Published September 13, 2022 by Vinko Ninčević
Your job application – CV, preparation, tips & tricks
Work in Ireland

You are currently applying for work in Ireland or somewhere else abroad or even in your home country – doesn’t make a difference, the process is usually the same, just a couple of details will be discussed further regarding applying for work abroad.

Here you will cover the basics of the following:
● How to write a CV and how will it point out among other applicants
● How to prepare for an online interview
● What to wear for an interview
● Leaving a good first impression
● How the recruitment process and selection works

How to compose a good and attractive resume (CV)

Writing your resume doesn’t seem like too hard of a task, you have to cover your personal information, previous work experience, and education and that should be it, right? That pretty much is the idea, but how do you sort out that information in order to provide the best review of your previous work experience and how to secure yourself an interview with the employer or a recruiter?

Probably, you have already heard that interviewers only take 30 seconds to review your application – not completely true, but not false either. In the first 30 seconds, we will most definitely have the first impression about the applicant, and one of the crucial things is to leave a good one, read more below for additional details.

Over here, you can download our CV template – Word filePDF fileZIP file

Now, let’s start with the tips on how to prepare it:

Your CV does not necessarily need to be one page long for a person reviewing it to pay attention to it. Two or three pages work as well, but you do not need to go into so much detail. The things you should point out in your application:
● Your personal details (name, last name, contact – email and phone number)
● Previous work experience – the name of the employer, the position you have held, and the period of your employment (month and year)
● Always start with your most recent employment and make sure to describe it in more detail, showing your everyday duties and responsibilities. If you have been managing a team or have some accomplishments at work, it is always good to point them out
● If you are applying for a role and an older experience of yours is more relevant in that case, you can feel free to put it at the top of your CV
● Other employments can be just shortly listed in the ‘Previous roles’ section (employer, position held, month and year of employment)
● Under education, you can add more details if you have attended additional courses, and have required a diploma or certificate
● List the languages you speak – your mother tongue and others, with the level of knowledge (beginners A, intermediate B, advanced C); if you have a proficiency certificate, you can also point that out
● You can finish your resume with details about your skills and abilities

And a few more tips:

● If you haven’t been employed for a certain period, it’s good to fill the gap by leaving a short explanation – unemployment due to maternity/paternity leave, traveling abroad, studies, taking care of someone, etc.
● You don’t need to put names and contact details of your previous supervisor/manager, just put references available upon request
● It is not necessary to put in hobbies, however, if you have a passion or think it could be relevant to your job application, it’s okay to mention it, as it will show the employer a part of your personality
● Your CV should be written in Word or PDF format, try to avoid taking pictures of your CV or scanning a hand-written one
● Finally, review and double-check your CV to ensure there are no grammar or spelling mistakes

How to prepare for an online interview and what to wear

If this is the first time you are participating in an online interview or just not sure you are ‘doing it right’, hopefully, this article will help you overcome that.

When applying for a position abroad, it’s safe to guess that your interview will be held online, here is how you can leave the best impression. These are the best practices and tips:
● This was mentioned several times before so it’s obviously important – research, research, research. No matter if you are applying for work with a recruitment agency or the employer directly, you should find out more about their business, and their offers, it will show that you are interested and prepared for your future opportunities.
● You will, of course, be provided with more details by the interviewer, but that can never substitute your own research
● Take notes during the interview and write down any questions you might have
● Find a good environment for the interview – it should be quiet and bright enough. Sitting in a bar or a darkened room isn’t the perfect option for a job interview, the person you are speaking with should be able to hear you and see you well
● Make sure to test your sound and camera before the interview, we can also help you sort it out beforehand

When it comes to what to wear, first you need to figure out what the potential employer will regard as professional attire. The advice on this is quite simple, just take a look at what is the norm for the role you are
applying for.

Ladies can wear a shirt or a blouse, with or without a blazer, with subtle makeup, and moderate jewelry.

Men can go for a plain shirt, and if applying for some supervisor or managerial role, it would be good to wear a full suit (a tie is not mandatory but would be a bonus point).

Leaving a good first impression

So far so good, you have prepared a good CV and application, you’ve been invited for an interview and now you need to show yourself in the best light. Here is how:
● Guess what? First, we are going to mention research again
● Chose what you are going to wear and don’t start getting ready for the interview at the last moment
● If you think you will be late for the interview, inform the interviewer about it as soon as you can. Unexpected situations can happen and it’s understandable, but it would be good to keep the person up to date
● If you are unable to join the interview, once again, inform the interviewer – the call can always be rescheduled
● And last, put a smile on your face, relax and enjoy the interview – you will leave the best possible impression if you are just simply being yourself

How the recruitment process and selection works

By now, we have covered the information on how to prepare your application and yourself for the interview, let’s explain a bit about how the recruitment process and selection process works.

When applying for work with a recruitment agency, first, you will be contacted by one of the recruiters in order to schedule an online interview. You will need to confirm your availability and the platform for the meeting (can be Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or Viber – the point is, it needs to be a video call).

In the interview, we will go through more details about your previous work experience and preferences and we will inform you about open positions accordingly. After that, you will receive all the details in your email so you can research the employers further on and weigh your options.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are always there to cover them for you. Once you decide where you would be interested in applying for, we will forward your application to the employer. For that, we need your CV in English and a reference from your previous employer – it can be a written reference, or you can provide us with the contact number or email, and we will reach out directly to your referee.

The employers will go through the applications we forward them and the ones who will have a successful application will be invited for an interview with someone from the company – owner, department manager, or the HR manager.

Once we receive the feedback from the employer, we will let you know the result of your application – no matter whether it’s a positive or negative one. If we have different positions available, we can forward your application to other clients as well – point it, you will have more than one option and/or opportunity.

Are you feeling more prepared and ready for your job hunt now? If so, the only thing that is left to do is contact our recruiters for work in Ireland.

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