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Finding work in Ireland

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Boasting low unemployment and a great economy, Ireland is a nice place to be if you’re looking for work. There are so many ways to go about finding a job from within Ireland that your search should hopefully turn up plenty of options that fit your circumstances. Make sure your CV is updated and formatted correctly, and then get ready to experience the Irish work culture for yourself.

Resumé/CV format

Before you begin your job hunt, make sure your resumé, or CV (short for curriculum vitae) as it’s known in Ireland, is up to date and in a format familiar to the Irish. All CVs should include your personal contact information at the top, and possibly a personal statement if applicable. You may want to highlight your right to work information, but you don’t necessarily have to state your nationality – though it may be obvious from your experience.

Next, list your work experience. In some cases you might want to do this by relevance to the potential role, and in others you may feel it’s best listed chronologically with the most recent employer first. The company details and dates are important, but don’t forget to highlight what you did in those past jobs that will apply to the prospective job. You should make your qualifications known, and also grades if they are applicable, and a note about your hobbies or personal interests sometimes helps to show you are a well-rounded person. It is not common to include a photograph of yourself in the current market.

Remember, a CV is meant to show a company that you have the skills they are looking for and that you are the best candidate for the job, so you may structure your document differently depending on your application. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to length, but as a general rule brief is best. You may want to have both a short and long version ready to go. Some different examples can be found on the Irish Jobs website.

Job search

Once your CV is ready, one of the first steps you might want to take is to get in touch with some recruitment agencies. You can send an email with your CV introducing yourself, and if they think you might be a good fit for some of their clients they should call you in for a meeting to discuss options. They receive a finders fee from employers, so they are keen to find people to fill their roles. If for some reason they don’t think they can help, they may still be able to provide advice on your CV and your search. Two popular agencies in Ireland are Hays and Sigmar. If a recruiter submits you for a job, he or she will be the conduit, and all interview appointments, feedback, and job offers will come through him or her. Recruitment agency websites also tend to have extensive job search options, so you can get in touch with them about specific roles of interest to you, as well.

Along with recruitment websites, there are also plenty of websites dedicated to job listings in Ireland. Irish Jobs, Career Jet, and Indeed are just a few. LinkedIn is also a great resource and more and more companies are using it. You would do well to ensure you have an updated LinkedIn profile noting that you are looking for work.

Career Fairs and other networking events are common, so book to go to a few and bring along copies of your CV, and some business cards, if applicable. Talking to people in person is often better than them judging you from a piece of paper. It can also form relationships that help you get your foot in the door by knowing the right people. Of course local newspapers, notice boards, and general word of mouth are also ways to find work if you keep an eye out around your new town.

Work culture

The Irish work culture promotes a good work-life balance and low stress as much as possible. Most corporate people do not work too late or over the weekends. The people are very friendly and laid back, enjoying workplace chats and cups of tea, or outings to the pub for a drink after work hours. The Irish like doing business with people who have been recommended, therefore word of mouth and networking are very important to landing business meetings and deals. Shaking hands is still the main form of greeting when meeting a colleague.

  Useful links:

Irish Jobs
Indeed
Career Jet
Linked In
Hays Recruitment
Sigmar Recruitment

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8 years ago

Good advice, although this article fails to mention that Irish work permits are impossible to get due to new Irish legislation on foreign workers. The only way to procure a work permit is to be screened, interviewed and hired by a local or multinational company and have them do the footwork to help you get the work permit. Unfortunately, companies mostly refuse to hire non-EU workers! Do your homework beforehand, but don't just show up in Ireland and expect to find work. :)

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Dublin is Ireland’s most international city, and boasts a huge economy for foreign workers. There are a number of international companies based there.
The city of Cork has a developed economy which is based on several sectors, namely the pharmaceutical and tech industry.
If you wish to set up a business in Ireland as a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need to apply for the correct visa type and seek the appropriate permissions.
With a booming economy, the Irish labour market is quite dynamic, offering opportunities across many industries to those that would like to work in Ireland

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