Since the season of graduations is coming up and we’ve been asked several times lately how to look for jobs in Dublin, we decided to tell you more about our experiences of looking for jobs in Dublin and to share some tips. Where you want to start looking for jobs also depends on your level of experience and what type of jobs you’re looking for, such as part-time vs. full-time.
To hear about our personal experiences with finding a job, watch our video below.
Students, Graduates & Entry Level Jobs
There are several sites specifically for graduates and graduate schemes, such as gradireland.com. If you’re interested in graduate schemes, you might want to start looking at them as early as the beginning of the year since the programs often have application deadlines from before you actually get your final grades.
For more internships, you may also want to check out jobbio.ie. You’ll find a mixture of jobs there but mainly they seem to be targeted at internships, freelance gigs and part-time work. If there are positions with more hours its usually jobs requiring skilled workers, especially staff for restaurants or cafés. If you’re a student looking for a job on the side this might be a good start. Other than that, of course your university might have its own job boards as well.
Jobs for Experienced Professionals
If you already have at least a year or two in experience, perhaps even more, you’re probably looking for a job that will be the big next step in your career. Good sites to start are Jobs.ie and irishjobs.ie. The latter is where I found my first job in Dublin, which was our reason of moving here. On both sites, you’ll find mostly full-time jobs, asking for work experience in some way or other up to managerial roles which require significantly more experience. Usually, there is a good mix of jobs from larger and smaller companies. However, if you’re looking for a job with one of the most famous brands in Dublin (Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc.) it’s best to regularly check their own careers pages. Due the amount of jobs available but also the amount of interest in companies such as these, those companies often don’t even bother to advertise their roles anywhere else.
This strategy works best if you know exactly what you’re looking for, such as the category of jobs (e.g. marketing). Even better is when you know the titles of the roles in your career path. For example, I found my current job by looking for Digital Marketing Executive or Digital Marketing Specialist roles. If you’ve done that research, you might also find ie.neuvoo.com very useful. It’s a site that grabs job ads from all kinds of platforms. That means there is a lot of listings but if you look for exact role titles and use time posted filters wisely, it can be the fastest way to search for jobs that fit your profile.
Another classic route of course is to contact recruiters, which is how Sam got his job. This especially makes sense if you have a much sought after skillset, such as programming or particular foreign languages. The other route is through LinkedIn. It can be a bit of a gamble because not as many companies advertise their jobs there but it is where I got the most interviews and my current job from. If you know the job title you’re looking for or the categories of jobs put that in your headline (unless of course that would get you in trouble with your current employer) and open your profile to be found by recruiters.