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Excerpted from the France Career Guide

The hiring of financial managers slumped during the recent economic crisis, and the slide continues, though to a lesser degree. Société Générale, for example, will be cutting 880 jobs in France this year, mainly in the corporate and investment banking divisions.

However in general, job loss has slowed and hiring has begun again. Finance and accounting functions within corporations – especially those with a track record of cost optimization and managing debt – will provide the best job opportunities.Experience definitely counts.

Areas of Job Promise

In France, experienced accountants, actuaries, auditors and other 'number crunchers' do not have trouble finding work, particular with SMEs. In the wake of the financial crisis, companies strive for transparency and cost reduction, creating a demand for accountants and related occupations.

Experienced management accountants with 3 to 5 years of experience are in particular demand. Other in-demand occupations include financial controllers and auditors. Candidates with specialized backgrounds in risk management and computational finance have an advantage.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Association Française des Banques (AFB) 
French Association of Banks

http://www.afb.fr (French)
The French Association of Banks (AFB) is one of the major professional organizations representing management in France’s finance industry. It is considered the authority on swap rates, banks and banking, the euro, international trends, laws and procedures, and international banking. It covers three main areas: collective reflection and action, service to member organizations and representing it sectors, notably at the inter-professional and European levels.

Association Française des Banques
18 rue La Fayette
F-75009 Paris 
Tel: +33 1 48 00 52 52
Email: web contact form

Publications

L’AGEFI 
http://www.agefi.fr/ (French)
L’AGEFI is a daily publication that contains current information on European and world trends and news. It covers world markets and rates, company developments and stocks. A fee is required for an annual subscription. AGEFI also publishes a weekly magazine, an annual directory of industry professionals and another directory focusing on top management and boards of trustees for the 500 leading French corporations.

L’AGEFI 
8 rue du Sentier 
75002 Paris 
Tel: +33 1 53 00 26 26
Fax: +33 1 53 00 26 27
Email: info@agefi.fr

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete France Guide.



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