Frenchman lands job thanks to billboard CV

Ben McPartland
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Frenchman lands job thanks to billboard CV
Top tips for writing a French CV - put it on a billboard. Photo: Screengrab AzurTV

Finding a job in France these days can be tricky so it pays to make your CV stand out from the crowd. And that’s exactly what unemployed Frenchman Laurent Lebret did to great success.


Making your CV or resume standout can be tricky in France these days with so many people looking for work.

Job hunters are often forced try to do something different, whether it’s a touch of colour or even make it in the form of a video, but one unemployed Frenchman wanted to do better than that.

Laurent Lebret, 41, who has been out of work for six months plastered his on a huge billboard at the entrance to the French Riviera town of Antibes, near where he lives.

Lebret's CV was placed on a four metre by three metre billboard in December. It featured an image of him, sporting a huge grin, smartly dressed in a suit, wearing a Christmas hat.

Next to his picture were the words: “For Christmas, I just want a job”.

Lebret also used the advert to tell potential employers he was trilingual and was looking for work as an operations manager in the areas of tourism and leisure or in the hotel and restaurant industry.

After being inundated with calls and messages, Lebret's Christmas wish came true when he was offered a position as an operations manager for the holiday resort firm, Azureva in the nearby town of Bourg-en-Bresse.

Just in case you are not able or willing to put your CV on a billboard in PAris, Lyon or Marseille, The Local has come up with 10 tips for writing a French resume that should at least give you a helping hand.

Ten tips for writing the perfect French CV



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