How to start your job search

Whether you are looking for a graduate programme, a job in your chosen field or temporary work while you decide on your next step, it’s important not to leave it until after your final exams. It can take many job applications before getting your first interview, so apply throughout your final year.

Here’s our Top 10 Tips:

1)      Careers Connect – the Career Development Centre’s hub for jobs, events, appointments, funding. Browse current jobs, search for companies and update your profile to get weekly emails. Registered NUIG students use your usual login. Graduates of 2016 & 2017, sign up as a graduate giving your old student number.

2)      Social media – find which suits the career you are pursuing and where the employers are promoting themselves. Use Twitter to follow companies and professions that interest you, many share job alerts as well. You can also search using appropriate key words and hashtags (e.g., #jobfairy). Follow companies that interest you on LinkedIn, use the job search tool, and see where graduates of your subjects are working. You can also add the url to your detailed profile to your CV.  See our Social Media tips for details.

3)      Job Fairs – go to our Graduate Jobs Fair in October, Teaching Fair in January and Internships & Graduate Opportunities Fair in January. Gradireland have fairs in Dublin usually in October and June. RDS usually have one in January. Online ‘EU Job Days’
Talk to as many employers as possible – many recruit from a range of backgrounds. Take notes about the company, eg. the name of the person you met, that could help in your application.

4)      Network – use every opportunity to talk to those in the industry that interests you. Go to our panel discussions and employer events on campus – check Careers Connect for details.
Take time to think about your ‘elevator pitch’ (this could reflect the ‘objective’ or ‘profile’ that you can have in your CV). A short summary of what you can offer and what you are looking for… ‘Biomedical final year looking to gain experience in industry. Having done my final year project on ___ and worked extensively on ___ technologies, I’m really interested in working in pharmaceutical R&D but am open to any opportunity’. In essence, the points you’d like them to remember about what you have to offer.

5)      Speculative approach – the direct approach can yield results. The majority of companies have a ‘careers’ page on their website (either in the menu bar or under ‘about us’). Browse Enterprise Ireland's company directories or the IDA's industry profiles and company listings for companies in your targeted sector.
Tailor your CV and cover letter to show you understand the company and if emailing, add your CV as a pdf, use a specific subject line, and the body of your email is your cover letter. You can brush up on the company using Inside Buzz (also on gradireland), or (and the Library have many databases that could be useful –, Lexis-Nexus etc), and follow the company’s social media.

6)      Friends & Family – people hear of vacancies within their own workplace or may pass on your details to someone that is hiring. Talk to everyone you know! 

7)      Students Union – can be contacted with part-time jobs so follow them on social media. These may also be advertised on Careers Connect.

8)      University Department – sometimes jobs get sent directly to the department so keep an eye on their notice board. 

9)      Recruitment Agencies – although they often specialise in particular industries, many recruitment agencies will take graduates on to their books. They may also have temporary jobs to help you get experience. Remember, you should never have to pay to use an agency’s services (online or office based) – they charge the employer. 

10)  Specialist magazines, journals and societies often have classified adverts and may have associated websites. Check the James Hardiman Library reading room to see if they hold any in your area of interest.

 International students at NUIG - The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service outline the conditions for working during/after your studies.

Most companies are using the web to promote their brand and to advertise their jobs. 
The internet is full of job sites so to help you, we’ve listed some Irish ones here as a starting point*. 

 Other general jobs sites include:

There are many other sites that may be of interest to you, so use your favourite search engine to browse through specialist sites using targeted search terms, e.g., 'graduate job environment ireland' .
*These are a sample only. The CDC are giving you a starting point on this page and not listing every Irish job site.