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What are the dos and don'ts of finding a job in Ivory Coast?

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Ivory Coast? Is it better to job-hunt by directly contacting the company of your interest, or should job-seekers rely on a recruitment agency, for example?

Are there any unique aspects that job-seekers should consider when preparing their CV/résumé and cover letter? Should a photo be included?

Do you have any tips on interview conduct in Ivory Coast? Are there any particulars, such as greetings or behavioural customs?

In you opinion, is knowledge of the local language or a regional language necessary to successfully apply for a job? What level of the language should job-seekers have mastered?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Bonjour,

I would suggest to first lists the companies you have interest in and learn how they process for recruitment.

I.e. I have used the following websites:
- To identify which companies are in CIV (https://www.goafricaonline.com/ci). 
- To identify employment at the embassy (http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/co … x?lang=eng)
- I have personally decided to follow on LinkedIn and other social media the companies I have interest for and that are in Ivory Coast (this is the hardest part for me because there is no official directory of Canadians companies in CIV)

Then second connect with people around you to know if in their companies there is an opening, or if they know (and could introduce you) to someone who knows someone... (because recommendations are still the best way to get a Job in some place).

Some company will only go through staffing agencies (I know the followings)
- http://www.rmo-jobcenter.com/fr/cote-d-ivoire.html
- http://www.africajobcenter-ci.com/nos-o … mploi.html
- There is also a group on LinkedIn called Africa Job Brokers (if you know others please share the names with me)

Some company will only recruit external; meaning directly from fairs abroad (in Canada, France, etc.), or to specialized agencies. Connect with the different Chambers of Trades, a lot are present in Ivory Coast, and the more you connect the more people will get to know you and think of you if there's an opportunity somewhere.

Please note that I am only talking about my experiences and the ones of those I know. I would love to know other tips and insights.

#myfivecents :)

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