The normal approach to job applications in France is sending a curriculum vitae together with a cover letter.
Recognition of diplomas:
You can find out whether your profession is regulated (needs specific qualifications for you to be able to practice it) or not in France, by checking on the European Commission’s database.
If your profession is not regulated, you can find more information on how to obtain a comparability statement in order to recognise the qualifications you had in your country of origin on this website of Enic Naric https://www.france-education-international.fr/hub/reconnaissance-de-diplomes
To make speculative applications (candidatures spontanées) you can use Pages Jaunes (Yellow Pages) to look for companies in your sector or look to the buisness directory as Kompass http://fr.kompass.com or for industry sector in www.aef.cci.fr
Useful websites to find job offers:
- National employment network : www.pole-emploi.fr
- A job portal has been launched by Pôle Emploi to become a ‘one-stop-shop for all your employment search needs’ : Emploi Store
- Association pour l’Emploi des Cadres (APEC) – the French national agency for employment of professionals and executives : vacancies and job seeking advice in French for executives and young graduates
- Cadre emploi : vacancies for executive posts and jobs with responsibility in French.
- EURES – European Job Mobility Portal – includes job vacancies, living and working conditions and labour markets in France, as well as a CV-posting service for jobseekers.
Some specialized websites by sector
- Agriculture : http://anefa.org , www.agrojob.com ; www.apecita.com ; www.chambres-agriculture.fr
- Architecture – building : http://emploi-btp.lemoniteur.fr
- Audiovisual : http://emploi.afiv.com
- Bank : www.assurancejob.com ; www.ffsa.fr ; www.efinancialcareers.fr ; www.linkfinance.fr
- Buisness : www.fvd.fr
- Catering : www.emploi-restaurant.fr ; www.lhotellerie-restauration.fr
- Communication : www.afci.asso.fr
- Computing : www.carriere-informatique.com
- Craft : www.institut-metiersdart.org
- Environnment : www.apecita.com ; www.emploi-environnement.com
- Health and care : http://sante-social.emploipublic.fr
- Industry : http://emploi.techniques-ingenieur.fr ; www.les-industries-technologiques.fr
- Law : www.afje.org
- Sport : www.animjobs.com ; www.profession-sport-loisirs.fr
- Science : www.afib.asso.fr ; www.anrt.asso.fr
- Transportation : www.aerocontact.com : www.aeroemploiformation.com
Professional sectors’ association
French companies are grouped in professional sector cluster or association. Each has his own website where you’ll find information about occupations and job offers.
To find these associations you can look into this website
Linkedin, with its 610 million users worldwide (and 16 million in France), is the professional social network that offers the most possibilities for your professional insertion. Thanks to the toptweets, the various hashtags « Employment », « Recruitment » and the ease of networking, Twitter is an essential tool in the job search.
On Facebook, sometimes without really looking, you can come across job ads and offers, shared by friends or dedicated groups, sponsored by companies, or liked by acquaintances. But there are also groups on this network that are entirely dedicated to finding jobs, internships or work experience.
With its number of active users worldwide reaching one billion, including 17 million in France, Instagram can also rhyme with finding a job. Companies have invested in the platform to make themselves known and above all to develop their employer brand, in order to make potential future employees want to join them.
Wizbii is a job board exclusively for graduates and students.
Aimed at young graduates and students, La Relève is a website that offers internships, work-study programmes and first jobs. The company focuses on SMEs and start-ups