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Great advice and resources from Dun Laoghaire Youth Information Centre on getting the job you want.

Tips on how to find a job:

If you are coming to Ireland and do not have a job before you come, this section deals with what to do when you are looking for a job. Despite the difficult economic situation in Ireland at the moment, there are still job opportunities but the key is to be prepared and present yourself well to give yourself the best chance:


Find a job

The six essentials to finding a job:

1. Knowing where to look – see section on Where to Look

2. A Good CV – It is your first chance to showcase yourself. Your CV should be in English and be no more than two pages in length. Make sure all details are up to date, honest and relevant to the job you’re applying for.

3. Cover letter – It is always important to introduce your CV and yourself in a cover letter. Ensure that the cover letter is specific for each position you apply for, keep it personable, positive and professional –sell yourself with pride

4. The Interview – You’ve got this far, it is important that you don’t stumble at this stage. Interviews are all about preparation, preparation and more preparation. Don’t assume you’ll answer questions asked without preparation and practice – ask someone to do a mock interview

5. Networking is key – It can be very difficult to find a job filling in forms online and emailing lots of CVs. Finding a job in Ireland often functions on word of mouth and making connections with people. Go out and meet people, call into places and give CV’s out by hand

6. Perseverance – ‘Finding a job is hard work’, treat finding employment as a job in itself - commitment, dedication and persistence will help you find your ideal job.


Where to look for a Job

Local Employment Services (LES): The Department of Social Protection has a network of local employment services offices. They provide information and advice for job-seekers as well as a list of job vacancies.

Online: Most employment websites allow you to add your CV where it can be accessed by employers. If you do an online search you will find a range of job websites.

Newspapers: Classified jobs sections newspapers  - list of national, provincial newspapers

Private Recruitment agencies: There are specialist recruitment agencies if you are looking for a particular type of job. If you do an online search you will find a range of these websites.

Notices: Jobs are often advertised in shop and restaurant windows, supermarkets  and other community noticeboards

Companies: Check out Companies related to the particular area of work that you are qualified or interested in.

Networking - Finding a job in Ireland often operates on word of mouth and making connections with people. Go out and meet people. Word of mouth is an excellent way of finding out about job opportunites – ask your friends and see if they know of any vacancies where they work.


Useful Materials

Your CV: In Ireland, most employers will ask you to send them a Curriculum Vitae (CV). Your CV should be in English and be no more than two pages in length. Make sure all details are up to date, honest and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Add a cover Letter: Personalise a cover letter for each position you apply for -Remember to be interesting, use plain English (no big words!) and sell yourself hard.

Europass is an initiative which aims to help make skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe - whether you are enrolling in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad. Europass will make it easier for employers to understand the qualifications and competences of job-seekers from other EU Member States.

There are five Europass documents, each of which is obtained in a different manner. Some of the documents are completed independently while others are completed by a competent authority on an individual's behalf. Please choose the link to each of the documents to see how you may obtain it:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Language Passport


Certificate Supplement

Diploma Supplement


Career guidance and counseling services,

The best way to manage your own career plans in Ireland, is to be aware of the wide range of career information services that are available: - National career guidance resource which includes a Career Exploration toolbox, an Occupational Database, a CAO database and wizard along with facilities to search by employment sector, occupations and courses. - The national learners database providing comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses. Includes links to college and other education / training websites along with detailed information on an extensive selection of careers and a Calendar of Career Events. - Read about specific careers, look at photos of people at work or print out the information to keep. Alernatively you can explore the database based on the type of work you are interested in – e.g. social, scientific & technical etc. etc - Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. Find out more about Apprenticeship training on the FAS website 


Skills Ireland-This website aims to provide you with access to information about education in Ireland and the skills needed in the Irish economy. [EN] - Pursue a career in research in Ireland


Professional Bodies: If you are qualified in a specific profession, contact the National Organisation here in Ireland for advice and opportunitites.


Qualification Recognition: To have your foreign qualification recognised here in Ireland, contact Qualification Recognition Service:


Article by: Dun Laoghaire Youth Information Centre

Published: Thu, 23/05/2013 - 14:32

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