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Getting your first job in Ireland

Most Brazilians who arrive in Ireland these days arrive on a student visa, which limits their options of employment as there are various employment restrictions attached to the visa. For Brazilians who have enrolled in an English language school they generally have employment rights but this is usually limited to 20 hours work per week (They can usually work more hours during school holidays or when they have completed their course.)

The difficulty of finding a job in Ireland varies from city to city and also on the type of job you are looking for. Many English language students end up working as cleaners or working in bars, restaurants and shops. Others choose to work as au pairs minding children, which usually means they are provided with accommodation. Below are some tips to follow if you are seeking work in Ireland.

Update your resume

An obvious action item all Brazilians should complete when seeking employment is to update their resume in advance of sending out to prospective employers. For resumes in Ireland you do not need to include your date of birth or add a photograph. Attaching a photo is not common in Ireland. Be sure to also add your most recent employment details and create different resumes with different content to match the role you are applying to. Add the phone numbers and emails for at least 2 contacts who can provide references for you, which is an indication to your potential employer that others you have worked for would recommend you and value your work.

Ask to meet the manager when applying in person

If handing out physical resumes to shops, bars or restaurants ask to see the manager. Delivering your resume to a general employee can sometimes mean it never reaches the manager. Also meeting the manager ensures you have an opportunity to impress or make a good first impression, as you get to provide them a feel of your attitude and how you approach people. It also shows initiative, you are going the extra effort. Be prepared for any questions they might ask about your experience, and let them know you are available to start immediately if possible, or even suggest a trial period.

Upload your CV on monster, indeed and other job sites

Employers use various job websites such as Monster, Indeed and to look for staff. These websites are free to use and allow employers to browse through and see your profile. If your skills and experience match their requirements there is always a good chance you can find employment.

Ask other Brazilians who are in employment to give your resume to their manager

Brazilians are known for their hard work. Most of the Brazilians who come to Ireland are highly regarded and many employers have such a good impression that they are often willing to give more Brazilians a chance. Talk to other Brazilians and ask them to introduce you to their manager or provide them with a copy of your resume, and inform them your availability (preferably that you are available to start as soon as possible).

If you have particular skill sets send your resume to a recruitment agency

Recruitment agencies in Ireland are very common, and a great way to find employment. Recruitment agents work with the largest companies in Ireland and there are various skills shortages, particularly in IT which they can help out with. Getting employment via a recruitment agent also means you are generally well paid, as they seek to maximise your salary (as they get a regular commission). If you have a high value skill or ample experience talking to a recruitment agents might be the best way to develop a good career in Ireland.

Author: James Osborne

While not Brazilian himself James has a lot of Brazilian influences in his life, with a partner from Minas Gerais and many Brazilian friends and colleagues. James loves all things tech, in particular front end web development and open source platforms such as WordPress and Joomla.
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