Find­ing a job

Living France - - Insight -

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.


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.

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