I’ve been keeping my eyes open for vacancies, in my rather-too-specialised field of International English language business e-marketing-communications and global brand management, for a good six months now, but as yet haven’t received a single job offer nor interview request.
Now this isn’t particularly unfamiliar territory for me, as I have never actually got a job through application in my life, normally moving from job to job on the basis of recommendation and reputation. What is worrying me however is that here in France I have no reputation to speak of nor anyone to recommend me professionally.
There are a number of additional problems which I am currently seeking ways to overcome:
- if anyone in the Region were looking for someone like me, the chances are they would not look here, in Strasbourg, right under their noses, as recruitment activities are likely to be outsourced to an agency with a foot in London or Paris at the very least
- I have copious amounts of industry experience, however in France this seems to count for nothing. Instead they appear to value what I studied at University, which frankly has very little to do with my career
- French employers also expect executives of my age to have solidified their experience with some post-graduate study, ideally with a Masters or Doctorate in my specialist field. This an unreasonable expectation of a UK worker.
So what to do? I have the feeling that I am being overlooked, before being looked at, if you see what I mean. I’m starting to feel like the invisible man.
… and I’m kicking myself for turning down that contract at the Council of Europe!