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Finding a job in Ireland while outside of the country is very manageable. European Union citizens can go ahead and apply for anything they like, while non-EEA nationals have a few more restrictions, but should still be able to find something to suit them.

EEA-EU citizens

Nationals from the European Economic Area and Switzerland are easily able to move to, and then work in, Ireland. There are no restrictions on what type of job they can hold, what salary they must earn, or the length of their stay. If you’re from the EU and are thinking you might like to relocate to Ireland, you can begin searching and applying for jobs from your home country and then move as soon as you have an agreed start date.

Non-EEA - EU citizens

If you are from a country that isn’t part of the European Union, then you will need to get permission to work in Ireland. Only certain types of jobs are eligible to foreign workers, and in some cases you must earn a minimum salary rate. Once you find a job that meets the criteria, you can apply. After an offer is given, you can then begin the work permit application.

Resumé/CV format

You will want to start with an up to date, correctly formatted resumé, or CV. Make sure the document includes the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Employment history including company, title, dates worked there, and a brief description of your relevant experience from that job
  • Qualifications
  • Any hobbies or personal interests of note

Some people also include a mission statement or personal headline at the top, and you can include a photograph if you like but this is not done very often anymore. Make sure your CV is tailored so that it shows you are qualified for the job on offer.

Job search

Intra-company transfers are one way to obtain an Irish job from abroad. Ireland is now home to many multinational companies, so if you already work for a large company in your home country, you may see if they have an Irish office in need of staff. Alternatively, you can identify companies for which you’d like to work and send them your CV, a cover letter or letter of introduction, and explain that you would like to relocate to Ireland and are looking for work.

Recruiters may or may not work with people currently residing abroad, but there is no harm in reaching out with your CV and asking if they are able to help. If you see a job on a recruitment website that piques your interest, apply and follow up directly to the recruiter to explain your situation further. You can do the same on all job search websites, following up with the job poster directly.

Just because you aren’t in Ireland doesn’t mean you can’t find a job through networking or word of mouth. Whenever possible, let people know your hopes and intentions and you never know who might have an opportunity for you!

Work culture

Work-life balance and low stress are promoted in the Irish workplace. Office workers do their best not to work into the evenings and weekends. The workplace tends to be a friendly place, where colleagues make tea for one another, and perhaps go out together for the odd pint at the pub after hours. Business relationships are encouraged, as people like to get personal recommendations before taking up a business meeting. Make sure you greet new people with a good hand shake.

 Useful links:

Linked In
Irish Jobs
Hays Recruitment
Sigmar Recruitment

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