*This page is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote in January of 2009 (and which mysteriously disappeared from my blog when I switched servers and domain names).
A little background info: I did this process twice, once late in the season during my assistant year when I decided almost at the last minute to try to stay a second year. I managed to get a last-minute lectrice position at an engineering school when the original person backed out. I did it again from Texas, early in the spring, when I was doing my masters degree, and that time ended up being a maître de langue.
So here’s my process for looking for lecteur-ships in case anyone out there is wondering. Most universities start looking between February and April, but I sent mine out in January just to be safe.
- Write French CV, take dorky photo
- Write French lettre de motivation
- Write basic e-mail to front these two things
- Go to university websites in cities I might like to live/work. Find Presentation link, then Composants, and look for UFR de Langues or whatnot. (The composants link doesn’t always exist. Sometimes the UFRs are hidden somewhere else.) Look for link to département d’anglais/études anglaises/nord-américaines/etc. Look for any sort of relevant contact. Very rarely is there a link for the person who’s actually in charge of lecteurs, but I’ve found people are really nice about forwarding.
- Tweak letters for each university (especially changing the address and name! I always double check this several times because I’m afraid Ill send one to the wrong place.) and send off e-mails. Then
- Receive very friendly responses telling me everything is pourvus for des échanges until otherwise, but they will definitely let me know if otherwise happens. The responses vary in their enthusiasm or friendliness, but I’ve really been impressed that people respond 90% of the time.