Finding A Job

For many people, the biggest factor affecting their decision to move home to Ireland is whether or not they can find employment here. No matter what sector you’re working in, there are a few steps you can take to secure that perfect job.

Things are looking up

It can be very difficult to take the plunge, especially if you have been working for a long time overseas and have established a successful career. The great news is that job prospects in Ireland are improving, with an average of 1,300 new jobs being created every week in 2015. Consequently, unemployment rates have fallen to under 10% from a peak of over 15% in 2012. There really has never been a better time to make the move home.

When you should start searching

Many companies are now looking to Irish talent overseas to fill skills gaps in the workforce, particularly in the construction, pharmaceutical, healthcare, IT and finance industries. With the possibility of telephone and video interviews, there’s no reason not to start the process of securing a new job before you move back home. Advancements in digital technology mean it’s easier than ever to access jobs, contact employers and make applications. So what are you waiting for?

Find out more about how to find the perfect job for you.

Updating your CV and online profile

The first thing you should do when applying for jobs in Ireland is update your CV and LinkedIn profile. Include a reference to any work experience you have gained while you were away – even if it doesn’t fit in with your career goals. Gaps in your CV can be a red flag for some employers while many prefer to hire people with plenty of varied experience. Your travels will make you a more attractive hire so make sure it’s covered on your CV.

Find out more about updating your CV and LinkedIn profile.


If you plan on including an overseas employer as a reference it’s important to discuss this with them before you leave – you don’t want them to be confused when they get a phone call from Ireland out of the blue. If you’ve been away for a while they might not remember your role in the company, which could mean you don’t get the reference you deserve. At a minimum, get a letter on headed paper from the HR department outlining the dates you worked for the company. Employers in Ireland will be relying on references to verify your overseas experience, and failure to produce these could mean you don’t get the job.


When you’re applying for jobs from abroad, it’s important to be very clear about your location and availability for interview. Some employers may not be willing to wait for you to return to Ireland, and you have to accept this. If you’ve secured a video or telephone interview, the same rules apply as if you were in a sit-down interview in Ireland – dress appropriately, do your research, practice your answers and arrive on time.

Find out more about interviewing for jobs in Ireland.