Finding a job
Don’t hold out for the coveted permanent job when starting out; you are more likely to get it via a shortterm contract
Inevitably there are numerous online recruitment websites. Most of them ask you to complete a laborious form detailing your qualifications and experience, which can be frustrating because it often means repeatedly copying and pasting from your CV. To save time, do a bit of homework first to assess which sites are the best for you, both in terms of the type of job you’re seeking and the geographical search area.
Don’t forget to put your profile (in French, if possible) on the main two professional networking sites in France – LinkedIn and Viadeo. These are widely used and can be a good shop window for your skills.
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
The old maxim of ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ is very apparent when it comes to the French job market. Again, it could be the protective employment laws that make employers feel more comfortable taking on someone known either to them personally or a trusted friend or colleague. It can be disheartening, and certainly difficult when arriving fresh off the ferry into a new community, but if you are prepared to double the efforts you made networking in the UK, then at some stage you’ll be the one who knows the right person in the right place to help you get the job.
Good ways to network are to get involved with the local community – join in and help out at events or maybe become a member of the events organising committee ( comité des fêtes) – and join local business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and BNI (Business Networking International). It’s also the simple everyday contact that counts, so always say hello to the mayor whenever your paths meet, and take the time to stop for a chat with locals at the market or in the café.