Finding and getting a job
If you are looking for a job, there are many ways of getting information and supports to help you look for a job.
Whether you are currently in work, unemployed or in education, the process of finding and applying for a job is the same.
It is important to research all sources of information on job opportunities, and to send in a well-prepared job application with your CV (curriculum vitae).
You can also look at other options, such as self-employment, returning to education or volunteering to get work experience. If you are coming from outside Ireland to work, you can find more information in our document, Finding a job in Ireland.
Finding information on jobs
You should regularly check all the sources listed here for any new vacancies.
- Your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare branch office: They provide information and advice for all jobseekers. Intreo is a service from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) which provides a single point of contact for all employment services and income supports. You can read more in our document about employment services for jobseekers.
- Websites: The Jobs Ireland website lists jobs available in Ireland and abroad. It also lists internships and employment programme vacancies. You can upload your CV to the Jobs Ireland website so employers can access it and contact you directly.
- Social media: Some social media networking sites list job vacancies and also connect jobseekers with employers and other business professionals.
- Newspapers: Classified adverts sections of national and local newspapers (including their websites) often list jobs.
- Recruitment agencies: The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) has a directory of recruitment agencies. You often need to register with these private companies, who may receive a fee from the employer if you get the job. Contact specialist recruitment agencies if you are looking for a particular type of work.
- Notices: Local jobs are often advertised in shop and restaurant windows, in libraries, in supermarkets and on community noticeboards.
- Open days and recruitment days: Some employers and industries hold open days to recruit staff. Open days and events in your area may be advertised online, in local newspapers and at other local events.
- Companies: Check the websites of companies that are relevant to your area of work, because some job vacancies may only be advertised on their own website.
- Personal contacts: Friends or relatives may know of job opportunities.
Applying for a job
Your CV (or resumé) is a very important document. It is a summary of your contact details, educational qualifications and work experience. It should also include your key skills and other relevant information, together with the names of 2 people who will provide a reference for you.
When you identify a job vacancy, you should:
- Find out as much as you can about the company and the job opportunity. You can get information from the company’s website or you can contact them directly.
- Update your CV and send it with a cover letter or application form, as specified in the job advert. Make sure that your CV focuses on the specific requirements of the job you are applying for.
- Prepare for a job interview, by practising your answers to interview questions.
If you are unemployed, your local employment service (LES) or Job Club can help you with writing a CV and filling in job application forms. They can also help with training in interview skills – see ‘Other supports’ below.
Employment equality: You are protected by employment equality legislation when you are applying for a job. This means it is unlawful for your prospective employer to discriminate when they are deciding whether to employ someone. For example, they cannot discriminate on race, gender, age or family status. You can find out about all 9 grounds of discrimination in our document about the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Support for jobseekers
Help for people who are unemployed
Local employment services – Obair (LES) help people who are long-term unemployed to search for a job. They are in contact with local employers. LES also provide information on training options and employment schemes.
There are also employment support schemes that can help people who are long-term unemployed to return to work. These are for people who have been on jobseeker payments, or certain other social welfare payments, for a specific period of time.
Some schemes, such as Community Employment (CE) schemes, provide jobs in the community. The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance allows people on certain social welfare payments to become self-employed while also keeping some of their payment.
Help for all jobseekers
Job Clubs provide training and support for jobseekers. They can help you to write a CV, provide training in interview skills, and give support with the search for a job.
They also provide drop-in services and formal workshops lasting from 1 to 4 weeks. To attend a formal workshop, you must be a jobseeker who has been referred by a local employment service.
You can get a Training Support Grant (TSG) if you are a jobseeker and also getting certain other payments. The TSG is for short-term training that is not immediately available from a State provider, or for training that will help you to get a job quickly.