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Few tips for French people looking for a job in London!

By No author
12/06/2005

Working in London when you are French!
Not that easy but not "Mission Impossible"!

 

You will find below some advice that France In London's members have put together based on their past experience.


Before finding a job:

Tip No 1: Start ASAP your job hunting from France using one of your friend's address here in London. Your chances of getting a call from a recruiter will dramatically improve!
 
Tip No 2: Check out the following specialized website :

And obviously, www.franceinlondon.com where you will find many jobs available to work in French restaurants, French shops, as nannies or au-pairs. And it's FREE!

 

Tip No 3: Put time and effort into developing your language skills. It is also important to say to prospective employers what your level of English is especially if you know that you are rather good at it. This is worth a lot whether you are looking for a job in a bar or in the business world. Be careful not to over estimate them it! You'll be caught very fast!

Tip 4: Do not hesitate to call back the recruiters to get an interview! It is extremely beneficial especially if you are seeking a marketing job or a sales job. Do not hesitate to go there and introduce yourself directly to the firm.

 
Generally, interviews in the UK are less formal than in France, so don't be surprised if the recruiter asks you to have a coffee in the Starbucks around the corner.

After finding a job:

Congratulations! You have found a job in London! Now you'll have to worry about boring formalities such as getting a National Insurance Number or even worse a Bank Account.

The National Insurance Number?

It is the equivalent of the French "numéro de sécurité sociale". It will allow you to pay less tax when you have a job (Well it all depends on how much you are earning of course!).

This « National Insurance Number » will also enable you to see a doctor or to go to the hospital for free

 

What you've got to do is:

To find your closest "job centre" agency.

Please click on the following link

On the phone, they will ask you the following:
  • Your identity, situation, how long have you been in the UK for
  • Your adress in London, so that they can give you an appointment close to your house
  • The name and address of your boss if you have a job
Following this phone call, you will get an appointement and you will receive by post a confirmation's letter with the list of the documents to provide on the D day

On the day of your appointment, give your name at the reception and wait until you are called

After checking your documents and a few words exchanged, you will receive your National Insurance Number by post within 6 weeks. So be patient!

If you want to read more information about the NIN, please click on the following link:

Job Centre Plus

Department of Work and Pension :

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/ni_number.asp

 

What about opeing a bank account?

Contrary to France, current accounts are totally free. Nevertheless, note that you might be charged for a Visa and Mastercard's credit cards in some famous English banks such as HSBC or Nawest, but free in others.

To open an account, you must provide a proof of address such as utility bills. (gas, electricity, council tax) or a letter from your estate agent.

If you are an Erasmus student, it will be much easier because you certainly filled out some forms prior to your departure.  Most famous banks:Natwest, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Virgin

One of the best benefits in working in the UK is that your income tax is directly deducted from your salary each month. So no surprises at the end of the year like in France :)

Good luck!

COMMENTS:

22/11/2016 - jeandekerdanet said :

Hi,

For the cv and the motivation letter (for a job application), should we do it the french way and traduce it in english, or should we do it the english way ? (in that case, should we write a cover letter or motivation letter ?)

Thank you in advance !

Sincerely yours,

John

20/09/2016 - Nr000999 said :

Dear all;
We would be happy to host French native speaker lady for improving my son's French. We leave in centre of London. Which is very comfy to reach all areas and to have All opportunities with facilities. My son is 11 years old. He is not a child, he needs improve his French. I need the candidat for 25 hours a week.

Please, contact me via email: nr000999@gmail.com.
Thank you
Nataliya.

14/10/2014 - fleque.nat said :

Hello
My daughter is looking for a place to leave in a family and a job during 6 MONTHS from January to June . She would like to leave in a family and be the baby sister , but a serious place in a good family . She is 18 years old her name is Lisa and she is a nice persone very quiet . Thanks a lot . Nathalie Fleque .

18/02/2014 - heinimann.marc said :

Bonjours, je vais bientôt sur Londres ou je vais habiter chez un ami , mais je vais payer au locataire une chambre , mais l' attestation de domicile ne sera pas a mon nom mais celle de mon ami , cela pose t' il problème lorsque si je veux ouvrir un compte ou pour m' inscrit a un Jobcenter ?

19/12/2013 - Babytango28 said :

French black lady looking for job in London like housekeeper am very serious person I Speak a few English but I understand so if u looking for a housekeeper u can send me a email thank u best regards

01/12/2013 - babyango28 said :

jeune femme metisse francaise tres serieuse cherche un travail a londres comme dame de compagnie pour personne agees je suis simple et agreable je sais cuisiner coudre peindre netoyer j'aime repaser je ne fume pas je suis disponible et je peux vivre avec vous si vous le souhaiter j'aime faire la lecture je parle un peux l'anglais l'espagnol et le francais si mon profile vous intersee envoyer un message merci
cordialement EMY

01/09/2012 - contact said :

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12/11/2011 - ingrid_lundula said :

bonjour ,
merci pour les renseignements , peut t-on commencer à travaillé sans nin ?

16/09/2011 - stande said :

hi there im interesting about it. i speak french and i anderstand the english language i live in london to stratford sisne 2month i whant work and i whant lurning the english language thanx

16/10/2010 - turkoz.feride said :

Hi, I am interesting about it.

I speak french, dutch and turks

Feride

Thanks

30/04/2009 - rachel.farhi said :

You will definitely need a British-style CV to help you get a job. My service can help you - I have worked with European jobseekers for many years and written their CVs for them. Please see my website www.cv-dr.co.uk for further details. Bon chance!

12/02/2009 - aideinfo.intersejours said :

Association Inter-Séjours set up in 1968 offer some jobs in Catering Industry all over London and areas.
Different kinds of jobs in Restaurant, sales market, fast food, pubs, ...30 to 40 hours per week Good salary + days off Stay from 2 months to 1 year
For people aged between 18 and 30 years old from European Union witth Intermediate level in English
Accommodation + Work guaranty before leaving
Administrative assistant and help during your stay
Details available on www.inter-sejours.frpage Jobs en Hotellerie restauration
or by phone to 33 1 47 63 06 81

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