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Work in Paris


Paris, the French capital city, naturally attracts many expatriates every year. If you are looking forward to work there, here is how to proceed.

Paris is a world-class capital city and expat destination with around 2,245 million inhabitants. Thanks to the presence of several international companies which have set up there, it provides a wide range of career prospects. Known as the “City of Light”, Paris is a continuously developing and modernizing city at all levels. So if you are planning to settle and work there, you should not have much trouble in finding the right job that matches with your profile.


The local economy is mainly driven by the tertiary sector. Leisure and professional tourism, as well as culture, also greatly contribute to the economic dynamism.

Despite being a very lively area, Paris has not been spared by unemployment which is still quite present in most sectors. In early 2015, unemployment rate was quite high, amounting to around 135,000 job seekers. However, there seems to be a rise in terms of employment since 2014, especially in the field of industry.

Promising fields

According to specialists, high profiles in specific fields are more likely to be hired in Paris. These are, namely executives, project managers and R & D software engineers. You may also try your luck in the following fields if you have the required qualifications and skills:

  • scientific and technical services
  • personal services
  • health and social activities
  • mass retail
  • information and communication technology
  • energy
  • aeronautics.

Find a job

The local labor market is quite saturated, but you still have some hope if you know from where to start your search. If you are not yet on the spot, take the time to inquire with your friends or contacts, or in the Internet. You can choose from various general and specialized job websites, as well as local newspapers. Monster, APEC, as well as can definitely be of great help.

When sending your job applications, make sure to mention your expected arrival date in France so that recruiters can arrange for an Interview. Like in the rest of the country, your resume and cover letter have to be perfect! Spelling mistakes are frowned upon.

Why not call the potential employers to inquire whether they require candidates having your profile? You might be lucky! Who knows? Word-of-mouth is also quite widespread in Paris. So why not spread the word among your friends and contacts, especially if they are in the business areas of Bercy, la Défense, Montparnasse, Saint-Denis Pleyel, etc.

 Useful links: – Work in Paris Forum – Jobs in Paris 
Enquête Besoins en Main-d'œuvre 2015 – Paris
Pôle Emploi – Ile de France
Maison de l’emploi de Paris
Chambre de Commerce et de l’Industrie de Paris
Monster Ile de France
Jobs in Paris

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