Despite the most crippling financial crisis in modern Irish history having begun a decade ago, Ireland is now well on the road to recovery and there is plenty of work in Ireland for foreigners and those returning home. In fact, some would argue that the country has now moved past the recovery stage and is prospering again. This page will help you identify your opportunities for finding work in Ireland within this recovering, or prosperous, economy.
With Irish GDP projected to grow by around 2.5% from 2020 to 2024, the Irish economy looks set to be the fastest growing in the Eurozone until 2024. Unemployment levels are likely to continue to fall as the number of job opportunities across almost all sectors increases. If you are moving to Ireland for work, this should be music to your ears.
No matter where you move to in the world, the two most important things that you need to do are find a place to live and find suitable employment, Ireland is no different in this respect. If you are fortunate to have a job lined up through a work transfer or pre-arranged agreement, then you are well on your way to getting settled into life in Ireland. However, if you haven’t yet secured employment there is no need to panic. By deploying a set of proven strategies — both remotely before you arrive, and then on the ground once you get here, if necessary — you too can reap the rewards of the growing Irish economy.
Although it may not be possible to find your dream job or to work in Dublin right away, if you stay active on Linkedin, job websites like Recruit Ireland, Indeed, Monster.ie and Jobs.ie, and even local newspapers and Facebook groups, then you will increase your chances of finding an employment opportunity that best meets your needs.
However, in the interim, you will need to pay rent, sign up for a phone plan, pay your bills (internet, gas and electricity), as well as other miscellaneous costs that come from moving or returning to a new country. This consideration may be particularly acute if you arrive with a family or want to work in Dublin. If you want to make sure you can do all that without depleting your savings, then you need an income, so be flexible and don’t be afraid to take a short-term position that you may not love while your search for the perfect job continues.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
There is lots of work in Ireland for foreigners, newcomers and returning Irish emigrants but you need to prepare thoroughly in advance of your arrival and continue in the same way upon landing. This means making sure that your CV is suitable for Irish employers and that your cover letters are as tailored and detailed as possible.
In addition, doing some research into job opportunities in your field, like establishing if there are any location-specific variables to take into account, (for instance, many pharmaceutical companies are located in Cork) is a good idea. Similarly, making sure that your English language skills are optimized and any courses you have taken are accredited is something that you can do in advance of your arrival. These pre-arrival steps will greatly improve your chances of finding work once you arrive.
Finally, by making sure that your LinkedIn account is optimized and up to date, and by familiarizing yourself with job sites like Indeed, Monster.ie, Jobs.ie and Recruit Ireland, you are giving yourself the best opportunity of finding work in Ireland and, if needs be, the ‘needs must’ job once you get here.