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Old 12th June 2019, 07:32 AM
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I appreciate your kind help. We are Anglophone Africans living in Gif-sur-Yvette at the moment. My wife plans to start a Masters degree in Paris from next year but in the interim, it has been difficult for her to get a temporary job. It appears that the two stumbling blocks are her French level and the fact that she does not have a French degree.

She has rights to work thanks to her passport talent (famille). I was wondering whether anyone has been faced with a similar situation and how they got around it.

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I know you're not going to want to hear this, but this is a pretty common issue for newly arrived expats in France. There doesn't appear to be an "easy" way around it.

Part of this will depend on what your wife's "qualification" is - specifically what degrees or diplomas she has. The French are a little nuts about "qualifications" even over experience. Her CV should "translate" her educational achievements into French terms (e.g. a typical 3 or 4 year "bachelor" degree is, for the French "bac +3"). Depending on the field, that can help.

But the lack of French is going to be an issue just about anywhere, except perhaps for a large multinational company (mostly in Paris) or a research type job up on the plateau in Saclay.

One other option is to do something "small" like teaching or tutoring English (may wind up having to set up an auto-entrepreneur business), child care or housekeeping. If by "next year" you mean she will be starting her masters' program in September, it may be difficult to find a "summer job" this late in the season, especially a "student job," as those tend to get snapped up around April.
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Thanks a lot for getting back. She has started working on her French and passed her theory and practical driving tests and so hold a French driving licence (she has rougly B1 level in French but has not yet certified it via exam).

Yes, the plan is to start a masters by September next year and we are hoping she can find a masters taught in English.

Regarding teaching jobs, many employers ask for native English speakers (Anglo-Phone West African is not native English).

We'll keep trying. Thanks once again.

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While you wait for better things, your wife could offer English lessons to groups: ie groups of children or adults. It is not the ideal time of year, but parents who would like their children to keep up their English during the long summer holidays (or even start learning English for the very young) might be interested. Needs to be very entertaining: games, songs etc.

You could put little cards in the local shops, Post Office, Mairie etc.

From experience, I suggest you ask for payment at the outset. Decide how much you wish to earn per hour and divide by the number of pupils.

You could do this at home or if you can find an association up and running locally ask to do this as part of their activities, they may have a hall or room you can use.

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Agree with Bev and Verité, it will be difficult and hard work.

I have taught French and international studuents on how to write CVs in English, English interview technique etc. However I know little of French CVs but enough to appreciate that they are different. IF possible get a native French speaker with CV experience to help you with the CV and all important "lettre de motivation". These must be in very good French and in the French style. Translating an English CV into French is not a good idea. Incidentally, the reverse translation doesn't work either.

Here's a technique that may help you List all your contacts that you have in France, include neighbours, the lady in the bakery, EVERYONE. Then list the best way to contact each person. Then contact each person....and don't ask them for a job....because the easy answer is "no"! Instead explain in 15 seconds what you can offer (mini CV), you are looking for a job, and ask if they can give you the names and contact details of TWO people who might be able to help you. People will feel more obliged to help you in this way. Then contact these two people and do the same. I forget the mathematics, but if you do this about 40 times you will contact the whole population of France....there must be a job somewhere!

Good luck and tell us how you get on.

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If you can find a really good French dictionary such as a large Collins Robert they will have examples of CV and lettre in the middle section Then of course there is good old Google but as others have said there are queues of native French people looking for jobs at the moment Bonne Chance

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