Finding a job

Introduction

If you are looking for a job, there are many ways of getting information and supports to help you in your search.

To be successful in your job hunting, you should keep up to date with the latest sources of information on vacancies.

You can also look at other options, such as self-employment, returning to education or volunteering to get work experience. Or, if you are coming from outside Ireland to work, you can get more information in our page Finding a job in Ireland.

Where to find information on jobs

You should regularly check all the sources listed here for any new vacancies.

Your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare branch office

You can drop in or call your local Intreo centre to get information on job vacancies. Intreo centres 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 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 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 get 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

Usually when applying for a job, you must give the employer your CV (curriculum vitae) or complete an online application form. A good CV or application is essential when looking for a job, so that you can sell yourself to an employer.

Your CV or application form includes your:

  • Contact details
  • Educational qualifications
  • Work experience
  • Key skills and other relevant information
  • The names of 2 people who will provide a reference for you

Before you submit your CV or online application

When you identify a job vacancy, you should find out as much as you can about the company and the job opportunity. Check the company’s website or contact them directly.

Make sure your CV or application focuses on the specific requirements of the job you are applying for. You may want to tailor (tweak) your CV so that it better reflects your suitability to the requirements of the particular role.

You should also write a cover letter or complete an application form, if the advert asks for this.

Getting help with your CV, cover letter or online application form

If you are unemployed, your local employment service (LES) or your local 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 ‘Schemes and training supports for jobseekers’ below.

You can also contact your local Youth Information Centre for help with your CV and cover letter. Youth Information Centres are located all around Ireland, and they offer a free, confidential information service to people aged 12 to 25.

Employment equality

You are protected by employment equality legislation when you are applying for a job. This means employers cannot discriminate against you when they are deciding whether to hire you.

For example, they cannot discriminate on race, gender, age or family status. You can find out about all 9 grounds of discrimination in our page about the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Job interviews

Before your job interview, you need to prepare yourself. You can prepare by:

  • Researching the company and the role
  • Practice your answers to some sample questions
  • Be very familiar with your CV and application form
  • Plan your journey to the company, so you make a good impression on the day

You can get useful interview tips online.

You can also contact your local employment service (LES) or your local Job Club for help with training in interview skills – see ‘Schemes and training supports for jobseekers’ below.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or if you have a speech impairment, you can apply for funding to pay for an interpreter to assist you at a job interview. This is called the Job Interview Interpreter Grant (JIIG).

After the interview

Whether or not you are successful in the job interview, you can ask the employer to give you feedback on your performance. They do not have to provide you with feedback, but they may do so as a courtesy (politeness).

Can I see my interview notes?

If the employer ignores or refuses your informal request for interview feedback, you have a right to submit a data subject access request under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means you can formally request any information that the employer holds about you, including interview notes relating to you. Find out how to access your personal data under the GDPR.

It is important to note that, if you were not selected for the job, it may be difficult to access the reasons for non-selection. For example, the selection decision may not specifically refer to you, and you cannot request the interview notes or personal data of other applicants.

Schemes and training supports for jobseekers

Local Employment Services (also known as LES and Obair), help people who are long-term unemployed search for a job. They are in contact with local employers. LES also provide information on training options and employment schemes. Find your nearest LES office.

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 offer 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. Find your nearest Job Club.

Find more information on getting a job on the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed website.

Schemes for people getting social welfare payments

If you have been on jobseeker payments, or certain other social welfare payments for a specific period of time, you can apply for employment support schemes. These schemes help people who are long-term unemployed to return to work.

Some schemes, such as Community Employment (CE) scheme, provide jobs in the community. Other schemes, such as the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, helps you become self-employed while also keeping some of your payment.

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.
Page edited: 17 August 2021