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Find a job in Ireland

How to find a job in Ireland if you have already settled there? Find out, in this article, how to proceed. 

If you're fully prepared, everything can go very fast regarding your job search in Ireland: send prospective applications, use the Internet, register with temporary staffing agencies, use your “network”, read classified ads in the press etc. There are many options available to you! Write your CV according to Irish standards: put forward your professional experience, find equivalents to your degrees or diplomas etc. Write your cover letter along local standards, be clear and concise, put forward your ambition and your motivation in line with the job your are applying to.

Anti-discrimination laws also allow you to put your photo on your CV if you want to. An Irish CV contains about 3 or 4 pages although there are no real standard rules on this issue. Increasingly however, cover letters tend to slowly disappear in Ireland; people usually send an email to the recruiter with a simple description of their CV. It's up to you to decide whether you want to send a cover letter or not! 

You can also visit career fairs that are frequently organized in the country. Career fairs are the best ways to directly meet recruiters from various economic sectors. Bring your CVs with you and meet the companies you are interested in!

Finally, don't hesitate to visit your local FAS center. Apart from providing job listings, they will support you in your job hunt and help you with the administrative procedures (if you are eligible and according to your status in Ireland).

  Good to know:

If you wish to register with an employment agency in Ireland, you have first to register with the Department of Justice. This is a mere formality. The permanent residence permit is not required.

Department of Justice.
72 St Stephen's Green. -  Dublin 1.  Ireland

  Useful links:

Irish National Training and Employment Agency www.fas.ie
Expat Blog - Job offers 
Approach People www.approachpeople.com
Irish Jobs www.irishjobs.ie
Monster www.monster.ie
Recruit Ireland www.recruitireland.com

Last update on 01 October 2014 09:03:16


  • Guest 23 July 2009 15:02:34

    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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