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How to find a summer job in France

Start thinking about it early in the year. However, there can also be last minute opportunities. You will not be the only one on the market! Here are some advice and tips to help you in your job hunt.

Focus on

  • Formalities: nothing is required for nationals of EU countries or Switzerland, except for Bulgarians, Romanians and Croats. If you are not from an UE country, then you will need a work permit. You will get more information from the French consulate in your country.
  • The French economic situation, labour market, recruiting habits and employment law to make your job hunt a success
  • Your experience, your skills and your level of French will have a impact on the type of summer jobs you will have
  • Your budget: Estimate how much money you will need to cover expenses such as accommodation, food, commuting

How to find a job ?


Application and job interview

Depending on your nationality, you can either write a French CV or a European Europass CV. Your cover letter must present your arguments, be clear and adapted to each company. Job interview: If you do not have any real experience, highlight your knowledge, your skills, your hobbies, your personal talents, and your motivation.

Working conditions

French employment law also applies to summer jobs. You can work from 14, but it is rather difficult to find a job at that age. The employer must offer you a written work contract within 48 hours after hiring you. Your salary should be at least the minimum wage (“SMIC” in France): 1 480,27€ per month for 35 hours per week. Apply for a European Health Insurance Card and make sure the employer applies for social insurance for you.