Topic 3 How to write CV and cover letters, tips on job applications, validation process of previous degrees

In order to write a French-style CV, there are several tips to take into account.
For example, while including personal details (such as age, nationality or marital status) could be seen as inappropriate in some countries, it is common to include it in the beginning of your CV in France. Also, including a photo of yourself is encouraged.

A typical French CV starts with the professional experience presented in reverse order, followed by the candidate’s educational achievements. You can list it first if education is your strong point. You should specify your language skills too, noting your level of proficiency and your mother tongue, as well as any other kind of skill such as digital skills, driving license, etc. Lastly, it is not uncommon to list hobbies that might be of any interest to the position. 

Politeness is key. Beware of courtesy codes of conduct, such as using vous instead of tu, always shaking hands and addressing the person in charge as Madame or Monsieur.
You can find some specific CV vocabulary that will help you translate or create a French-style CV or cover letter in this article: https://anglais-pratique.fr/index.php/rubriques/emploi-organisation/219-cv-french 

Some pages that can help you easily create your CV online are Canva or Europass

As for cover letters, it is better to keep them short and straight to the point. Normally, 15-20 lines would be enough. You should explain why you write, followed by your request.

 Try to highlight previous related experience and why you are the most suitable candidate for the job. Also, think of what makes you different from other candidates and highlight it, such as being bilingual or experienced in other cultural and work environments. Like in the CV, pay attention to spelling and polite set expressions. You can get free help with writing cover letters from Pôle Emploi, the French employment agency.

Also, it is relevant to note the importance of validating your degree in France, which means that it will be assessed by the competent authorities in order for it to be recognized in the country. Then, the Ministère will issue a certificate of comparability and a certificate of recognition. Since there is no automatic equivalence between a French and a foreign degree, it is needed to go through the process to do the equivalence.

You can find more information and instructions here:

https://www.campusfrance.org/en/French-degrees-LMD-equivalences#:~:text=The%20ENIC%2DNARIC%20centre%20may,costs%2070%20Euros%20per%20request for both degree validation and professional experience certification.