Top tips for getting a job in France
The job situation is pretty bad right across Europe with unemployment currently at a record high of 11.9%; unfortunately France is suffering pretty badly with the national unemployment rate being 10.5% and youth unemployment being 27%. This tough market is not likely to improve for some time yet as the EU continues to struggle with the Euro debt crisis. Despite all of the potential hurdles, there are some ways to improve your chances of landing a job in France. We list some of our top tips.
It may sound obvious but you would be surprised at how many expats move to France without knowing a word of French and still expect to walk into a job. The French are highly protective of their native language and will deliberately speak it at all opportunities. If a potential employer sees that you don’t know what they’re saying then you can kiss the prospect of landing a job good-bye.
Before you move to France, enrol on a night class for lessons, and make sure to learn French in your spare time. There are many websites that teach the language, and it wouldn’t hurt to invest in some software to aid with your learning.
Use a recruitment agency
It will save you a lot of time by using a specialist jobs agency. They will know what jobs are most in demand and the ones available in a chosen region. Make sure you use the internet as it provides plenty of invaluable links to useful job finding resources.
Get the length of your CV right and format it properly
The average length of a CV in France is two pages, regardless of what job you’re going for. Don’t try and get around this rule by using too big or too small font sizes as the employer will not be impressed. If you have limited work experience then one page should be fine. If the opposite is the case the employer won’t need to know every single detail of your past experience.
Write your resume correctly
Most multinational companies will expect you to both speak and write the language of the country they are based in, and English, (which is the international language for business.) Make sure you write your resume in both English and French, and be prepared for an interview to be held in both languages.
Most companies will want to see proof of your language skills. When submitting your CV and Resume make sure you know which type of English your potential employer uses, i.e. American English or British English. French employers are renowned for being very picky when it comes to the written word.