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Excerpted from the Ireland Career Guide

Job Search Overview

The Irish economy suffered a major downturn with unemployment rising to 14.9 percent recently, but while layoffs are still impacting the Irish labor market, the overall employment numbers are showing signs of recovery as the unemployment rate fell to 10.1 percent in February this year, its lowest point since 2009. For more information, consult the Industry and Employment Trends section.

Online Job Sites

Irish Jobs
IrishJobs.ie claims to be Ireland's most popular online recruitment website and has been bringing jobseekers and recruiters together since 1995. It was the first recruitment website to be established by Saongroup.com, now a world leader in online recruitment, running 500 websites across 30 countries. Used by more than 900 businesses in Ireland and accessed by over half a million users each month, IrishJobs.ie is a comprehensive platform for the Irish job market. IrishJobs.ie has its head office in Dublin, with other offices in Galway and Cork.


Government Employment Resources

Public Appointments Service
The Public Appointments Service is recognized as the leading recruiter for public service jobs in Ireland. It is the centralized provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for civil service positions. It also provides recruitment and consultancy services to local authorities, Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies. This website is the main access route for candidates interested in joining the public service sector, and it contains useful information in its ‘Career Information’ section for those interested in working in the Irish Civil Service, Health Service or local authorities. It has a section providing advice for international applicants.

For graduates seeking information about career opportunities in the public service sector, the new website http://www.gradpublicjobs.ie/, part of http://www.publicjobs.ie/, offers a dedicated and dynamic information portal.

Public Appointments Service
Chapter House
26/30 Abbey Street Upper
Dublin 1
Lo-Call: 1890 449999
Tel: + 353 1 858 7400
Email: info@publicjobs.ie

Internship Programs

Internships Ireland
Internships Ireland provides a specialized service designed to help European undergraduates find internships or placements in Ireland in their academic fields. The company advertises that it recruits talented, motivated young individuals from around the world to work as interns in renowned Irish businesses looking for committed interns.

Tel: +353 1 839 5546
Fax: +353 1 832 5110
Email: info@internshipsireland.com

Career Fairs/Events

Career Zoo
Career Zoo has established itself as Ireland's largest career event for professionals and graduates who are seeking new career opportunities in Ireland. Leading Irish and multinational companies with job opportunities and top educational providers with professional courses attend Career Zoo events to meet smart, ambitious professionals and graduates hoping to advance their careers in Ireland. The event, which takes place in Dublin, is free to attend for jobseekers.


Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms

Brightwater Recruitment Consultancy was set up in 1998 under the tag line ‘The Best in Ireland.’ Within five years of its establishment, this company became one of the five largest employment agencies in Ireland. Jobseekers can sign up to ‘My Brightwater’ to receive the latest job postings that match their search criteria. The site also has short fact sheets according to sector that could prove very useful in career planning. It conducts an annual salary survey that is available online to download.

Brightwater, Dublin Office
36 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 662 1000
Fax: +353 1 662 3900
Email: dublin@brightwater.ie

Brightwater, Cork Office
49 South Mall
Tel: +353 21 422 1000
Fax: +353 21 422 4001
Email: cork@brightwater.ie


Executive Recruiters and Search firms

P-E Executive Search and Selection
P-E Executive Search and Selection is part of P-E International with more than 600 consultants. Operating in Ireland for more than 40 years, P-E Executive Search and Selection specializes in senior executive appointments both for large- and medium-sized organizations across all sections of business and public service. Its clients include multinational corporations, Irish companies and the semi-state organizations (government-owned enterprises).

PE Executive Search and Selection
24 Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 676 6453
Fax: +353 1 661 4292
Email: info@pesearchselect.ie

Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements

Irish Independent
The Irish Independent is Ireland’s best-selling daily newspaper and is published six days a week (Monday through Saturday), with an employment supplement on Thursday. While users can sign up to get free news emails every day, highlights of the day’s news are also available for free online. However, a digital version is available on subscription that can be accessed at home or at work and even on a mobile phone – in true printed form like the printed newspaper. All online sections are laid out just as in the actual paper, but are complemented by a variety of digital tools. Various subscription options exist, ranging from one day to one year. The Independent.ie mobile applications allow users to enjoy Independent.ie on a range of smartphones. The publication’s website includes a link to the recruitment site irishjobs.ie.


This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Ireland Guide.

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