How to find a job in Dublin

Is it easy to find a job in Ireland? What is the best place to find a job in Dublin? There are many ways to discover the right job but the diversity is large and you should be able to find one easily. However, you need to go out there and start searching.

Here are 10 steps you need to follow in order to find a job in Dublin:

1. Make an analysis of you current CV

Think about what work experience you have, your education and what type of business you might find in the city.

2. Consider the right timing

Do you need to start working urgently or could you wait a few months to find something that better suits your career? Do you want to work on a part time (student) jobs or full time? Depending on this, I advise you to either focus your energy in looking for a job in a restaurant, shop or hotel (there are always lots of these) or look online for an “office” job.

3. Looking for a job that requires less qualification

As a shop assistant for example. In this case, there are not 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 get to know the city if you don’t know it that well and also to learn how to sell yourself (which is great for whenever you have a proper interview).

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 tool to find a qualified job since here you can find anything 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 online in Ireland. You can search on websites such as

5. 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 shops or X amount of job applications made 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!

6. 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 brand that we should develop and tell everyone who is interviewing us.

7. 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 just to get some practice. This way you will know what bosses are looking for (which in the end is pretty similar everywhere: a hard-worker, who knows how to work under pressure, who has common sense, who learns fast and has a passion for what they do).

A lady searching for a job in Dublin online on a laptop
10 ways to find a job in Dublin

8. Interview preparation is the most important thing

I think this is pretty obvious but never go to an interview without preparing for it. The magic formula is as follows:

  • Study the company and its mission: Research the CEO, when was it funded and what they do. Study their mission and values and try to see how your personality fits within their values. Prepare an example that demonstrates this.
  • Combine the requirements that are asked for in the job description with your personal and professional experience. Develop an example for each of the requirements that talks about a previous situation you had to handle.
  • Be careful with the Situation Question: In this, they will ask you to imagine a difficult job situation and then to describe what you would do in that situation. 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…
  • Make sure you answer these questions in a natural way. It is nice to show how you’ve solved these types of situations in the past but the most important thing for the interviewers is to see what you’ve learnt from them.
  • Be yourself: Don’t try to be anyone else because they will notice. Managers value this a lot and, even if after being yourself your profile doesn’t fit the company, this is a good sign. Nobody wants to find a job in a place where they would be unhappy.

9. Learn how to accept rejection

As I’ve said before, you will get several rejections 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.

10. Negotiate salary only if you are in the right place to do it

If you are looking for a job that requires less qualifications, 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!

Finally, after loads of stress and efforts you have your reward… a 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.

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