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 "eople 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!