The French labour market:
Finding a job in France requires perseverance. The unemployment rate is high in the country, but job opportunities are numerous in certain economic sectors such as accounting, management, bilingual secretarial services, hotel and catering, but also construction, IT and foreign language teaching. There are many seasonal agricultural jobs in France such as picking fruits or grape harvesting.
In order to find a job in France, you have several options at your disposal : send unsolicited applications, use the Internet, visit temporary work or staffing agencies online or on site, contact the French national employment agency, contact paneuropean employment bodies like EURES and read job ads in the free, traditional or specialized press.
European employment services:
European citizens can easily find information about employment in France directly through their national employment agencies or through European employement networks like EURES.
You can also take part to the Leonardo Da Vinci European programme to acquire a first professional experience in France, or to enroll in a training course in another European state (provided that you have a specific professional project to achieve). For more information about the Leonardo Da Vinci programme in France, visit the official website at http://ec.europa.eu/.
EURES - the European job mobility portal
Leonardo da Vinci European mobility programme
Espace Emploi International
How to find a job in France from outside the EU - EEA?
Finding a job in France from abroad is not easy. Send unsolicited applications, use the Internet and visit websites such as Monster Jobs, contact the French chamber of commerce or the French economic mission established in your country to find out more about employment in France, formalities, work permit application, or consult job listings where appropriate.
Espace Emploi International
Directory of French chambers of commerce abroad
Where to look for job opportunities in France?
Internet is probably the best means to find employment in France. The web abounds with general or specialized wesites dedicated to employment where you can submit your CV online, get useful tips about the labor market, and consult job listings and resumé guides. Here are some of leading employment websites in France:
APEC - Job listings for executives
Monster - Jobs in France
Emploi.org - Job websites directory
Pôle Emploi - the French national employment agency:
In France, Pôle Emploi is the national employment agency that connects people seeking for employment and employers. Pôle Emploi offers skills assessments and provides all the necessary tools to actively find a job (computer equipment, copy machines etc.).
Pôle Emploi has branches in most French cities. Job listings are often displayed on paperboards directly in office entrances. If you are interested, ask the front desk agent for more information about the job and get all the necessary information.
Job ads in the press:
Le Figaro - jobs
Temporary work and staffing agencies:
Major international temporary work and staffing agencies are established in France. Temp work is indeed a practical solution to rapidly find short-term employment contracts in order to get started on the local labour market. Submit your CV online or visit agencies on site. Here is non-exhaustive list of temp work and staffing agencies established in France: