I moved to France a little bit more than a year ago.
The reason for this was that I met a French girl whom I had a 2-year-long distance relation with before I was given a beneficial opportunity to move here.
I took a chance, win or lose if you want.
It´s proven to be a lose scenario.
During this year I have applied for more than 800(!) jobs and I have gotten 800 NO´s!
With more than 32 years of proved experience in the industrial industry with great references and a skill and experience mix that I believe is hard to match I lack two things.
I don´t speak fluent French (yet) and, maybe more important, I don´t have a Bachelors degree.
Out of these 800 jobs I have only been contacted once for a brief telephone interview and even though I made it extremely clear in my resume that I don´t speak French the interviewer insisted on speaking French, thus I had to give the phone to my girlfriend so she could conduct the interview for me.
Understand much more French than I can speak I listened to the 15 minute conversation and quickly understood that the topic was my lack of French and Bachelors degree.
When making my girlfriend ask the women if sha actually read my resume she said, -"It wasn´t her field of expertise".
She was/is the responsible HR-manager for this big French company and she didn´t understand the needs for the position they were seeking people.
And by the way, French was, expressly, NOT required for this position.
I worked my way up from a machine operator to a manager level with years in service-, customer and business development but in France I can´t get ANY jobs!
So, after a year in a country that I otherwise love and would like to stay in, I now have to move somewhere else or go back to Sweden from where I came because of this narrow mindedness that is far to present in ALL the French companies I´ve encountered.
I find it very sad!