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Hostel Job Opening in Paris
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Ok, I hope this will stir up a bit of attention…

There is a job opening in the hostel I work at for this summer. It is some sort of last minute notice because a staff member had to leave at a last minute notice and we need a replacement fast. Plus, we are looking for other staff members.

The job is in PARIS, in the 17th arr. and it is for a local hostel guesting mainly Americans, Australians, British and other English speaking people (of course we accept anybody, but these are the nationalities we get the most).

Therefore fluency in English is mandatory. A basic French would be preferrable as well, maximum would be if you could have a (even very) basic level of Spanish or German as well.

WE DO NOT REALLY REQUIRE A WORKING VISA, therefore do not worry about that.

Unlikely many other hostel jobs, you will actually get paid (it is not a "work for your rent" sort of deal). However, since we provide for your rent (in the hostel itself), do not expect to get paid thousands of euros (yes, rent in Paris is VERY expensive).

We require you are available to work for at least 45 days (one month and a half). This is very important to us: we need a serious commitment on your side since we need some continuity in staff and therefore if you are not able to commit for this long, please do not contact us.

The main position we need to be filled is for a booking administrator: good computer skills required together with some Excell and good email and telephone manners. You must be dynamic and proactive since you will also be doing some internet advertising from time to time. Ideal candidate is above 22 or so, detail oriented and very trustworthy.

BUT we also need someone to work on customer service (same language skills required, definitely a &quoteople person" and you must be EXTREMELY RELIABLE) and on cleaning (no language skills required. Do not immediately pass on this last position. It is the most flexible one of the three and will definitely let you enjoy PAris the most).

For the first two positions recomendation letters are highly welcomed. We do not necessarily need you to have ospitality experience: if you fit the requirements and your last job was as babysitter, we are ok with it.

For all positions, we need very patient people, able to be extremely flexible. Working in a hostel can be extremely frustrating at times and you must keep in mind that to receive a sporadic call at 11 pm (or a lot later) to attend a problem is not out of the ordinary (true for any of the open positions). Nor is to put up with really abnoxious customers from time to time. I m not saying you will get a nervous breakdown, but you will definitely get frustrated every once in a while.
However, it is also a great experience. You get to meat loads of people, work in one of the most exciting cities in the world and a blast is almost guaranteed.

The job would start sometime in late June.
None of the jobs starts before 11am every day (we are lazy, so expect to sleep in!). You work about 7 hours a day with one free day a week guaranteed. However, you may be working those 7 hours not in one go but in several smaller tranches as the job requires.

Accomodation is usually provided in the hostel (Therefore shared dorm is your setting), even if it is a (maybe remote) possibility for the booking administrator to share the hostel room with just one other person (also a hostel worker). If there are two of you (couple or two friends) interested in working in Paris for the summer, I guess that private accomodation in the hostel would be more concretely available, but not guaranteed.

I avoid talking about money issues here for obvious reasons, but the money you will get are definitely enough to get by in Paris daily, cooking your food in the kitchen but also with the occasional restaurant splurge.

Ok, if you are interested in any of the above mentioned positions, please contact me. I will wait to get some replies here first before posting my email address, so that we can clear some of the preliminary questions.

When applying please send your resume and possible inquiries at the email address I will post shortly (I am away 3 days but will post right after, promised). Let us also know if letters of reccomendation are available on your side.

Looking forward working with you!

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Hello,

I’m writing on behalf of my friend, Alex, who is interested in any of those positions.

He’s 26, an american guy living in barcelona. He speaks fluent english, and his spanish is good.

He can commit to as long as you need him, and start whenever.

I’ve known him for five years, and vouch for him, he’s a great guy. Very good with customers, and stressful situations at the work place.

And he has a reference, a guy who he has been teaching English to, here in barcelona.

His name is Alex, this is his email: alejandrofuentes@gmail.com

But I’ll also check back here for your response.

Thanks!

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To which adress should I send the application?

Except for the fact that I don’t like Paris (but I guess it’s different when you live there), this sounds perfect. I have a job until mid-june, but after that I’m available for however long you need me. I’m fluent in English and Dutch, fairly fluent in German as long as you don’t mind grammar, and have a basic knowledge of Polish and Russian.

I’ve taken French in school for 8 years so I can speak it, but not nearly as fluently as I would like (or as a lot of jobs in Belgium require). Speaking it on a day to day basis is the only way I’m ever gonna learn. And I would like to get a job in a hotel or hostel, but I have no experience. Taking this job would greatly improve my chances of getting a good job at home, so I don’t even care if the payment sucks as long as I earn enough to live on.

I’m patient, accurate, can deal with stress and have good computer skills so I could definitely do this job. And I’m a EU citizen so there certainly won’t be any visa problems.

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What exactly is a recomendation letter btw?

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To TheVoiceInMyHead:
My name is Steven and I’m definately interested in that position; unfortunately i will be traveling through Europe until the begining of July. I was planning on looking for a job through my travels, and thie is PERFECT! If the timing can be worked out.
I’m orinally from Deutchland, so i’m fleunt in German, minus a little bad grammar. Fluent in English, small French and Spanish.
Good with computers. Fluent in Excel, Word, learning Outlook and Powerpoint.
Again, VERY INTERESTED!
Please E-mail me.
I leave for Europe in ten days
samos37@hotmail.com
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Sorry for the (announced) delay in reply (I have indeed been away three days).

Please send me your resume (plus possible questions and all that) at the following address.
treehuggertrash @ yahoo.it

I will on a computer from now and will definitely be able to get back to you in a more timely manner.

To the three of you who got back to me already, I am definitely interested in getting your resumes as soon as possible! You all seem to fit our profile!

So, please send more details in! I will be waiting for your replies!

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I will send you my resume this evening or tomorrow.

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Thanks a lot Seraphim!

I m really looking forward reading it!

Leep it coming all of you!

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Sounds like a job I’d love to do, but I find it hard to make it to Paris in a week. If you have any more job openings later, would you post them here???

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Hey… My name is Pedro, from Mexico city and i really want to make a europe trip, i never thought in this idea of work with no visa work in europe. I think is good you do this. But unfortenly those jobs you are looking for are not for me. I’m just going to finish my carreer in Gastronomy here in Mexico city, so i want a job about cookin… Please if somebody knows everything about a job in europe no matter wich place please make me know it. I also speak french, so is easy for me work in a restaurant, hotel or hostel in France or any place where you use this 2 languajes… My e-mail es edrin191011@msn.com”>pedrin191011@msn.com please make me know it cause im searchin information to have my trip to europe. I want to go to many places Spain, France, Italy, Amsterdam, Czeck Republic, Germany dunno, many places… and im thinkin on going like in a very cheap way… LOL dunno like… eat of course, but no matter where i spend the night i just wanted cheap but safe… LOL mmmm… i think im not going to buy any suvenir… i just want to travel and travel, also see this thing about work in a different country and see closely how people leave i love to talk with people. Also i have kitchen skills i just have to learn the technical words in english or in french… but i think its not a big problem. Well hope you people could help me… THANKS Smile

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mexicoPedroskilly wrote:
Hey… My name is Pedro, from Mexico city and i really want to make a europe trip, i never thought in this idea of work with no visa work in europe. I think is good you do this. But unfortenly those jobs you are looking for are not for me. I’m just going to finish my carreer in Gastronomy here in Mexico city, so i want a job about cookin… Please if somebody knows everything about a job in europe no matter wich place please make me know it. I also speak french, so is easy for me work in a restaurant, hotel or hostel in France or any place where you use this 2 languajes… My e-mail es edrin191011@msn.com”>pedrin191011@msn.com please make me know it cause im searchin information to have my trip to europe. I want to go to many places Spain, France, Italy, Amsterdam, Czeck Republic, Germany dunno, many places… and im thinkin on going like in a very cheap way… LOL dunno like… eat of course, but no matter where i spend the night i just wanted cheap but safe… LOL mmmm… i think im not going to buy any suvenir… i just want to travel and travel, also see this thing about work in a different country and see closely how people leave i love to talk with people. Also i have kitchen skills i just have to learn the technical words in english or in french… but i think its not a big problem. Well hope you people could help me… THANKS Smile

You should create your own post. More people will see it. Also email hostels you’re interested in.

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