It is a good idea to start your job search before you return to Ireland, especially as many more employers are open to conducting interviews virtually.
Depending on your industry, it may be useful to update your LinkedIn profile. Setting your profile to be open to work lets recruiters know that you are seeking job opportunities and allows you to set location and profession preferences, increasing your profile’s visibility. Connect with people working in your desired sector and reach out to recruiters to maximise your opportunities. Business networks, such as the Irish International Business Network (IIBN), are great places to connect with people working in your sector, along with other Irish citizens who have returned from abroad.
There are plenty of websites to begin your job search, but ensure that you use reputable resources. Some reputable online resources include:
- JobsIreland.ie – the Public Employment Service of the Department of Social Protection
- PublicJobs.ie – Public Appointments Service careers across the Irish Civil and Public Service
- Activelink.ie – hub for Irish non-profit and community organisation career listings
- Indeed – search job opportunities in all sectors
- IrishJobs.ie – search job vacancies across Ireland in all sectors
Some Irish recruitment companies, like FRS Recruitment, cater to Irish citizens returning to Ireland from abroad so it can be worth reaching out to them as well to guide your search.
If you are hoping to start your own business on your return, check out Back for Business, an initiative to foster and support entrepreneurial activity among returned Irish emigrants or those planning to return to live in Ireland. Back for Business is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the Emigrant Support Programme.
The Citizens Information website also provides information on setting up a business in Ireland.
In addition to an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV), it can be useful to bring:
- Reference letters from former employers
- Copies of qualifications and relevant certifications
- Social insurance record from the country you are leaving. These forms provide details of your social insurance record and will be required if you need to claim sickness, maternity, or unemployment benefits in Ireland
- If returning from within the European Union, request form E104 and form U1 (formerly E301) from the relevant state authority
- Detailed records of your employment history, including contracts and payslips
Getting your foreign qualifications recognised
Before you return, make sure that your foreign qualifications are recognised in Ireland by using Foreign Qualifications Database on the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website. This database lists over 1,600 qualifications from more than 160 countries. You can use it to search for your qualification and compare your academic qualification to an Irish qualification of a similar level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
If you cannot find your qualification in the database, you can seek guidance from NARIC here.