Europe is known not only or its culture and tourism but also for its strong economy. European Union as a whole is a very important international entity. Millions of people around the world, at some point in their lives, would like to visit or work in Europe to add to their personal or professional experience.
For those non-Europeans willing to work in France, this article provides information about the work permit and the different professional fields.
EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are allowed to work in France without any sponsorship by the employer. This is different in case of all the other nationalities.
Graduate students, still enrolled in an educational institution, do not require sponsorship to do internships if their degree program required mandatory internships.These are the internships which are required to be validated as a part of the education program in order to graduate.
However, for long term contracts (for example CDD and CDI in France), they will require Visa sponsorship by the employer. Therefore, it is a bit more tricky for them to get a job in France, but is nevertheless possible if they carry the skills.
Language as a part of job profile
A clear majority of French business requires proficiency in the French language. The French educational institutions teach in French, even in higher education, and from Auditing to Consulting and others – everything is predominantly in French.
However, France is a very international country, especially in its capital region. The Paris region, also known as Île-de-France, consists of the city of Paris and its surrounding communes – including the Business District La Défense. The concentration of non-Europeans is the highest in this region of France.
Biggest French multinationals and corporates have their headquarters in the Paris Business District and foreign large companies also have their offices here. Other French SMEs are also concentrated in the Paris region. This makes it the center of the French economic activity.
Due to this international Business environment and dealings with international clients, significant jobs for English speakers are open. If as a non-European, you are still learning the French language, then there are still many positions available for you to consider.
English speaking non-Europeans in the French employment scenario
For English speakers, the following four factors will play an important role –
1. Your educational institution: France is one of those many countries where the brand value and reputation of your university/business school counts. Being from one of the best schools from outside of France or the “grande ecoles” of France will be definitely a plus.
2. Your previous professional experiences: Proven excellent track record in past professional life is the best way to compromise for lacking French skills. This, of course, will happen if the job responsibilities of the position you are applying to do not depend on French language
3. Your portfolio: Documents are your first impression. CV, motivation letter and reference letters have to be flawless in order to reach to the interview rounds The interview has to be the moment to seal the deal.
4. Willingness to learn French: Not knowing French and, in addition, showing no interest whatsoever in doing so, might be interpreted as a sign of reluctance to adapt. This directly implies inability to cooperate and perform in the new work culture of the company to the best of your ability. Therefore, it is always nice to demonstrate interest in improving your French t kills
5. Choice of job position: Some roles are more language dependent than others. Therefore, while choosing a field, you must take this into account.
Types of Job profiles
Keeping aside part time jobs like waitressing and babysitting, let us focus on professional and full-time jobs. Keeping in mind your work permit situation and French language proficiency, some of the following options might align with your interests.
Internships in France usually last between 4 to 6 months. Almost always, if not always, those hired are either EU/EEA or Swiss, or are students of other nationalities applying for mandatory internships.
Sponsoring Visa requires significant formalities and paperwork, and is considered impractical for short-term contracts like internships.
Jobs in sectors like education, business and engineering are plenty in France. However, the competition is fiercely high. Moreover, there are differences across sectors, company sizes and job profiles.
For example, in some job profiles, language requirements are not as demanding as others. Some require not only language proficiency, but also knowledge of the local system. For example, jobs in the “legal” sector require knowledge of the French language as well as the French law.
Consulting, Public Relations, Customer Service, Education, Accounting and supply chain are some of the job profiles that require French proficiency. On the other hand, IT/Software, Digital Marketing, Internal operations and data analysis have significant number of jobs that are open to English speaking applicants.
Like most other countries, France has its own CV guidelines. The length of the CV, the type of information included in the CV, etc. are all defined to some extent.
The importance of motivation letters is significant, but fluctuates with the specific companies or job profiles, and may even depend on the recruiter.
Concentration of non-European Professionals
Non Europeans are employed more in Ile de France, the Paris region, than anywhere else in France. In fact, the capital region of France is extremely international.
Moreover, more interns than long-term contractual employees are present in France when it comes to non-Europeans. Also, younger companies and newer products or services tend to have a lesser traditional influence. Hence, they are more likely to hire non-Europeans.
Based on the cultural trends, as well as political and business trends, the world is becoming more and more globalized. France too, as a result, is seeing more non-Europeans in the recent years. Be it for education, for tourism or for employment.
A good profile building and valuable contribution to the French businesses will definitely help you land your dream job in France.