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Finding a job

Know where to search for that perfect job

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Looking for a job can be confusing, frustrating and time-consuming. You have to be prepared to get turned down for a few jobs, or to never hear anything back from some of the application forms you send away. There are so many different websites, newspapers, employment agencies, notice boards and job centres dedicated to job searching that it can be tough to know where to start.

So we've put together some useful info to make that search a bit easier:

  • Call into your local Intreo or SOLAS employment services office. These offices are run by the Department of Social Protection and their function is to provide information and advice to jobseekers. They also have lists of job vacancies. Plus, they run job clubs, which provide training and support to jobseekers.
  • Keep an eye on job vacancies in local and national papers.
  • Visit a recruitment agency, give them your CV and tell them what sort of work you’re interested in. Recruitment agencies are paid by the companies looking for employees so they won’t charge you anything.
  • Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for work; they might just have a useful contact that will get you started.
  • Call into companies and organisations that you’re interested in working for. Ask for an appointment with the recruitment manager, bring your CV and tell them that you’re looking for employment.
  • If you are long term unemployed (unemployed for a year or more), then you will generally be eligible for a variety of back to work schemes. These include the Community Employment Scheme, Gateway, Tús and the JobBridge Internship Scheme. These schemes allow you to work or to gain work experience while still getting your social welfare payment. The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance allows you to set up your own business while remaining on social welfare.
  • Consider taking some evening classes or courses to improve your skill set. This is likely to increase your chances of getting a job.
  • Consider cold-calling or going around companies with your CV in hand. It is quite a bold move and does require confidence, but some employers do respond to it.


  • Check out the Job fairy hashtag on twitter
  • Do a google search every weekday for jobs. Search by both job title and area. So, instead of just “teacher jobs”, also type in “teacher jobs Cork”.
  • Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and include your CV on it. Make sure to use keywords that are most commonly used in job advertisements in your industry. You can also pay a fee to have a ‘job seeker badge’ on your profile. A job seeker badge shows recruiters that you are currently looking for work. Check out these tips to ensure your LinkedIn profile is desirable to recruiters and employers.
  • Use the LinkedIn job search tool to look for jobs in your field. Some jobs nowadays are only advertised on LinkedIn.
  • Keep an eye on company websites. Some companies only advertise jobs on their website and not on other websites or with agencies.
  • Consider sending an email or letter to a company about a new project they are working on. Then, state specifically how you could help with this project.
  • Lots of organisations have jobs on their websites. Look them up and check.
  • Keep an eye on your internet behaviour. Employers often do google searches for candidates, so they may be put off if they find tons of pictures of you out of your head drunk.

What summer jobs are available?

  • Babysitter - If you are responsible and like children, then babysitting is a great summer job.
  • Shop assistant - It might be the local supermarket or your fave music store. Shops are often looking for part-time staff. Ask in-store about job possibilities.
  • Waiting and kitchen staff - Restaurants and cafes usually take on extra summer staff. It can be hard work, but there are usually tips to make you smile at the end of the day!
  • Hotels - There are loads of job possibilities in hotels, especially when they’re extra busy in summer. Working in the kitchen or restaurant, cleaning, gardening or acting as a pool attendant or receptionist are all good options.
  • Office work - Temporary office work can mean you find yourself doing anything from creating databases to making coffee. Make sure to ask about your responsibilities in the interview!
  • Lifeguarding/pool attendant - If you have a lifeguard qualification, look for work with your local pool, hotel pools and the nearest beaches.
  • Be your own boss! - Take the initiative and work for yourself this summer. You could offer to work in your neighbours’ gardens, run errands for people, clean or do light work in homes or use your creativity to make jewellery or summer clothing. You could even sell your artwork!

Work experience

  • Work experience is one of the best ways to find out what sort of work you enjoy. However, make sure to find work experience in the type of job you are interested in.
  • Apply to lots of different companies and organisations when looking for work experience. Tell them what type of job you’re interested in and when you’re available for work experience.
  • Some work placements are paid, some aren’t. It depends on the job.
  • Before you start work experience, check the hours you’re supposed to work, what you should wear and who your contact person is at the company or organisation.
  • When you start, ask about exactly what jobs they expect you to do.

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Published March 7th, 2013
Last updated March 30th, 2017
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