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Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
Living & Working in France
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  • 1. Living & Working in France U-K , 2011 Mrs Frédérique Vercher Pôle Emploi International de Rouen [email_address]
  • 2. Summary
    • General presentation, p.3-4
    • Labor market, p.5-10
    • Looking for a job, p.9-21
    • - p.11 Education
    • - p.12-18 Pôle Emploi
    • - p.19 CV
    • - p.20 Cover letter
    • - p.19-21 Interview
    • Working in France, p.24-25
    • Living in France, p.26-29
    • Useful websites, p.30-34
    17/03/11
  • 3. General presentation
    • Geography
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  • 4. General presentation
    • Biggest country in Europe (so it can take a long time to move from a city to another one, if you have a business trip to plan)
    • France shares its borders with a lot of other countries Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain (so it can help you to choose a destination, if you can speak italian for instance)
    • 5500km of coasts and also islands everywhere around the world
    • 63 millions inhabitants
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  • 5. Labor market
    • France exports goods , services and also agriculture (cereals…)
    • Most of our trade is done within Europe (66%).
    • 76 millions tourists a year: France is the most visited country. 900000 people work in the tourism field (4% of total employment).
    • 25 millions of workers:
    • 3.4% in agriculture field,
    • 14% in the industry sector
    • 6.6% in construction
    • 47% in services sector
    • 30% in the administration
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  • 6. Labor market, big french companies
    • - A few big french entreprises:
    • Carrefour, Sodexho, La Poste , Veolia, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Casino, France Télécom, Saint-Gobain, SNCF, Auchan, Accor, EDF, SUEZ, Groupe Crédit Agricole, Renault, Michelin, Bouygues, Vivendi Universal…
    • Still, labor market gathers over 2 millions small and medium sized firms ( PME-PMI ) (do not forget them when you send your CV…)
    • Visit www. Insee.fr
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  • 7. Labor market, recruiting sectors
    • Construction
    • Civil engineers, engineers, quantity surveyors, designers, manual workers, etc.
    • Wages for workers are low; so 30,000 positions are not filled.
    • Bank / Finance / Insurance
    • Major banks – BNP Paribas, Crédit Commercial de France, Crédit du Nord.
    • The level required is generally 2 years higher education.
    • Healthcare
    • Public sector : doctors, pharmacists, nurses. Diplomas required.
    • Real estate
    • Customer service, estate agents.
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  • 8. Labour market, recruiting sectors.
    • Hypermarkets
    • Auchan, Carrefour, Cora, E.Leclerc, Géant, etc.
    • Sales persons, managers, directors
    • and administrative staff.
    • Hotel and Catering
    • Chefs and waiters, but low wages for beginners and long working hours.
    • Experienced reps
    • IT
    • Analysts, developers, project leaders.
    • Few opportunities if no IT qualifications.
    • Secretarial / PA
    • Still vacancies for persons with foreign languages and good word processing skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
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  • 9. Labour market
    • GDP in Europe
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  • 10. Labor market
    • GDP per capita in France, 2008
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  • 11. Looking for a job, Education
    • Education:
    • - A very important « concept » in France, recruiters give a bigger importance to diplomas than in UK
    • - The level of your French is important to get a job. You can not work in France if you do not have a good working knowledge of French.
    • Have a look on the website www.ciep.fr/en,ic-naricfr/ to know if your diploma has an equivalence.
    • Visit www.cidj.com and www.studyrama.com
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  • 12. Looking for a job
    • Pôle Emploi is the National Public Employment Service, it is in charge with placement and allowance.
    • The website is dedicated to jobseekers ( demandeurs d’emploi ) and employers.
    • As a jobseeker, you will have an access to job adverts, advices, contracts, allowances…
    • www.pole-emploi.fr
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  • 13. Looking for a job
    • Services you can find throughout www.pole-emploi.fr website:
    • Register for the Pôle Emploi as a jobseeker, updating every month your jobseeker’s account, check your allowance account.
    • Look for job adverts ( offres d’emploi ) and apply online (vacancies located in France and out of France)
    • Set up an account and subscribe to job adverts in order to receive them automaticaly on your mobile phone or e-mail address, and post up your CVs
    • Get advices and leaflets about CV, cover letter ( lettre de motivation ), interviews, negociating your salary, professionnal project and ….
    • Find information about specific contracts for disabled jobseekers, young jobseekers (18-25), over 50 years old jobseekers…
    • Find information about specific training program before work (AFPRE, POE)
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  • 14. Looking for a job 17/03/11
  • 15. Looking for a job 17/03/11
  • 16. 17/03/11
  • 17. Looking for a job
    • Your registration at Pôle Emploi is possible if:
    • - Your are able to work
    • - You are available to work
    • - You are actively looking for work
    • - You live in France
    • But,
    • - You will have to register and update your account every month.
    • - You will have to come once a month to an appointment with your personal advisor
    • - You will have to accept training, or any help we think help you get a job
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  • 18. Looking for a job
    • The Pôle Emploi provides a large range of advice and support to help you get a job:
    • Calculate, work out your job allowance
    • Give advice about your and build up a strategy to get a job
    • A phone number for any queries: 39 49, then « info » about allowances or « conseil » about placement.
    • Visit http://www.anpe.fr/espace_candidat/conseils_emploi/index.html
    • Of course, ask for help to a french Eures advisor !!
    • http://ec.europa.eu/eures
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  • 19. Looking for a job
    • CV:
    • One page only
    • You do not have to put
    • your age, photo, marital
    • status but…
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  • 20. Looking for a job
    • Cover letter :
    • ( lettre de motivation )
    • can be handwritten
    • one page
    • correct spelling
    • do not repeat what is
    • written on your CV
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  • 21. Looking for a job
    • Interview ( entretien d’embauche ) tips:
    • An interview is a sales situation, you are selling yourself, therefore it is important that you find out what the interviewer is looking for.
    • Prepare yourself with as much information about the company and role as possible (visit the company’s website).
    • Ensure you give yourself enough time to get to the interview. It is not a good impression if you turn up late… even in France.
    • Ensure you have read through your CV.. In French, to make sure you can answer any question relating to it.
    • When meeting the interviewer: smile, handshake, look interested
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  • 22. Looking for a job
    • Some standard interview questions:
    • «  Why do you want to work for us ? »
    • «  What do you know about our company ? »
    • «  What are your strenghts/ weaknesses ? »
    • «  What do you like and dislike about your current/ former job ? »
    • «  Why are you looking for a new position »
    • «  Why do you want to come and work in France ? »
    • «  How would you describe yourself ? »
    • «  What has been your greatest achievement to date , »
    • «  What are your future aspirations ? »
    • «  What can you offer to our company ?»
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  • 23. Looking for a job
    • Always answer the questions in a positive way.
    • Do not talk too much, do not reply solely with a one-word answer such as yes or no.
    • Prepare your own questions in advance: this will make you look interested in the company.
    • Finally, ask what the follow up procedure is and when you could expect to hear from them. Thank them for their time.
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  • 24. Working in France
    • Working time:
    • The legal length of working week is 35hrs.
    • The working day may not exceed 10hrs
    • Overtime ( heures supplémentaires ) is paid (25% under 43hrs, 50% if above) but…
    • For one month worked, you get 2.5 days off
    • 11 public holidays a year ( jours fériés )
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  • 25. Working in France
    • Contracts:
    • Short term contract ( CDD, contrat à durée déterminée ): it can be one month or one year…
    • Temp Term contract ( CTT, contrat de travail temporaire ): done by temporary job agencies, it can be for one day or for one month…
    • Permanent Contract ( CDI, contrat à durée indéterminée ).
    • Your employer has to give you a Employment contract ( contrat de travail ) and every month you will receive your pay slip (gross and netto salary appears) ( feuille/fiche/bulletin de paye ). You can see on it the social charges (23% of your gross salary)
    • The minimum wage in France ( SMIC ) is 9euros/hour (gross salary). You can not be paid less than 9€ an hour.
    • Visit www.travail.gouv.fr
    17/03/11
  • 26. Living in France
    • The taxes (impôts ) you will have to pay:
    • Income tax ( impôt sur le revenu ):
    • Based on your gross salary amount, from 0% to 40% of it.
    • It is not deducted from your salary (do not forget that point when negociating your salary). You have to fill in a tax return ( déclaration de revenus ).
    • Residence tax ( impôts locaux ):
    • Based on the location, the kind of dwelling you are in, and numbers
    • of square meters. In the residence tax return, you will have to add the TV tax ( redevance ): around 120euros.
    • Property tax ( taxe d’habitation ):
    • You pay it only if you own your own appartment our house.
    • Goods and services are subject to the Value Added Tax ( TVA ): 19.6%, but for books and restaurants: 5.5%.
    • Visit www.impots.gouv.fr
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  • 27. Living in France
    • The primary health insurance fund is called CPAM ( Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie )
    • You are registered with it by your employer.
    • It covers sickness, maternity, accident, invalidity, old ages and survivors’ pensions, death, family benefit and retirement.
    • Having a private mutual insurance may be helpful: you may have to buy it by your own but some employers pay a part of it (deducted from your salary)
    • Visit www.ameli.fr
    17/03/11
  • 28. Living in France
    • Few of exemples of the cost of living in France:
    • (except Paris and the Riviera which are a lot more expensive. costs are different if you buy products in a shop (butcher, baker…) or in a hypermarket)
    • Cup of coffee: 1.20 €
    • Bread ( baguette ): 0.80€
    • 1kg apples: 2€
    • 1kg fish: 15€-25€
    • 1kg meat: 8€-20€
    • 1hr mobile phone: 18€
    • 1ticket fare (bus or subway): 1.20€
    • 1 fare Rouen-Paris by train (1h15mn): 19€
    • Restaurant, main course only: 8€
    • A bear in a pub: 2.50€
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  • 29. Living in France, accommodations costs 17/03/11 Rooms /M ² PARIS LILLE NICE CAEN 1 /35 m ² 800 450 500 450 2 /60 m ² 1400 650 700 650 3-4 /80 m ² 1700 800 900 800
  • 30. Before leaving UK
    • Gather information about the country
    • Refresh your French
    • Check the papers (passport, ID, diplomas)
    • Allow enough money for the first expenses
    • - Contact your local Jobcenter, tax office, health department
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  • 31. Useful websites
    • Institutions
    • www.pole-emploi.fr (job and allowance)
    • http://ec.europa.eu/eures
    • www.ameli.fr (health)
    • www.securite-sociale.fr
    • www.apce.fr (company creation)
    • www.caf.fr (child and family benefit)
    • www.impots.gouv.fr (taxation)
    • www.retraites.gouv.fr (retirement)
    • www.travail.gouv.fr (work, contract…)
    • www.insee.fr (statistics)
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  • 32. Useful websites
    • Education
    • www.afpa.fr (adult training)
    • www.afij.org (graduated)
    • www.cidj.com (education and training)
    • www.crous.fr (students)
    • www.education.gouv.fr
    • www.onisep.fr (education, jobs)
    • www.ciep.fr (diploma)
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  • 33. Useful Websites
    • Employment
    • http://ec.europa.eu/eures
    • www.pole-emploi.fr
    • www.apec.fr (managers)
    • www.emploi.agriculture.gouv.fr
    • www.monster.fr
    • www.batiactu.com (construction)
    • www.distrijob.fr (supermarkets)
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  • 34. Useful websites
    • Culture/ miscellaneous
    • - www.allocine.fr
    • - www.marmiton.org
    • - www.beaute-test.com
    • - www.leboncoin.fr
    • - www.culture.fr
    • - www.histen-riller.fr/lapressefrancaise.htm
    • - www.francetelevision.fr
    • - www.radiofrance.fr
    17/03/11
  • 35.
    • A bientôt en France
    17/03/11

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