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WORKING ABROAD / SEP. 12, 2014
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How to Find a Job in France

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For those individuals who are seeking a job in France, the task can seem challenging. There is a high unemployment rate in France as well as a high immigration rate. That means there is tough competition for non-French citizens. However, it is not impossible to find a job in France. This article will address how to accomplish this task.

Steps on How to Find a Job in France

1. Obtain Your Visa

In order to work in France, you will need to obtain a work visa if you plan to reside there for more than 90 days. There is a variety of visas. However, the ones suited to applicants seeking work are as follows: carte de séjour, work permit and student visa. You can check with the French Consulate local to your area. WorkPermit.com has more information on how to obtain a work visa in France.  

2. Hone Your Experience

According to regulations, French companies are required to hire French citizens before they consider hiring a foreign employee. If you want to increase your chances of getting hired in France, you must hone your experience and seek training in a highly specialized field. With such focused training, you can become one of the best qualified candidates for the job.

3. Expand Your Options

It is important to think outside the box and expand your options. Rather than search for specific employment in France, apply for a position with a global company who has actual offices in France. If you are accepted for the job, take the opportunity to build your skillset. When positions open up for their offices in France, apply for those jobs and you may be able to transfer.

4. Apply for a Student Visa

Attending school in another country provides you with a variety of opportunities to obtain employment as an intern before and after graduation. Once you apply for a student visa, you then have the opportunity to apply for a work permit. CampusFrance.org has helpful information on how to apply for a student visa. You want to focus most of your time and attention on your education; however, you can use the work permit to obtain a part-time job to get your foot in the door with a French company. Having a viable career development plan is important to helping you grow as a professional and achieve success as you then gain full-time employment.  

Online Resources for Finding Jobs in France

There is a wide range of online resources which can assist you in finding a job in France. Some of those online websites are listed below:

  • XpatJobs.com – connecting users to over 1.7 million jobs in France
  • GoAbroad.com – smaller site but lists verified employment positions in France
  • JustLanded.com – offers a job guide, classifieds section and job seeker chat room
  • JobsFrance.com – offers job listings in France as well as networking opportunities
  • FrenchenTree.com – employment, entrepreneurial, business and residence guide

Finding a job in France can become a simpler task if you follow the four steps outlined in this article. The first step in the process is to obtain your work visa. Since the unemployment and immigration rates are both high, individuals with a highly specialized field of expertise may find more employment options open to them. Think outside the box and apply to a global company with offices in France or opt to attend university in the country and find an internship or part-time job.

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