Developing your professional network in Paris

Developing your professional network in Paris
Updated 2022-05-02 21:35

“It's not what you know, it's who you know" is of particular relevance when you live in Paris. Networking is important in the Parisian labor market and is useful for getting a job or making new and relevant connections in your field.

You'll have to play by these rules if you want to assert yourself in the professional world. As an expat, this may seem daunting, but do not worry!  So how do you start to build your professional network in Paris?

Connect online

To begin with, professional social networks are essential. LinkedIn, for example, is widely used in France to connect you with agencies, professionals and companies that match your experience. Be sure to have an up-to-date profile and to connect with anyone relevant to your job search or field of work either individually or through the wide variety of groups available. Starting a conversation online is a great way to connect with individuals in your field and showcase your expertise.

Find and attend networking events that match you

MeetUp organizes events in Paris that are very accessible on a regular basis, with a range of networking events often focused on a particular business or skill. Start-ups, business networkers, marketing, data enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs all have a space on the event calendar on MeetUp.

Coworking for freelancers

These past years, the amount of coworking spaces has grown exponentially in Paris due the rising amount of freelancers and digital nomads. There are dozens of coworking options today, whether you're a startup or a freelancer, from casual cafes with hourly rates (AntiCafe, Craft, Hubsy, Le Nuage, and 10h10, to name a few), to monthly rental offices or practices in trendy spaces (such as Station F, WeWork, or Deskopolitan). So much more than a work desk with high-speed Wi-fi, coworking spaces also hosts regular networking events. They also have bulletin boards where you can share your freelance skills. Find the nearest coworking space in Paris and its special features, and then get networking!

Activate your network

You are the only person who can start building a network. Are you looking for a job in Paris, wanting to change careers, or just want to enrich your address book? Talk to your friends and professional connections and ask them if they know anyone who can help you get closer to your goals. This is a very common practice in Paris, so don't hesitate to ask for help! Learn more about how coworking spaces in Paris, and then get started!

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