Returning to Ireland after spending time abroad is an exciting and often emotional journey. The Irish job market has evolved, and finding the right job can be a daunting task without the right guidance. Here are our top 8 tips to help you navigate the Irish job market as a returning Irish citizen. Since 2018, we have been helping expats move back home. As one of Ireland's largest recruitment agencies, we have experts across the country who can guide and advise you on the job market. 


1. Research the Job Market

Before you return, take time to understand the current Irish job market. Ireland's economy is thriving, with strong sectors in technology, pharmaceuticals, finance, engineering and hospitality. Visit the FRS Recruitment website to explore all the latest roles we have have on offer. FRS Recruitment offers detailed insights and resources that can help you identify the best roles and sectors for your skills.

2. Polish Your CV

Irish employers expect a concise, clear, and well-structured CV. Your CV should include personal details, a professional summary, work experience, education, and skills. Focus on achievements and quantifiable results, and tailor your CV to each job application. FRS Recruitment has created a wealth of information on how you can ensure your CV stands out from the crowd.

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3. Leverage Your Network

Networking is crucial in Ireland. Reconnect with old contacts, attend industry meetups, join professional groups on LinkedIn, and participate in local events to build new connections. Irish people are generally friendly and open to networking, which can help you get valuable insights and job leads.

4. Utilising the FRS Recruitment 

FRS Recruitment specialises in helping Irish people return home and find meaningful employment. Registering with FRS Recruitment alerts you to job opportunities and offers personalised support throughout your job search. Their expertise can streamline your job hunt and connect you with roles that suit your experience and aspirations.

5. Prepare for Interviews

Interview styles in Ireland typically include competency-based questions. Prepare examples that demonstrate your skills and experience, and practice answering questions about your previous roles, how you handle challenges, and your reasons for returning to Ireland. Understanding the company culture and values will also help you make a good impression. FRS Recruitment has created a series of interview preparation sessions to ensure you’re ready to impress.

6. Stay informed on Employment Laws

Familiarise yourself with Irish employment laws to know your rights and responsibilities. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) website is a valuable resource for information on contracts, working hours, and employee rights. Understanding these laws will help you navigate job offers and workplace scenarios more confidently. FRS Recruitment can offer additional support and advice regarding employment regulations.

7. Enhance Your Skills

If you’ve been away for a while, consider taking courses to update your skills or gain new qualifications relevant to the Irish job market. FRS Recruitment along with FRS Training can recommend training programmes and courses that will make you a more competitive candidate.

8. Consider Volunteering or Internships 

If you're finding it difficult to secure paid employment immediately, consider volunteering or internships to gain local experience and build your network. Many organisations in Ireland value volunteer work, and it can sometimes lead to permanent job opportunities.


Final Thoughts

Returning to Ireland and navigating the job market can be challenging, but with the right preparation and mindset, it's entirely possible to secure a rewarding job. By researching the market, polishing your CV, networking, and leveraging local resources like FRS Recruitment, you'll be well on your way to building a successful career back home. Welcome back, and good luck! Visit our dedicated Career Tips and Advice page for all the info you need.


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FRS Recruitment is deeply committed to supporting Irish people both at home and abroad. As proud sponsors of GAAGO, the online streaming service for Gaelic Games, FRS Recruitment brings a touch of home to Irish people around the world. This sponsorship highlights our dedication to maintaining a connection with Irish culture and community, reinforcing our commitment to helping you feel at home.