Find a Job in Paris Fresh Out of University

Find a Job in Paris Fresh Out of University
It was December 2022, and I had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Graduating from college felt like a big success, but it also meant more time to realize my dream of moving to Paris.  As with any move, there were many logistics to consider throughout the six months it took me to arrive in Paris. Finding a job and getting a work visa were the first items on my to-do list. While this guide is based solely on my own experiences and research, I hope it can help others realize their dream of moving to France. Students in the Parc de Bercy, Paris. Photo credit: naixn / Flickr How Do You Get a Work Visa?  While there are many visa options when it comes to moving to France, my goals took me in the direction of an auto-entrepreneur visa, or an independent work visa that gives you the right to live and work in France. This visa is especially great for those looking to build their own business in France, but is different from the job-seeker visa in that you must already have some sort of business set up or a work contract before you move. However, both the auto-entrepreneur visa and job-seeker visa can be obtained in a relatively short amount of time (hence I was able to move within six months), but only if the proper documentation is presented to your regional consulate and there are no issues with your application. To obtain the auto-entrepreneur visa, I signed up with a French tutoring company that allows private tutors to post their profiles and find students online. In addition, I asked my current employer in France, whom I found via LinkedIn, to provide me with a document stating that I would be hired on the condition that I received my visa. These two documents served as proof that I had work in France and that I was planning to set up my own English tutoring business.  During the visa application process, it’s helpful if you speak French, but not absolutely necessary. If you don’t know French, however, you will most likely need to hire a translator, ask a French friend for help, or use a reputable online translator.  Paris cafe. Photo credit: Pat Guiney/ Flickr

Lead photo credit : The Seine in Paris. Photo credit: Luc Mercelis/ Flickr/ Public domain

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Jill Amari is a writer and environmental activist from Massachusetts, USA, now living in Paris. She has a B.A. in English and is a passionate writer of short stories, poems, songs, blogs and novels. She is currently querying her first YA fantasy/sci-fi novel, and her day jobs include tutoring and freelance writing. After studying in Paris for four months in 2022 and having returned in summer 2023, she has found no end to the inspiring nature of the capital and the charm of French culture. You can follow her journey on Instagram or on her website