As part of a new series about the experiences of foreign workers in Ireland, we look at how to tailor your CV for the Irish job market. This article will help you to write a CV designed for the Irish job market.
A well-written CV is an important first step of any job search. This is true all around the world, but we all have our own customs and rules about what we include in our CVs. However, what might work in one country may not work in another. This article will help you to write a CV designed for the Irish job market.
The most basic requirement for professional roles in Ireland will be fluency in English. Good written and verbal communication is essential to finding a job in any industry here. Simply translating your existing CV into English will not be enough, you must plan it out in a way which will attract employers. We have gathered a list of practical tips which will help you stand out to Irish employers.
- Your CV should not be more than 2 or 3 pages in length. Long CVs are not appreciated by employers, who may not have time to read them.
- Keep it simple! Avoid using photographs and graphics, such as tables, charts and graphs. Irish employers prefer a more traditional layout. Information should be gathered under headings like Key Skills, Education and Qualifications, Work History and Achievements. These should be laid out in a clear, easy-to-read style.
- When writing your CV, avoid using ‘I’ or ‘We’, always write in the third person. For example “I managed the accounts for the company” should be “Managed accounts for the company”.
- Make sure that the information that you give is relevant. You do not have to give the details of everything that you did in previous jobs, especially if they are not relevant to the job that you are seeking now.
- It is a good idea to put a quick summary of yourself at the top of your CV, below your contact information. This should include the number of years’ experience you have.
- You should list all technical skills that you have, including the names of programmes or systems that you have worked with. You should also list your work-related achievements.
- It is a good idea to list any volunteering experience that you may have, in Ireland or elsewhere. Volunteering is looked on very favourably in Ireland, and it can provide important networking opportunities.
- You do not have to include references in your CV. Simply say that they are available on request.
If you have been working in Ireland for some time, here are some suggestions if you are looking to advance your career:
- You should highlight good communication skills, particularly if you are looking for jobs in HR.
- Emphasising your fluency in English is important. Having multiple languages is quite uncommon in Ireland, so listing these will look good on your CV, particularly for jobs in large multi-national companies. Be sure to list your degree of fluency as well.
- It is important that you show you are familiar with Irish legislation/ requirements for your industry. For example, in Accounting roles, your qualifications should be recognised in Ireland. You should be familiar with Irish employment law for HR roles.
- Include a link to your LinkedIn account.
If you are having trouble structuring your CV, we have included a template that you may like to use: