How to look for work in Dublin


Irish Job Market

To work in Ireland is necessary to apply for the Public Number Public Service Personnel first, also known as PPS number. To obtain it, visit the nearest Department of Social and Family Affairs (Social Welfare -SWLO-) office.

The documents to be submitted are:

  • Passport or DNI
  • The birth certificate or other document attesting the provenance of the EEA (European Economic Area)
  • A document proving an address in Ireland (owner's letter, rental invoice...).

The PPS assigned number notifying letter is sent, within 3-5 business days, to the home address facilitated when submitting the request. This notification serves as proof of the PPS number in transactions with public administration: health, education, taxes, employment, etc.

As in all countries, wages depend on the sector in which you want to work. The minimum wage in Ireland is € 1,546.35 per month.

For more information about the application procedure visit: or call +353 (0) 1 7043326

Resume or CV in Ireland

To apply for a job in Ireland, you should develop the Professional Experiences part and be brief about personal information. Some of the companies will ask you the contact number of your former company. The best way is to include it in your CV.

The first information an Irish employer will want to see is your CV (curriculum vitae) - an in depth look at your work and educational experience that, ideally, should not be longer than two pages.

Your CV should contain the following information about you:

  • Personal Information: At the top of the page include your name, birth date, and photo (the latter two are not mandatory but recommended)
  • Contact Information: Relevant personal contact information at the top of the page including: name, phone number, address, and email address
  • Purpose: The position that you are applying for
  • Professional Experience: Usually this information is listed chronologically, starting with your most recent employment. List your work experience with: your title, the name of the company you worked for, the dates of your employment, and a brief description of your tasks and achievements in that job
  • Education: This section should come before work experience if you are in school or have been out of school for one to three years, depending on your level of work experience and how relevant your education is to your career. If relevant for the position you are applying for, you can expand on your degrees and/or specialization
  • Certificates & Diplomas: Courses, seminars, congresses, or conferences that are relevant in relation to the position. Note if you received any special honours
  • Languages: This is extremely relevant to an international job. List which languages you speak and your level: advanced, intermediate or beginner. Point out if you can read, speak, or write in each language and list any associated degrees. Punctuation and grammar are extremely important
  • Computer Skills: Programs, applications, word processing, database, Internet experience, etc.
  • References: If not asked for in the job advertisement, you may indicate that references are available upon request.

In Ireland, it is admissible and advisable to make a "follow up" phone call or send an email to make sure they have received your application if the company does not respond within four weeks.

Cover Letters in Ireland

A cover letter usually accompanies a CV in a job application. In the format of a letter, it establishes your tone and intent. Format:

  • Header - Standard business letter style with the sender's address, the recipient's contact information and the date sent after either the sender's or the recipient's address. The final part of the header is a salutation, ideally, addressing the person who will be reading the letter (if unsure, check the company's webpage or LinkedIn page).
  • Introduction - The introduction briefly states the specific position desired, how you found out about it and a brief (one sentence) outline of why it interests you / why you are suited for it. The introduction paragraph should be designed to catch the employer's immediate interest.
  • Body - Highlights material in the resume or job application and explains why the job seeker is interested in the job and would be of value to the employer. Also, matters discussed typically include skills, qualifications, and past experiences.
  • Closing - Sums up the letter and indicates the next step the applicant expects to take. It may indicate that the applicant intends to contact the employer; although many favour the more indirect approach of simply saying that the applicant will look forward to hearing from or speaking with the employer. After the closing, you should add a valediction ("Sincerely") and a signature line.

Job Interviews in Ireland

Interviews are a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Research the company before the interview to discover their missions and direction. It is not uncommon for there to be a series of interviews, with the first lasting 30-60 min, and further meetings possibly taking an entire day.

  • Dress neatly and conservatively.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Bring your CV, business card, and copies of the certificates.
  • Ask questions. Demonstrate your knowledge and interest.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time.

Searching for a Job in Ireland

The Irish Employment Office

Those seeking for a job in Ireland are recommended to register in the local FÁS office (Employment Public Service Office) and to access to job, training offers and other services offered.

All of them can be accessed via Internet or entering the CV to be contacted by Irish companies. also provides specific information for foreign workers.

Job Search Engines to use in Ireland

Search engines allow you to scan a great variety of jobs and narrow down your search on certain criteria. It is also a good idea to post your CV online so hiring managers can find you. They may also allow you to sign-up for e-mail alerts when new jobs become available.

The following are the biggest search engines available in Ireland.

Job Adverts and Agencies in Ireland

Most agencies specialize in a particular field, such as computers, nursing, secretarial work, accounting, catering, or construction. There are also "head hunting" agencies that are hired by large companies to recruit executives, managers or professionals.

The main recruiting agencies web sites are:

Mass Media

Several papers, radio or TV programs have helpful classifieds section. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions, like teaching, computers, and media.

These include:


As part of the EU, job seekers can access the European job mobility portal EURES. This resource provides information about job vacancies and the labour market. It also provides information on the living, working conditions and a CV posting service.


EURAXESS is an international initiative that supports European and non-European investigators hoping to find research careers in Europe. Available research positions are posted online.

Career Fairs in Ireland

Career fairs are an excellent way to find out about available jobs and opportunities. There are a large variety of employers you can visit in one day. Entrance is usually free, but registering online might be encouraged. Bring your resume and dress to impress, as there may be interviews on the spot.

You can find out about upcoming fairs in your industry on the homepage of the Ireland Expo Database.

Networking in Ireland

Sometimes getting a job is about knowing the right people. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you would like to work. Expat events can also be a great way to find out how other expats found work and see if their company has any openings. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedln or expat forums.

Au Pair in Ireland

Another way to settle in a country, it is by working as an au pair. This person is in charge of taking care of the children and lives within the home of the family. The au pair is provided accommodation and meals and a stipend of spending money. The family gains a loving caretaker for their children and an addition to the family.

You will find more information on Au Pair in "Au Pair" section of the guide for full details.

Work Visas & Permits

Ireland is a member of the EU therefore citizens of the EU and European Economic Area do not require a working visa. Those coming from countries outside the EU will need to obtain both a residence permit and a work permit. Please refer to "Passport & Visa" section of the guide for full details.

Update 14/10/2017


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