tips on where to Paris jobs, legal requirements and how to apply for English speaking jobs in Paris with French recruitment agencies. The guide includes:

What’s the market like for Paris jobs?

Due to the tentative economy throughout the European Union, jobs in Paris are harder to acquire for expats unless you have qualifications in specialist areas. In January of 2017, the unemployment rate for France was back up to around 10% after hitting a low of around 9%.

A contributing factor to the recent decline however, is that new regulations means companies have to pay higher taxes. This resulted in a high number of redundancies. Furthermore, the French economy has been stagnant as of late, making it harder to find work in Paris or any other French city. Not enough new jobs are being created.

On the upside, higher taxes mean the social security system is strong and in good working order. Therefore, if you are moving to Paris for work, you will reap the long-term benefits in your French pension.

It can be difficult to find permanent contract work in Paris, as flexible contracts seem to be more popular among employers. The minimum wage in France is €9.67 an hour, which, coupled with a 35-hour work week, comes out at €1,466.62 a month. Unfortunately, employers aren’t likely to hire someone who needs a visa sponsorship unless they absolutely have to.

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Who can work in Paris?

The simple answer is anyone can work in Paris, provided you have the proper visa and permit. Citizens of EU, EEA countries and Switzerland don’t need any a work permits to secure jobs in Paris. Another way to work without a permit is to come to Paris with a family member who has a specific permit for skilled labour.

Anyone coming from any other country will need a visa or some kind of work permit to work legally in Paris. Getting a job is often the first step to getting a work visa in Paris. The company will typically complete part of the visa process for you. But first you have to prove you are a better candidate than the French or EU/EEA candidates. French companies invest a fair amount of time and money to secure work visas for foreign employees, and they are well aware of this, so they have to believe it will be worth it. Click here for more detailed information about how to get a work visa in Paris.

French speakers have the best chance of finding work in Paris, as the choices become much more limited if your language skills are not that great. Even for jobs where you will use your mother tongue, a proficient level of French is needed in order to communicate with managers and other work colleagues. If you aren’t confident in your French, think about English teaching as a job while you take French classes.

Hotel jobs in Paris and in demand jobs for expats in the city

Not knowing enough French doesn’t have to be an issue for finding a job, however. There are many ways around the language issue. Even better, there are opportunities for expats to target English-speaking jobs in Paris that work nicely for someone who is new to France and the language. Some companies actively look for English speakers, so make sure to check those out first. Here are some ideas:

Work in Paris as a nanny or "au pair"

Being a nanny or “au pair” is always a good option for anyone who is still learning French, though you should have mastered the basics. Paris is home to many families who need someone to look after their children and do house chores. Parents that want their children to learn English are more inclined to hire native speakers. EU citizens tend to have an advantage over non-EU citizens, due to visa issues, but no certification is needed, just experience in childcare. Also, men are rarely hired as au pairs.

Work in Paris as an English teacher

One of the more obvious job options in Paris is an English teacher, or teaching your native language. English language teachers are in very high demand all over France, and native speakers already have an advantage over any native French speakers. However, getting a teaching job in the Paris public school system is very difficult, especially as a foreigner, so look for private language schools or agencies. The pay per hour is generally good, but make sure you keep in mind time spent preparing for classes and on transportation.

Work in Paris as a tour guide

Tour guide is another one of the English-speaking jobs in Paris that doesn’t involve a lot of requirements besides English skills and an excellent memory for dates and names. Paris is a huge tourist destination, many of whom come from English-speaking countries. Certified tour guides do exist, but you can research on your own and use that knowledge to land a job. Make sure you are ok with handling groups of up to 20 people, sometimes more. Proficiency in any other language is a huge plus as well.

Work in Paris as a bartender or in a hotel

When all else fails, bartending or hotel jobs in Paris prevail. These jobs have saved the lives of many an expat who needed a job and had poor French. It is one of the easiest jobs to get for those who aren’t great French speakers. Also, lots of young Parisians frequent bars and pubs, and some will be excited to have the chance to practice their English while drinking and relaxing.

For more ideas about jobs for English speakers, check out The Local, even if just for part-time jobs in Paris.

English speaking jobs in Paris

Applying fobs in Paris, France

There are some English-speaking jobs in Paris that are perfect for expats. For example, there is a need for English-speaking real estate agents as there has been an influx of British citizens moving to France due to economic issues and rising house prices in the UK. There are actually English real estate agencies in France that help British expats find a home in Paris - and they are looking to hire native speakers. One example of such an agency is Leggett Immobilier.

Due to the touristic nature of Paris, hospitality jobs for English speakers are always a good choice. Hotel jobs in Paris are more common during high season for tourism, and you would have to have some level of French as well as some experience (though that depends on the position). Since Paris is such a huge city, there are tons of different hotels and even hostels and other kinds of lodging that need staff that speak English and are willing to hire people without much experience in some cases.

Just like in any other large city, IT jobs in Paris are not too hard to find. Since English is a huge part of the IT culture, being an expat, especially one with IT experience, can be a big advantage. Even if the job isn’t with a company that only does IT, there are many huge companies based in Paris, such Lacoste and Dailymotion. These types of companies often look for employees with specialist skills and are generally open to hiring foreign nationals with English language skills – the language of modern business.

Creative freelancers is always an option for expats. Native English speakers can often find work with French companies looking for marketing content in English. Editing and translating are other freelance skills that come in useful.

If none of these work for you, take a look at www.jobsinparis.fr or any other search engine for jobs in Paris. Here are a few of the better job websites for France.

Recruitment agencies with work in Paris

Employment agencies in the city are one of the best ways to find work in Paris. They offer a variety of jobs in all employment sectors. However, it helps if you speak French as the interviews are typically held in the native language of office workers.

 
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Classified jobs in Paris

The French capital has several local newspapers and magazines that advertise English-speaking jobs and multi-lingual jobs. If you’re looking to work as an au pair in Paris check out the classifieds in FUSAC. They also advertise teaching jobs in Paris.

The Paris News has a comprehensive job section covering a wide range of industries including sales, marketing, technology, finance, engineering and restaurants.

Work in Paris: networking

To find a job in a field you are experienced in might take more time than in your home town even if you have relevant qualifications and experience. One of the best ways to find work is to build a network of contacts in your preferred field.

Paris is a large city and businesses are very active in the community there. You will have no problem finding networking events and showcases to attend where you can make contacts. Here are some of the bigger companies that have a lot of networking events for professionals.

Preparing a French CV and interview tips for Paris jobs

Resumés, or CVs, as they are called in French and outside of the U.S. basically, are a bit different in France. In terms of length, for senior positions they shouldn’t be longer than 2 or 3 pages, and for anything else, no more than 1 page.

Cover letters must be handwritten in ink on good quality paper. This is because many French companies will look at your handwriting to analyze your personality.

Once you get to the interview stage, you should know that French companies in Paris often will make you go through up to four separate interviews. For each one, prepare yourself by researching the company and job so you have a few questions to ask the interviewers at the end. Your personality will be analyzed along with your skills, and you might be asked to handwrite something.

Dress is very formal, and the tone of the interview will be as well. Small talk and joking will not happen, and try to refrain from it as it will be seen as unprofessional rather than friendly. Use “monsieur” and “madam” to address the interviewer, and use the formal “vous” rather than “tu” no matter what age they are. You should greet them by shaking hands. Wait to sit until after you are invited to do so, and be ready for questions regarding your marital status and other personal things such as whether you want to have children any time soon.

For more information about living and working in Paris, check out our neighbourhood guide. Where you live may influence the jobs in Paris that you apply for.

 

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37 Comments To This Article

  • TiTiTian posted:

    on 9th August 2017, 08:52:50 - Reply

    HI I'm an international student in Paris. I can speak Chinese, French, and English fluently. I studied fashion design in U.S, and right now I'm going to study pattern making in Paris. I'm really good at photoshop and illustrator to finish the fashion illustration and flats. And also I'm pretty good at sewing and draping. Right now I would like to have a part-time job about fashion, do you have any suggestion about where I can find a job, like any links?
    Thank you very much.

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  • Ally posted:

    on 30th March 2017, 17:03:35 - Reply

    Our company offer part time sport job in Paris and all entire France. Please contact me

  • Carel posted:

    on 4th December 2016, 20:06:09 - Reply

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  • 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

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  • 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]