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. 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. Here are some services and tips on where to find a job.
Where to look for jobs
Word of mouth
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. Making connections with people in the field you want work in or people who are friends with people in your career field can be very helpful.
If you are interested in working for a specific store or company, it could be beneficial to hand in your CV in person to the hiring manager, especially in the service industry (large corporations are likely to use online employment portals). Read our article on handing in your CV in person for more information.
Visit or get in contact with 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 Jobs.ie‘s list of recruitment agencies.
There are many websites that post job listings and make it easier for you to apply for positions. Here are some of the top recruitment sites in Ireland:
School career centres
If you are attending a college or an university, they likely have a career centre where students can be pointed to job openings and resources, as well as in-depth tips on how to increase your chances of getting a job, for free.
Job fairs are frequently offered to college students and are an excellent way to connect with members of the HR team who often attend as representatives of the company. Establishing a contact in the HR department of your prospective employer allows you to follow up on your application and ensure that your CV doesn’t get lost in the pile.
LinkedIn is the best known site for professional networking. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date and including the content of your CV on it can help employers and HR professionals reach out to you for an open position. 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.
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.
Tips for searching for a job online
- Check out the Irish 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,” type in “teacher jobs Cork”
- Keep an eye on company websites. Some companies only advertise jobs on their website and not on general recruitment websites or agencies.
- Employers often do google searches for candidates, so put your social media profiles of private while looking for work
Learn more by reading our article on finding a job online.
If you want more information on job-seeking, visit the employment section of SpunOut.ie.
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