On the Expatica jobs page, there are ads for jobs at all levels in many different sectors around the country.
If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can look for a job in France through EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, which is maintained by the European Commission and designed to aid free movement within the zone. As well as looking for work, you can upload your CV and get advice on the legal and administrative issues involved in working in France. EURES holds job fairs in various locations.
Public French job sites
Jobs are posted by the French national employment agency Pôle Emploi (the new name for the ANPE). You’ll find all kinds of jobs including manual, unskilled and casual work, and they have offices all over France. APEC is the national employment agency for professional and managerial jobs.
Job websites in France
- ABG L’intelli’agence – scientific/medical jobs
- ANEFA – agricultural and viticultural (wine growing) jobs
- Craigslist – mostly Paris
- Emploi Annonces
- Emplois Verts – ‘green’ jobs
- IAPA (International Au Pair Organisation) – a list of French agencies for au pair jobs
- Indeed France
- Key job
- Les Jeudis
- L’Etudiant – students and young graduates
- L’Hôtellerie Restauration – restaurants and hotel jobs
- Stratégies Emploi – marketing, communications, and PR jobs
- The Local
Employment search engines across France
- Option Carriere
English speaking jobs in France
- Jobs in Paris – despite the name, jobs throughout France
- Speaking-Agency – teaching and childcare
You can sign on with as many recruitment agencies as possible. Look for names and contact details of recruitment agencies in the Pages Jaunes (Yellow Pages) under cabinet de recrutement. Reputable companies will be members of the recruitment agencies’ professional body Prism Emploi.
Teaching jobs in France
English, German and Spanish are all in demand but getting a job in the French education system will usually require French qualifications. The British Council and CIEP have information about becoming a foreign language assistant in French state schools. A teaching qualification (eg. TEFL) or even a university degree and some experience may be sufficient for a position within a private language school or training agency.
There are lots of private language schools – some 300 in Paris alone – and you can choose between primary and secondary, as well as adult learners. Also check out opportunities at international schools in France, French universities and local town halls because many run English-language classes. For TEFL courses and jobs across France, see TEFL Toulouse. You can also check for jobs with language schools in France.
Embassies and foreign organizations
Check out opportunities at the embassies and consulates in Paris and beyond. Most will expect a high standard of both spoken and written French. The American Library in Paris has a community message board with job advertisements.
Both national and regional newspapers carry adverts for job vacancies, with links to job websites or their pages; some main newspapers include Le Monde, Libération and Le Point. FUSAC is a Paris-focused, English-language, web-based magazine with lots of job ads and can also put you in touch with others in the English-speaking community of Paris – good for work and social networking.
Jobs in France should be widely advertised but in reality, many positions are filled through personal contacts; networking is thus important because even a casual acquaintance could lead you to a potential job. Ask around: friends of friends, and through social networking sites for professionals, such as LinkedIn and Viadeo, the French social networking site. Get in touch with like-minded people in Paris through FUSAC (English-language, web-based magazine). Join a meet-up group to make contacts with like-minded individuals working in similar fields all over France.
You can also join a professional networking group such as the European Professional Women’s Network (PWN), which has city networks in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Nice, or the Lunch Club of Paris which is aimed at those working in marketing and communications. Contact the French equivalent of professional organizations in your home country if appropriate.
Make the first move – speculative applications
Speculative applications (candidatures spontanées) are considered a sign that you have the ambition to achieve and are looked upon favorably in France. Use the Pages Jaunes (Yellow Pages) to look for companies in your sector and check out the websites of international companies.
Traineeships, internships, and volunteering in France
The EU offers traineeships for university graduates via the European Commission Traineeships Office (Bureau de Stages), otherwise, internships or summer placements can be arranged by AIESEC (for students and recent graduates) or IAESTE (for students in science, engineering and applied arts). Internships can also be found at Europlacement and Intern Abroad.
For those aged between 17 and 30, volunteer programs are arranged by the European Voluntary Service (EVS), where you work abroad for up to 12 months in exchange for board, food, insurance, and a small allowance. Concordia is another organization for volunteer opportunities.
Applying for a job in France
Once you’ve found a job in France, give yourself the best chance of getting an interview by sending in your job application in a format that French employers expect to see. Read Expatica’s guide on how to apply for a job in France for advice on putting together a French-style CV and cover letter, as well what to expect – and how to behave – in a French job interview, or our FAQs on recruiting in France.
Find part-time work abroad
It has become increasingly popular in recent years to seek work in a different country than you live in. The Good Care Group is always looking for new candidates in the caregiving sector in the UK. As a cross-border commuter, you benefit from living in your home country and working in another, providing the opportunity of embracing and experiencing a different culture. Living in-house also ensures you become part of a close-knit team and make a real difference to those who need it. You receive an unrivaled employment package including paid annual leave, 24/7 staff support, and flexible rota patterns, ensuring a healthy work/life balance.