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Jobs and Business in France

If you are hoping to work in Europe’s third-largest economy, French language skills can be a great benefit and are often even a requirement. Popular fields of work include the energy sector, as well as services in general and a large public sector.

Unemployment rates are high among French youth in particular, with some economists naming the public sector as one a possible reason for this, saying it is too large to sustain itself. Due to a number of terror attacks in the past few years, France’s tourism has also taken a hit. However, it still remains one of the most important industries in the country. Regardless of your field of choice, an updated CV listing past employments, experiences, and skills is key for a successful application. In case the original is not already in French, include a translation of your CV and add an appropriate picture of yourself. The latter is not required but recommended.

Keeping Up the Work Ethic

In France, company structures are typically autocratic, i.e. businesses are ruled from the top. Decisions can be slow in the making, despite small talk playing just a minor role during business meetings. Agendas and sufficient preparation time help all attendees stay on topic during the latter, while five weeks of annual vacation time help keep up the work ethic. During business lunches or dinners, the business part often only begins after the meal and is initiated by the hosting party. Being invited by co-workers is not as common in France as it is in some other countries — family life and work are instead kept rather separate. Thus, it is not surprising that the pretty personal greeting of people with a kiss on both cheeks (les bises) is reserved for close friends or family.

Starting a Business in France

Would you rather be your own boss? Starting a business abroad can involve a lot of research and planning, beginning with the question of what type of company to set up. From sole proprietorships (entreprise individuelle) to public limited liability companies (S.A.), the choice of business model in France depends on various factors including but not limited to the number of partners, the amount of minimum capital, as well as taxation deliberations, and the level of liability one is willing to enter. Expats who are hoping to be their own boss will also need to ensure they have a Skills and Talents permit (compétences et talents), unless they are originally from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
Mireille Auffret
"Gambia is very different from my native Cameroon. With InterNations I managed to settle quickly here in Banjul, my new home."
Tobias Karlsen
"Connecting Global Minds: What a fantastic idea! I've come to know so many warm-hearted expats via InterNations. Thanks!"

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