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December 16, 2019

5 Tips for Getting a Job in Ireland

So you have your ticket bought, your accommodation booked, but here comes a very common question for those moving to Ireland – whether permanently or temporarily: how to get a job?

When we move from our country, besides the concerns about culture that is naturally different – even temporarily, as in an interchange – as well as bringing us an income to support our costs, getting a job is an opportunity to integrate even more to the culture and learn more about the lifestyle of the city where you will live. Interchange in Ireland has stood out precisely because it is easy for students to find paid work.


To make life easier for those who are going to live in Ireland or who are already in Ireland, here are five tips for getting a job there. Before getting into the tips, it´s important to explain that you should begin this preparation even before you get there, to begin to understand the market, the requirements, and thus to minimize the time between your arrival and your job placement there.

1 – Understand where you fit

First, we need to remember that there are three factors that make a total difference when looking for a job in another country: visa, language and area of ​​expertise.

Your visa type has a relevant weight in relation to the type of job you are able to find in another country. Since in Ireland a student visa gives you the opportunity to work for 20 hours a week, you need to look for something that fits this rule, so you don’t have problems with immigration. While with the work visa, it is possible to work more hours per week, which of course also opens a wider range of opportunities.

Another issue is your language proficiency. When you have fluent English you can find jobs with better salary and positions, whereas if you are still going to learn the language, you will have to think of simpler jobs.

This whole issue also involves the area of ​​expertise, which can often run into the need for certificate validation, language proficiency and the possibility of an amount of working hours per week that does not match what your visa allows.

So, it is important that you understand where you fit in with all of this: what kind of visa you have and what kind of job you can find there that suits your level of English fluency. That way you can be more effective about the jobs you apply for.

2 – To talk to people who are already there

At this point, it is interesting to talk to people who already live there to create references and share experiences. This is also a very important way to create network with people who have been through what you are also going through. In addition to that, this people can give you tips about places they need workers, and they can even point you to a job – networking is still the biggest employer in any country.

To understand the difficulties these people have gone through, is an important tool to shorten the road between you and a job opportunity. It can also help you to understand better how is the market in the area where you are going to live.

3 – Your curriculum in European model

It is important to remember that there is a cultural difference and that this is also reflected in your resume and how you present yourself for an interview. You need to adjust your CV to the European standard so that it converts with what is expected of a job seeker there.

There are several websites that provide the resume template for you to fill out, such as the Eures portal, which we’ll talk about later.

4 – Visit the job websites

Living in Ireland is no different from living elsewhere in the world and requires an active search for the job opportunity you expect. There are specific job sites for those who are going to live in Ireland that you can start looking at before you even get there to help you understand where you fit in.

LinkedIn is a great portal for you to view and apply for jobs that you can use for free. It´s also an easy way to connect with people who are in the same process as you or even recruiters.

Another important resource is Eures, which is a European mobility portal, which you can consult in several languages, where in addition to knowing information about the European labor market, you can also search available vacancies, filtering by region. Within this portal you can fill out your resume already in the European standard.

But speaking more specifically for those who live in Ireland, there are some sites you can use to apply for vacancies:

  • But speaking more specifically for those who live in Ireland, there are some sites you can use to apply for vacancies:
  • • Irish Jobs – Ireland’s largest job site and as such, is an important tool for you to look for opportunities in the area you are looking for.

5 – Door to door

Searching for opportunities in person is something that also works, especially if you are looking for jobs in restaurants, hotels and shops. It’s an interesting way to keep moving, meet people, and build a different networking that can also help you get a job.

Finally, the government also has a website with information for Irish citizens, where there is information that can help everyone who wants to start a business or look for a job there.

Of all the above tips, networking is the best way to get a job, anywhere in the world. More than helping you get a job, it helps you integrate and understand how things work in Ireland or any other country.

Working in Ireland is not a complicated mission, but of course the more qualified you are, the less complicated it is to get a job. Some areas are in high demand for professionals – such as IT and engineering – so it is often simpler to get a job that can even yield a permanent visa in the future. The most important thing is to believe in your abilities, understand where you fit in and pursue your goals, which persistence everything will work out fine.

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