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Job Hunting In France: Careers Advice

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Pedro Ribeiro Simões  Paris Old Metro Signboard  Paris, France

Pedro Ribeiro Simões, Paris Old Metro Signboard, Paris, France

Job hunting can be hard enough in your home country but looking for work at a new abode can seem utterly daunting. It’s often thought that career prospects aren’t easy for those moving to France, and it’s true much of your success will be dependent upon whether you can speak the language or not.

In order to get a high level job it would certainly be worth while brushing up on your language skills by taking a course before you set about looking for work. Language courses can be done online or at evening classes, where there are a number of options.

Unemployment rates are slowly falling in France but still the under 25s are those in the highest risk group. It should also be noted that much available work is flexible and not permanent. That said, the good news is that in some sectors there is indeed a skills shortage.

The French government recently listed those sectors currently and actively seeking recruits. They are as follows:  ICT professionals, Health professionals and veterinarians, Engineering professionals, Finance professionals and Legal professionals and legislators.

There is also a more interesting list noted by French employment agency Pole Emploi noted that the country is also looking for winegrowers, tree surgeons, waiters, restaurant workers and community workers. You’ll also be in luck if you can lend a hand as a rural farm worker.

The good news is that they also highlight the need for English speaking nannies, estate agents and those experienced in the travel sector. Indeed English speakers (although not necessarily those who can’t speak a word of French) could also find work in industries such as foreign embassies, major organisations including Unesco and Action Against Hunger. You could also take up more varied jobs such as tour guides or even red tape experts. The latter would certainly be helpful for others moving to the area.

Some 153,000 Brits are officially registered as living in France and many of those have interesting and exciting jobs. With a little preparation you could be one of them.

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So you’re thinking of emigrating and know where you’d like to live, but there’s just one problem. How will you find a job there and where do you begin looking for work?

Well, depending on where you’d like to move to, it goes without saying that your options for job-hunting may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa and the salary the company is willing to pay you. These obstacles should not deter you from trying to find a job abroad but rather give you a sense of the skills and resources needed to evolve into a competitive candidate whilst helping you focus on the opportunities that best suit you.

Think about your reasons for seeking paid employment in another country. Are you hoping to learn a new skill, build upon your existing CV with international experience or fund the exploration of a new culture and lifestyle? Knowing more about why you want to work abroad will help you determine what types of work will be best suited to you.

Here are some useful resources to get you started:

Descriptions from the World Bank about various countries – Countries & Regions — The World Bank

US government publications giving a brief history and offering important facts about different countries – Country Background Notes — U.S. Department of State

News, forecasts and statistics for countries – Country Briefing — The Economist

Country travel updates – Country Travel Reports — Canada Consular Affairs

Historical, economic and political profiles covering all countries and territories – Country Profiles — BBC News

Major country facts and human rights ratings – Country Profiles — New Internationalist

Statistical indicators and basic facts about countries around the world and ways to sort and display the data – NationMaster.com

Information about countries and locations around the world – The World Factbook — U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The key is to make sure you fully commit to the idea of emigrating and don’t worry about missing home. Most people who emigrate but return home later usually develop a desire to want to do it again at some stage. Even if you fail to find your ideal job role, you will enjoy the ride and strengthen your character and life experience in the long run.

Do your research, both on and offline. When you decide on a country to move to, tell your friends. Chances are they will know someone who knows someone there, so you will build up a list of contacts to meet. Take that person out for a drink and ask for the names of people who are still living near your new home who might be accessible when you arrive, then email to connect with them.

Maybe you might be interested in moving to a country like South Africa? If so, start learning Afrikaans. This will allow you to build a marketable skill to give you an added advantage when applying for jobs. Language skills become even more important if you are interested in a business-related field, as you may need to conduct meetings in a foreign language.

Depending on your financial resources, where you are in your career path and where you want to go, it might make sense to move first and then start searching once settled. It is more of a risk, but many employers are often more likely to recruit you if you are available in the country and willing to work than if you are still based in the UK.

What about the potential for transference abroad through your current company? If you’ve been working for an international company such as Deloitte, Edelman or UBS for example, all have exchange programs that send employees to their international offices. However, the opportunity to move abroad usually takes a few years to work up to, so patience may be required.

While the job-hunting process largely remains the same, each country often has its own unique set of qualifying criteria. Taking a look at the US for example, there is currently a shortage of skills in areas such healthcare, engineering, construction, information technology and teaching, amongst other sectors. In most cases, the points system for visa applications is heavily dependent on a job offer and there are two categories of US visas: immigrant and non-immigrant.

Non-immigrant’s with a university degree usually find the US job application process easier if they they have skills that are in short supply, such as being a minister or religious worker, someone with a scientific or medical background, an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts (including the television and movie industry), education, business or athletics or they might have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience. US recruitment agents will not usually take you seriously if you are not already in the country, so applying for jobs prior to leaving is often futile. In most cases, you will need a job offer before being able to obtain a visa and your employer will usually be your sponsor at a cost to them of $5,000 and upwards. They may also have to prove that there is no other American able to do the job if the position is to be permanent.

Sometimes, a multinational employer with offices in the US may be willing to transfer you, but even then the employer has to prepare a good case and your dependent spouse may work by applying for a dual-intent visa. Again, you may only be considered if you have specialist skills that are essential to the operation of the company or if you run the UK arm that somebody can manage for you whilst you are in the US.

Getting a green card is not always easy, even if you are lawfully admitted via one of the routes mentioned above.

Employment-based green cards often require employer sponsorship, labour market testing to prove no US citizen can do the job, and in many cases the wait may run into several years. In other words, a sponsoring employer or job offer is not always enough and the pathway to a green card should always be researched thoroughly.

Furthermore, there is also a total quota of 140,000 for employment-based green cards per year.

With all of this in mind, PSS International Removals have a network of recruitment partner specialists carefully selected to make finding that dream job in the US even easier. Drop us a line to find out more or read the relevant section on our website!