Excerpted from the France Career Guide
Job Search Overview
There are several resources that can help an expatriate secure a position in France. Online resources include an ever-increasing number of general employment and industry-specific websites, whereas more traditional forms of job-hunting such as government employment agencies, temporary agencies, recruiting agencies and classified advertisements in newspapers and trade magazines remain good ways to find available positions; non-French speakers should focus on Anglophone or native language-specific resources such as international associations.
Personal contacts are an all-important factor in France and particularly in the employment world. French employers rely heavily on referrals and personal recommendations when seeking and assessing candidates. Although this may appear to be something of an obstacle for those expatriates who do not yet have any contacts in the country, jobseekers can acquire French business connections by joining professional, trade and social associations.
Online Job Sites
Featuring a database of approximately 30,000 job offers from more than a thousand companies, this highly recommended website offers listings for jobs in fields as diverse as services, marketing, finance, manufacturing, ITC, R&D, hospitality and construction. It also offers a summary of activity for more than 1,500 major companies and contact information for more than 39,000 companies. Along with direct company listings, this website offers job listings from 80 major print sources, as well as articles on the job market, salary information and recruiting trends, and details of national job fairs.
Government Employment Resources
European Employment Services (EURES)
http://ec.europa.eu/eures/ (English, French and over a dozen other languages)
The European Job Mobility portal provides information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe, with postings for vacancies in 31 European countries and information about living and working in each country. By registering for free with ‘My EURES,’ jobseekers can create an online Europass CV and make it available to both registered employers and to EURES advisers helping employers to find suitable candidates. Several dozen France-based EURES counselors are available to answer questions and provide resources and advice on seeking a job in another country.
Directory of EURES counselors in France
Email: contact form
European Employment Services
Candidates wishing to carry out an internship should be aware that French companies may only sign internship contracts with individuals who are currently enrolled students.
This is a leading site for students in France, with thousands of postings. Students can select a region or a field of work in France or abroad. There is a wide range of useful tools and links on the site ranging from publications and tests to résumé/CV advice. L’Etudiant TV provides a series of online videos focusing on specific professions. The L’Étudiant group also organizes major educational and career fairs such as Les Salons de L’Étudiant, le Train de l’Orientation and the Salon Européen de l’Education.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
This company has been in existence for more than 40 years, specializing in both permanent and temporary jobs in the Paris region. Individuals may send résumés/CVs via the website or contact an agency for more information on job offers. Registration is free.
EVS Interim - Siège social
50 bis, boulevard de Chanzy
93891 Livry-Gargan Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 02 42 72
Fax: +33 (0)1 43 01 96 20
Email: contact form
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Agencies are not regulated in France, so it is important to check credentials carefully. Syntec (Syndicat du Conseil en Recrutement) is the only recognized professional organization representing the professional recruitment profession in France. Currently, 150 agencies are members.
This recruiting agency has offices in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Its focus is on managerial and specialist positions in high tech, consumer products, banking and finance, industry, service and health services. Individuals may browse job offers only after becoming members. The site also allows users to post résumés/CVs.
12, rue Boissy d’Anglas
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 24 24
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
One of the leading newspapers in France, job listings are published each Monday. The Figaro website also provides access to the listings of cadremploi.com. An annual fee is required for a subscription.
14 bd Haussmann
Tel: +33 (0)1 57 08 50 00
Email: contact form
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete France Guide.