Finding a job in France can be challenging, especially if you are a refugee and don’t know the French system yet. InfoMigrants explains how to find vacancies, how to apply, and which organizations can help you.
I just arrived in France. Can I work here?
– If you have no papers, you are not allowed to work in France.
– If you are an asylum seeker and your case has not yet been assessed by Ofpra (Office français de protection des réfugiés et Petrides, the French Refugee Protection Office), you may not work except in certain cases.
– You may only work in France if you have obtained refugee status or a long-stay visa (titer de séjour) with the right to work.
I am allowed to work in France. How do I apply for a job?
To apply in France, you need two things: a CV (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter.
– A CV is a document that lists and describes your professional experience, your education, and any other certificates or diplomas you have received.
– A cover letter is a document written to the company or person offering the job. The purpose of the letter is to introduce yourself, say why you want the job, and describe your qualities and experience in more detail.
How do I find a job?
There are various possibilities:
– Respond to job openings on job boards, such as Jobijoba, Adecco, Manpower, Indeed, Monster
– Contact an employment agency or an employment agency.
– Send your CV to companies that interest you, even if there is no vacancy, by email, or by post.
– Contact organizations that specifically work with refugees, such as Action Emploi réfugiés, La Fabrique Nomade (for craftsmen), or Les customs migrateurs (for chefs and cooks).
– Go door to door and give your CV to companies personally.
How can I get help with the first steps?
Several organizations can help you write or rewrite your CV and prepare for an interview: le Secours catholique, Singa, Baam, Revivre, le Secours popular, Action emploi réfugiés, France Terre d’asile.