As we all know, finding a job is not a part-time but a full-time job. For expats living in Paris, job hunting can be a 24/7 scheme. Fortunately, the job market in the city is thawing. Here are some job tips for you to land a job in this bustling city:
Hunt for the hot sectors
Following 10 years of double-digit unemployment, the job rate in the country today has been coming down. In fact, more and more sectors are opening positions. Experts predict that employment demands will rise in certain sectors such as telecommunications, hotel and restaurant work, and information technology. At present, bilingual secretaries and English-language teachers are in huge demand.
Package your skills
If you are not a European Union citizen and lack French working papers, prepare yourself for a long job search. But you argue, “I am well-qualified, speak some French and my first language is English – that should prove something!” Yes, but your competitions are excellent job candidates from Ireland and Britain, who speaks English and may be very well-qualified and have the right to work in Paris. What you have to do is to Package your skills in order to beat your competitions.
Follow the system
You still might find it hard to land the job you are eyeing even if you have French working papers. For example, lawyers in the United States cannot easily work as lawyers in Paris without obtaining the credentials required by France. You may increase your chances of employment by contacting firms that cater to expats.
Target new subsidiaries
You may find job at your home country’s subsidiaries. Many subsidiaries are in the business to sell products and provide services to French people and thus they need native staff. But many subsidiaries also rely on talents from their home countries. Try subsidiaries of telecom and high-tech companies in the United States now entering France.
Make yourself known
French employers tend to employ who they know. They hire people from the inside because hiring other candidates outside the organization is quite expensive. So make yourself known. You have to work hard to build network, but do it politely.
Follow French CV conventions
French people do not use the term “resumé”, instead, they call this basic tool in job application CV, short for curriculum vitae. You must learn the lingo. Also, there is no bachelor’s degree here; BAC+2 is the closest equivalent. BAC+2 is short for the baccalaureate and additional two years of higher education. So examine French CVs. You may want to ask for the help of a local to edit yours.