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How to find a job in France?

There are many ways for foreign graduates to find work in France.

When you are student, you may check your university website for the new announces, the best job offers are there for you. Then, there are many sites for students and non-students which can help you to find a good job, like:

  1. https://www.jobaviz.fr/rechercher-un-job-etudiant
  2. https://www.studentjob.fr/job-etudiant
  3. https://jobs-stages.letudiant.fr/jobs-etudiants/offres
  4. https://fr.indeed.com/emplois?q=Etudiant&l=

 Staying In France When You Graduate And Finding A Job

Non-European students

To stay in France after graduating, non-European students must have a promise of employment or a work contract and be paid at least one and a half times the minimum wage (2,220 euros gross per month in 2017).

Without the promise of employment, a foreign, non-European graduate may request an Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour (APS – temporary resident permit) valid for twelve months and non-renewable, while they seek employment in France. To do this, they must have a professional Bachelor’s or a Master’s-level degree or be in the process of starting a company.

Some practical advices when looking for work in france

Before starting to look for a job, identify the type of position you’re looking for. Then prepare your CV and a cover letter to meet French expectations.

Keep an eye on sites with job opportunities and create email alerts by saving your search criteria. Pôle Emploi , APEC and other sites mentioned in above.

Take the time to update your CV and adapt it to the job offer you are applying for.

Be sure to send in spontaneous applications to companies that interest you, so they get to know you.

Be careful with your ereputation and the information about you that everyone can access. Recruiters are more and more frequently using the social networks to form an idea about the applicants they’re thinking of calling in.

Go to job fairs to meet recruiters. CV and cover letter in hand, you will have several interviews in one day. As you won’t have much time to win them over, make sure you are well-prepared.

Use Your End-Of-Studies Internship Well

The end-of-studies internship is often mandatory. It lets you develop some understanding of the work world and apply the theory and skills you learnt during your years of studying. If your programme does not require an internship, nothing is stopping you from doing one anyway: it is a good way to pad out your CV and develop a professional network that you can later mobilise.

Get Help Looking For Work

There are many establishments offer graduates help finding work.

Graduates (four years after A-levels/high school) can contact the APEC (Association pour l’emploi des cadres). They can help you look for work. Otherwise, contact the Pôle Emploi agency: they assist all job-seekers, regardless of their level of studies.

Activate Your Professional Networks

Let those around you know that you are looking for work and find out about the companies that are recruiting in your field. The professional social networks, such as LinkedIn, will let you put your CV on line, maintain and develop a professional network and respond to job offers.

The alumni networks such as France Alumni, a platform for foreign graduates of the French system, are highly-effective tools when it comes to finding work or for learning about the companies that interest you.