At Erin School of English we try to assist our students coping with the challenges when coming to learn and live in Ireland.

Tips on building your 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 had.
  • 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 summary of your duties and achievements in all your past jobs.
  • Add a summary 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 of 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 respective 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 to.

You can download and use the templates below:

Here are a couple of online platforms where you can build your CV:

Looking for a job

Before you apply for a job you have to find an available position to do so. Here are the contact details of recruitment agencies that you can check for good offers:

[email protected]
Jobs.ie[email protected]
Jobbio[email protected]
Firststaff[email protected]
CPL[email protected]
SimplyHired[email protected]
Flexsource[email protected]
CLS Recruitment[email protected]
Excel Recruitment[email protected]
Link Personnel[email protected]
Part-time.ie[email protected]
Monster[email protected]
Talentforce[email protected]

Preparing for an interview

You should always go to an interview well prepared in advance

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

Read more good tips on how to find and apply for a job in Ireland>>

Help with Public Services

You can seek the advice on any public services in Ireland on the websites below: