Finding a job
Know where to search for that perfect job
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.
Resources when looking for work
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.
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 and Tús. 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.
Where to look for jobs
When looking for work keep an eye on job vacancies in local and national papers. Use word of mouth and tell everyone you know that you’re looking for work; they might just have a useful contact that will get you started.
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.
- Check out the Job fairy hashtag on twitter https://twitter.com/irishjobfairy.
- 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.
Work experience is one of the best ways to find out what sort of work you enjoy and give you new experience to put on your C.V. Some work placements are paid, some aren’t. It depends on the job.
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.
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.
Visit our Employment section
- Worried about the interview? Check out the interview factsheets- they cover everything from what to say to how to dress!
- Looking for something different? Why not volunteer or work abroad?
- Find out about what age you can work at, your hours and pay.