Is it easy to find a job in Ireland? What is the best place to work in Dublin?
As an exchange student living abroad, you can work part-time and help yourself with the monthly expenses for rent, food, and transport. It’s not easy to find the perfect job, especially when there is a language barrier, but with the right help and advises it can be done. To help you out, we made a list with some steps you can follow during your job exploration in Dublin:
Here are 12 steps you need to follow in order to find a good job in Dublin:
1. Start researching in job websites
Job websites are very popular in Dublin and you can find many opportunities there. Use filters to narrow down a position that suits you better. In my personal experience, the best ones to try out are indeed.com, jobs.ie, and jobbio.com.
After you prepare a good CV you can post it on your profile in those platforms and apply for positions you are interested in. Another nice thing about those is that you can put a job alert and be notified every time new opportunities come up.
2. Make sure you write a good CV
Your Curriculum Vitae will be the first impression that your targeted company will form of you. Make sure you are showing all your valuable qualities, skills and past experience in it. There is one very popular saying:
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
Here is what to include in your CV:
- Start with your basic details – your name, birthday, nationality, address, phone number and email.
- Next, list all your previous jobs and positions you were at.
- Add your professional experience chronologically starting with your most recent employment. Make sure to include the name of every company you worked for, the start and end days and a short resume of your duties and achievements in all your past jobs.
- Add a resume of your academic and professional experience. It is easier for an employer to form an impression of you while reading a free written text instead of just another document. This can really improve your chances for getting the job if it is done well.
- State the level of your education, list the school and the university you went to.
- Language is very important when looking for a job abroad and don’t forget to include all languages you can speak and their respected level:
beginner, intermediate or advanced.
- At the end of your CV add some extra information such as courses you have taken, certificates or special skills you think can benefit the company you are applying for.
3. Preparing for the interview is the most important step
This is pretty obvious but never go to an interview unprepared:
- Study the company and its mission
Research the management, when the company was formed and what they do. Study their mission and values and try to see how your personality fits within.
- Be ready in advance with answers for the interview based on the job description with your personal and professional experience
Have an example for each of the requirements that the job listing has in its description. Explain similar past situations you have handled successfully.
- Be careful for Situational Questions
Nobody likes these but if there are such questions during the interview, you will be asked to explain how you would react to certain situations.
Some examples are: “What would you do if you have a disagreement with one of your colleagues?”; “What would you do if you unexpectedly had an increased work load?”; “How would you prioritize tasks when you have lots of them?” etc…
Be ready to give past examples where you have successfully handled similar situations and learnt from them.
- Try to be yourself
Interviewers value this and they are expecting that you will be nervous. Try to stay calm and be yourself without pushing too hard. If you pretend that you are a different person they will probably notice that as they are experienced.
4. Looking for a job that requires more qualification
Or what I call an “office job” in a company. Your options are LinkedIn, LinkedIn and more LinkedIn. Personally, I don’t recommend any other platform for finding a qualified job since there you can find any company and also anyone that potentially could hire you. Another option would be to connect with an outsourcing agency. You could also look on the Internet – needles to say, there are many jobs listed online in Ireland. You can search on Jobs.ie for that as well.
5. Job without qualification – Don’t be afraid to ask at restaurants and shops
People are used to do everything online these days but going on location is the best shortcut you can take. Many companies don’t update their job ads often or fast enough and showing on their front door puts you ahead of the competition.
For example let’s examine a position as a shop assistant. In this case, there are not that many jobs advertised online with no experience required. Your best option is to walk around the city handing in your CV with your best smile. Yes, this is very tiring but it will help you with getting to know the city better and you will learn how to sell yourself (which is a great skill to master nevertheless).
Also, in the center of Dublin there are many restaurants, cafes, and shops where employers need new staff very often. After your classes you can walk around streets of the city center looking for job posters usually put in the front of the stores or establishments. Even if they are not recruiting anymore you should save their information and check again periodically.
6. Talk with your friends and classmates
When looking for a job in a new city, networking it’s always important. A good way to improve your search, is asking other international students who went trough the same processes as you. Maybe they are already working and know about some vacant positions at their companies or have some friend who knows about jobs opportunities and can indicate you.
7. Follow Erin School of English on Facebook
Time for advertising 😉
Actually, sometimes the school itself posts about good job opportunities on their Facebook page. Their staff is often contacted by partners and associates, urgently looking for employees. The positions get taken very quickly so make sure to set the page posts to show up in your feed.
The jobs are often short term and seasonal but usually well paid and some extra cash is never too much.
8. Get invited to attend an interview
Finally the moment is here and somebody has invited you for an interview. Hurray! Maybe it’s not your dream job but at the beginning I recommend going to every interview regardless, even if it is just to get some practice. This way you will know what the managers are looking for (which in the end is pretty similar everywhere: a hard-worker who knows how to perform under pressure, who has common sense, who learns fast and has a passion for what they do).
9. Develop your personal pitch
This is your story. Who you are, why you came to Dublin, what your achievements and aspirations are, your past job experience, anecdotes etc… Just as brands have an image or branding, we all have our own personal brand that we should develop and tell everyone that is interviewing us about it.
10. Per-sis-ten-cy: Don’t give up
You will find yourself getting many “No’s” before you get a “Yes”. The most important thing is to continue applying for a job and send CVs non-stop. Set yourself a goal of X amount of CVs to hand in to Y number of shops or X amount of job applications sent online per day.
Who says you don’t have a job? Your job at the moment is to look for a job. Trust me, it is not an easy one!
11. Negotiate the salary only if you are in a position to do so
If you are looking for a job that requires less qualification, maybe negotiation is not an option. However, if you have several years of experience in the industry you are applying for and your profile fits, go to Glassdoor and check what is the average salary for the position you are applying for. If you see they have offered less, negotiate!
12. Rejection is always an option
As I have said before, you will get several rejections before getting hired so don’t give up! When you look for a job nothing is a waste of time because you can learn from everything and everything happens for a reason. If they didn’t hire you this time, it is because it was not the right job for you.
Finally, after a lot of stress and effort you will get your reward… an actual job!
Now go to your local pub and enjoy that well deserved Guinness…
This article was written by Sofia J. Walls. She is from Spain and is living in Dublin for the past 5 years.
Read more about her challenges and experiences in her blog:
Co-author: Juliana Hansen