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Hi all:)

I was wondering if there is anyone out there that would be able to advice me on finding work in the south of France.
I have dual nationalities (French-Norwegian), so I hold a French citizenship as well as a Norwegian one.
Unfortunately I have never lived in France. I do speak fairly good french, and can hold a conversation, however I cannot write very much French and my grammar is poor. But I know that if I were to live in France I would pick it up in no-time. I just need to get there first :)

Briefly, I speak and write fluent Norwegian and English, and I am also starting a German course after Christmas.

My work experience includes waitressing, care taking (elderly people), sales advisor/shop assistant and at the moment I am working as a project secretary for an international company that works in the oil and gas sector.
I had no experience from before from working with administration, however I am getting really good experience from my current job and would like to do something similar in the future.

It would be great if anyone knows of places to work where they look for people with language skills and where they take on international employees.

Hope somebody can help:)
 
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Any particular reason why Marseille/Montpellier? Because with reasonable French, plus English, Norwegian the tourist offices sometimes employ season workers in the likes of the ski resorts. Bit late now for this winter season though. Worth writing to the tourist offices in the big towns around the south of France for next summer too.

Hotels can have seasonal jobs too for linguists, in reception or bookings etc.

Neither of the above two need particularly amazing written French.
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With little experience, and no specialised qualifications, it will not be easy. Secretarial work will usually require fluent spoken and excellent written French, so that seems pretty unlikely.

There are some useful websites for jobseekers, someone may have the urls to hand - I don't, right now. Otherwise it's a matter of hard graft. Emailing, writing to hundreds of potential employers on the offchance!
 

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Any particular reason why Marseille/Montpellier? Because with reasonable French, plus English, Norwegian the tourist offices sometimes employ season workers in the likes of the ski resorts. Bit late now for this winter season though. Worth writing to the tourist offices in the big towns around the south of France for next summer too.

Hotels can have seasonal jobs too for linguists, in reception or bookings etc.

Neither of the above two need particularly amazing written French.
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With little experience, and no specialised qualifications, it will not be easy. Secretarial work will usually require fluent spoken and excellent written French, so that seems pretty unlikely.

There are some useful websites for jobseekers, someone may have the urls to hand - I don't, right now. Otherwise it's a matter of hard graft. Emailing, writing to hundreds of potential employers on the offchance!


Thank you for your answer!

I have distant family in Marseille and Montpellier, and I am familiar with Montpellier as I have spent many summers there with my parents. I love the climate. I can probably ask them if they know anyone or can help me, however I am not sure they will be able to as my written french is not the best. I will look into what you mentioned about tourist offices etc. That could be a good place to start, and then evolve from there as I get contacts.
 

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Bonjour

Oil and Gas industry firms are plentyful around Marseille while Montpellier would rather be High Tech and agro-industries (with some limitations) . Toulouse and area is also good for Oil and Gas (upstreamd and dowstream).

This does not guarantee you a job. Hard to find in Marseille. Huge proportions of unimployment there. But nice opportunities here Accueil Pôle emploi sur pôle emploi le nouveau nom de l'anpe et des assedic and there Apec.fr - Portail - Recrutement et offres d'emploi cadres.

You might have also noticed that I did not encourage you for a waitress job or a shop assistant. Oil and Gas looks more promising to me, as the 2 other professions might require advanced spoken skills.
Scout around before making a choice, apply on the web and make phone calls to see how you resume is appreciated. It gives you ample time to improve your written French that might not be immediately essential in Oil and Gas . But for sure, you will need it. Does a Frenchman not need Norwegian in Norway?

Good luck, let us know.
 

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Some things to do right now:
1. Work on your CV to highlight your language and international skills, then get it translated by a professional translator who is translating into their mother tongue
2. Enrol in a course to improve your French. As you have very specific needs, I would advise you to go for private tuition if you can afford it (perhaps a French-speaking student at the local university, if you can't afford tutor's rates?), and make sure you get help in the areas you need it i.e. professional French (e.g. employee-client communication), social spoken French and cultural information, letter-writing terms and conventions, interview practice, ...
3. If you are staying where you are for a while, consider the possibility of getting more qualifications if you don't have many. They may not be too important in Norway, but a French employer generally likes to see lots of certificates.
4. Sign up to receive job offers from Pôle Emploi (mentioned above) plus the big agencies (Trovit, Monster, etc). These will give you an idea of possibilities even if they don't get you a job.

It is difficult to find anything in Montpellier (my son tried there and gave up, moving to Brittany, and he's fully bilingual) but your experience in catering and sales will stand you in good stead. If you settle in a real tourist area so that accommodation is no problem you should find summer work OK - many large campsites etc now insist on foreign nationals in reception rather than locals who "speak a bit of English". If nothing else, you are more or less guaranteed at least a temporary job in McDonalds. Once you get here, register with Pôle Emploi and all the Intérim (temping) agencies and be prepared to take anything that's offered to get some experience in working in France on your CV. Good luck but don't expect it to be easy!
 
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